High School Sports

Two Coast teams hold strong in latest AP prep poll

Biloxi's Matthew Boudreaux tackles St. Stanislaus' Darius Pittman during the 2016 Shrimp Bowl on Friday, August 19, 2016, in Biloxi.
Biloxi's Matthew Boudreaux tackles St. Stanislaus' Darius Pittman during the 2016 Shrimp Bowl on Friday, August 19, 2016, in Biloxi. amccoy@sunherald.com file

St. Stanislaus and Gulfport remained entrenched in the second Mississippi Associated Press high school football poll of the 2016 season.

Picayune (2-0), fresh off a 56-21 victory over St. Martin (2-1), received votes for the statewide Top 10 rankings. After holding on to defeat Long Beach 37-24, the Rockachaws (3-0) jumped up one spot to No. 4. Gulfport (2-1) slipped three spots to No. 9 after falling to De La Salle of New Orleans 35-13.

Class 6A: Gulfport fell one spot to No. 5 in the Class 6A poll. Hancock (3-0) was the top 6A vote-getter outside the Top 5, receiving six points.

Class 5A: Picayune is ranked for the first time in 2016, climbing to No. 5 in the 5A poll. Stone High (3-0) received six points.

Class 4A: The Rockachaws held strong atop the Class 4A poll, receiving eight first-place votes and 98 total points. Archrival Noxubee County received one first-place vote — as did Pontotoc — but remains in second place with 82 points. Moss Point (2-1) slipped two spots to No. 5 after falling at Harrison Central 21-7. Poplarville (2-1) received 12 points.

Class 1A: Fresh off defeating Jay (Florida) 46-0, Resurrection (2-1) remained in second place in the Class 1A poll.

The polls

Here are Mississippi’s top high school football teams in the overall AP rankings and in each class as selected by a panel of sportswriters.

Overall

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Clinton (10)

(3-0)

100

2

2. Brandon

(2-1)

85

1

3. Starkville

(3-0)

75

3

4. St. Stanislaus

(3-0)

56

5

5. Warren Central

(3-0)

43

8

(tie)Grenada

(3-0)

43

9

7. Noxubee County

(2-1)

35

7

8. West Point

(2-1)

32

4

9. Gulfport

(2-1)

21

6

10. Jackson Prep

(3-0)

15

10

Others receiving votes: Oxford 9, Hattiesburg 9, Tupelo 6, Picayune 6, Charleston 5, South Jones 4, West Jones 3, Northwest Rankin 2, Petal 1.

Class 6A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Clinton (10)

(3-0)

100

2

2. Brandon

(2-1)

86

1

3. Starkville

(3-0)

82

3

4. Warren Central

(3-0)

72

5

5. Gulfport

(2-1)

30

4

Others receiving votes: Hancock 6, Petal 6, Meridian 6, Tupelo 6, Northwest Rankin 6.

Class 5A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Grenada (9)

(3-0)

99

1

2. Hattiesburg (1)

(2-1)

74

3

3. West Point

(2-1)

66

2

4. Oxford

(2-1)

59

4

5. Picayune

(2-0)

37

NR

Others receiving votes: Laurel 36, South Jones 9, West Jones 8, Vicksburg 6, Stone County 6.

Class 4A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. St. Stanislaus (8)

(3-0)

98

1

2. Noxubee County (1)

(2-1)

82

2

3. Pontotoc (1)

(3-0)

67

5

4. Senatobia

(2-1)

49

4

5. Moss Point

(2-1)

43

3

Others receiving votes: West Lauderdale 16, Itawamba 14, Tishomingo County 13, Poplarville 12, South Pike 6.

Class 3A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Charleston (8)

(3-0)

96

1

2. Hazlehurst (1)

(3-0)

82

T2

3. Raleigh (1)

(3-0)

78

T2

4. Kemper County

(2-1)

62

4

5. Tylertown

(3-0)

54

5

Others receiving votes: East Side 14, Philadelphia 8, West Marion 6,

Class 2A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. East Webster (6)

(3-0)

94

3

2. Bassfield (4)

(2-1)

90

1

3. Calhoun City

(2-1)

71

4

4. Bay Springs

(2-1)

50

2

5. Eupora

(3-0)

43

NR

Others receiving votes: Enterprise Clarke 12, Madison St. Joseph 12, Heidelberg 8, West Tallahatchie 8, Union 6, East Marion 6.

Class 1A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Simmons (9)

(3-0)

99

1

2. Resurrection Catholic

(2-1)

86

2

3. Smithville (1)

(3-0)

72

3

(tie) Nanih Waiya

(2-1)

72

4

5. Shaw

(2-1)

46

5

Others receiving votes: West Lowndes 13, Lumberton 12.

Class Private Schools

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Jackson Prep (9)

(3-0)

99

1

2. Presbyterian Christian (1)

(3-0)

78

4

3. Madison-Ridgeland Aca.

(3-1)

73

3

4. Jackson Aca.

(2-1)

60

2

5. Lamar School

(3-1)

28

NR

Others receiving votes: Copiah Aca. 20, Oak Forest , La. 15, Indianola Aca. 8, St. Joseph, Greenville 7, Greenville Christian 6, Parklane Aca. 6.

All Associated Press members in Mississippi are eligible to participate in the high school football poll. Those who voted for this week's poll are: The Sun-Herald, Biloxi-Gulfport; The Chronicle, Laurel; Bolivar Commercial, Cleveland; The Hattiesburg Post, Hattiesburg; The Meridian Star, Meridian; Mississippi Press-Register, Pascagoula; The Vicksburg Post, Vicksburg; WCBI-TV, Columbus; WTVA-TV, Tupelo; WJTV, Jackson.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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