After latest loss, Twisters barely hanging on to state rank

After latest loss, Twisters barely hanging on to state rank
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Union City hung on by a thread to its state ranking.
The Golden Tornadoes, who dropped their third game in four weeks with a 30-27 loss to Trenton on Friday, edged out Collinwood for the final spot in the latest Associated Press Class 1A Top 10 released Monday afternoon.
UC, now 4-3, received 15 total points — three more than Collinwood, which has dropped back-to-back games after a 5-0 start to the season.
The Twisters will hope to right the ship in a season that started with considerable promise and high expectations with a trip to Lake County this week for a critical District 14A matchup.
Lake County is 4-2, 1-1 in league play.
Union City was ranked as high as No. 2 in the poll after its 3-0 start, but fell to sixth after its initial loss to now-No. 5 Huntingdon.
A blowout of Greenfield actually hurt the Tornadoes’ status and cost the locals two more spots before a two-touchdown defeat at the hands of Class 2A’s second-ranked team — Dresden — knocked UC to eighth.
The Twisters were ninth last week before losing a close decision to Peabody in a game they dominated statistically.
South Pittsburg moved back into the No. 1 after a week at No. 2 in close voting that saw Gordonsville, Moore County, Greenback and Coalfield all receive first-place votes from writers and broadcasters across the state.
Huntingdon (6-1) is still fifth after whipping Gleason 43-14, while West Carroll (5-2) — a 13-7 loser to Dresden in a battle of ranked teams — dropped to ninth from eighth.
Unbeaten Dresden (7-0), on the strength of that perfect record and back-to-back victories over state-ranked teams, remained at No. 2 in Class 2A.
The Lions received two first-place votes and 180 total points to trail only top-ranked Boyd Buchanan. The two teams plus Watertown are the only teams in Double-A without a loss.
Adamsville, winners of six straight since a season-opening loss to 4A Chester County, advanced one spot to sixth.
South Gibson and Milan flip-flopped at Nos. 5 and 6 despite the fact that each recorded convincing wins.
SG (7-0) is still perfect and leaped past the Bulldogs (6-1) after thumping Obion Central 41-14. Milan handled Westview 31-6.
Covington (7-0), Lexing-ton (6-1) and Dyersburg (5-1) all remained the same at Nos. 2, 7 and 10, respectively, after big wins last week.
The Chargers beat Gibson County 64-19, Lexington routed Jackson South Side 49-14, and D’burg won over Crockett County 28-7.
In 5A, an open date cost Jackson Northside the No. 2 spot, the 6-0 Indians now third behind Beech and Knoxville West.
A 41-26 loss to Clarksville Northeast knocked Henry County (5-2) from fourth to No. 9, with CNE rising four spots to sixth.
Unbeaten Hardin County, a 44-40 shootout victor over Dyer County last week, made its debut at No. 10.
University School of Jackson, a 20-point winner over Fayette Academy (34-14) inched forward to No. 7 from eighth in the Division II listing.
A complete poll listing can be found on page 9.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.2.12

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