|Rebels roll pair of 6s — rank and seed — heading into playoffs
|Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 7:01 pm
| By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Six seems to be Obion Central’s magic number.
The No. 6 seed in the West quadrant of the Class 4A state playoff bracket revealed on Saturday, the Rebels were listed sixth in the final Associated Press prep poll of the season Monday.
The Rebels, who dropped their regular season finale to Dyersburg for just their second loss in 10 games, fell three spots from third in the last balloting of the year by AP member sports writers and broadcasters across the state.
OC collected 80 total points, but fell behind Covington, Maplewood and Chester County in the final Top 10.
Covington, which fell from third to fifth last week in the aftermath of a two-point loss to Class 3A No. 2 Milan, finished the regular season with a No. 3 state ranking. Chester County ended up fifth after bouncing back from consecutive losses following a 6-0 start with two wins.
Both the Chargers and CC — like Obion Central — will enter the playoffs with 8-2 records.
The pecking order of the rural West Tennessee trio in the final poll mirrors the order of the three in the playoff seeding as Covington is the best of that group with a No. 2 designation. Chester County is a five-seed and OC a six.
Dyersburg, a surprising No. 7 seed despite a similar 8-2 record and win vs. the Rebels in Week 10, was on the fringe of the last Top 10 at No. 11.
Greeneville and Lexington — the latter the state’s lone unbeaten Class 4A entry — remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the poll.
In Class 2A, Dresden dropped out of the Top 5 as a result of its 42-13 loss to single-A No. 1 Huntingdon. The Lions ended up eighth, behind No. 4 Humboldt and fifth-ranked Adamsville, which advanced a position and represented this end of the state.
Milan moved to second behind unbeaten No. 1 Smith County in 3A, with Camden on the outside looking in at the Top 10 at 11th. Both team will have rematches of regular season games in their respective first-round postseason encounters, the second-seeded Bulldogs vs. county-rival South Gibson — a No. 7 seed — and Camden against Westview in a 3 vs. 6 meeting.
Milan and Westview won the first of those two matchups.
Huntingdon, which completed its first unbeaten regular season since 1975 with the aforementioned convincing triumph over Dresden on Thursday, ended up atop the Class 1A heap. The Mustangs barely edged Wayne County, a 21-6 winner over Perry County in a Week 10 battle of rival unbeatens.
Class 5A finished the regular season with co-No. 1s as Powell moved into a tie with fellow 10-0 entry Henry County.
The Patriots had 14 first-place votes to five for Powell, but both ended up with 182 total points. HC had been No. 1 alone for three straight weeks and beat Rossview 49-14 to wrap up its perfect regular season, while Powell thrashed Franklin County 56-7.
Dyer County fell from fourth to eighth in the aftermath of a one-point loss to 6A Brighton for the District 13AAA championship.
Brighton, whose only loss came in a 49-6 blowout to No. 2 Riverdale, finally made an appearance in the largest Division I classification, at No. 10.
USJ stayed at No. 8 in the Division II listing.
A complete rankings list can be found on page seven.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com. Published in The Messenger 11.1.11