Week off not bad, or good, for UC’s poll position

Week off not bad, or good, for UC’s poll position
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
An open date neither hurt nor improved Union City’s standing in the Class 1A state prep football rankings.
The Golden Tornadoes — idle last week — remained at No. 10 in the latest Associated Press listing.
A season-long member of the poll — in its eighth installment Monday — UC stayed at 10th for the third straight week.
The Twisters (5-3) used last week’s free Friday to heal a handful of injuries that have hampered them of late and employed a lighter practice schedule than usual as they look to close the regular season strong and hopefully prime themselves for a deep playoff run.
District 14A games against South Fulton (3-6) and Humboldt (5-3) the next two Fridays will determine Union City’s postseason seed.
There was a new No. 1 in the Single-A poll as Gordonsville (7-1) replaced South Pittsburg after the Pirates suffered their second loss in eight games — a 35-21 decision to Class 2A’s top team, Boyd-Buchanan.
SP fell to No. 3, also behind the only unbeaten team in the Top 10, Moore County (8-0).
Rural West Tennessee entries Huntingdon and West Carroll — both 7-2 — each advanced two places to Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, in a reshuffled pecking order that also saw previously-perfect and fifth-ranked Coalfield fall to Double-A No. 5 Oneida 21-14, and Copper Basin (6-2) lose to Marion County 49-41.
There was a varying difference of opinion among statewide voters, though, as Gordonsville received 11 first-place votes, while Moore County got six and South Pittsburg two. Just three total points separated the top two entries.
In Class 2A, Dresden — which rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Weakley County rival Gleason and remain unbeaten through nine games — trails only Boyd-Buchanan.
The Lions have an open date this week before squaring off against Huntingdon in a District 13A showdown to decide the final pecking order of that league. The Mustangs are also idle this week.
Adamsville (8-1), winners of eight straight since a season-opening loss to Chester County, stayed put at No. 6 in 2A.
Though there is now a tie atop the Class 3A heap between reigning champion CAK (Christian Academy of Knoxville) and Alcoa, the middle of the pack remained the same as area teams South Gibson (8-0) and Milan (7-1) remained fifth and sixth, respectively.
Milan, which dropped a stunning one-point decision to SG earlier in the season, will no doubt face its toughest opposition this week when Class 4A No. 2 Covington (8-0) entertains the Bulldogs in a District 13AA showdown.
Once-beaten Lexington (No. 6) and fellow 7-1 entry Dyersburg (8th) remained status quo in the 4A Top 10 after blowout wins last week.
Jackson Northside (8-0) is still second — behind only Beech — in the 5A ratings with Henry County (6-2) still sixth.
Northside spanked Munford 54-14 for its eighth consecutive win, while HC was idle last week.
Unbeaten University School of Jackson (8-0) leapfrogged St. George’s after edging the defending Class 1A champion in Division II last week 16-13 — the Bruins now sixth.
A complete listing of this week’s rankings can be found on page 7.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.16.12

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