High School Sports

Poplarville Hornets buzzing AP Top 10; Picayune, Stone, East Central also impress

Poplarville quarterback Antonio Barnes throws against Stone during the second quarter of their game at A.L. May Stadium in Perkinston on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Poplarville quarterback Antonio Barnes throws against Stone during the second quarter of their game at A.L. May Stadium in Perkinston on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

The Sun Herald’s No. 1 team in Poplarville remained No. 7 in the latest Associate Press Mississippi high school football rankings.

Poplarville (5-0), which had a bye week before Friday’s Region 7-4A opener against Greene County, also leads the Class 4A poll with all 15 first-place votes.

Picayune is the only other Coast school getting attention in the overall rankings. The Tide (4-1) earned three points, 22 behind No. 10 Northwest Rankin.

The top seven spots in this week’s overall rankings remained unchanged with No. 1 West Point, No. 2 Pearl, No. 3 Tupelo, No. 4 Starkville, No. 5 Hattiesburg and No. 6 Madison Central ahead of the Hornets. No. 8 Oak Grove, No. 9 Olive Branch and NWR round out the Top 10.

The Tide also stayed at No. 4 in the Class 5A rankings. Stone High (3-1) earned six points, which ranks eighth in the classification.

Right behind the PHS Hornets in 4A is East Central (5-0) as the No. 2 team.

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; Commercial Dispatch; Bolivar Commercial; Greene County Herald; Hattiesburg American; Hattiesburg Post; Clarion-Ledger; Enterprise-Journal; Natchez Democrat; Oxford Eagle; Starkville Daily News; Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal; Vicksburg Post; WCBI-TV, Columbus; and WTVA-TV, Tupelo.

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Mississippi Prep Polls

Here are Mississippi’s top high school football teams in each class as selected by a panel of Associated Press state sports writers.

Class Overall

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. West Point (12)

(5-0)

145

1

2. Pearl (3)

(6-0)

135

2

3. Tupelo

(5-0)

124

3

4. Starkville

(5-1)

90

4

5. Hattiesburg

(5-0)

85

5

6. Madison Central

(4-1)

70

6

7. Poplarville

(5-0)

40

7

8. Oak Grove

(4-1)

35

9

9. Olive Branch

(5-0)

32

10

10. Northwest Rankin

(4-1)

25

NR

Others receiving votes: Warren Central 11, Cleveland Central 8, Jackson Prep 6, East Central 5, Yazoo County 4, Picayune 3, North Panola 3, Philadelphia 2, Horn Lake 1, Simmons 1.

Class 6A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Pearl (12)

(6-0)

147

1

2. Tupelo (3)

(5-0)

138

2

3. Starkville

(5-1)

120

3

4. Madison Central

(4-1)

98

4

5. Oak Grove

(4-1)

54

5

Others receiving votes: Northwest Rankin 37, Warren Central 6.

Class 5A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. West Point (14)

(5-0)

149

1

2. Hattiesburg

(5-0)

133

2

3. Olive Branch

(5-0)

118

3

4. Picayune

(4-1)

91

4

5. Cleveland Central (1)

(6-0)

90

5

Others receiving votes: Natchez 7, Brookhaven 6, Stone 6.

Class 4A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Poplarville (15)

(5-0)

150

1

2. East Central

(5-0)

128

2

3. Pontotoc

(5-1)

117

T3

4. Louisville

(5-1)

109

T3

5. Greene County

(6-0)

84

5

Others receiving votes: Itawamba AHS 12.

Class 3A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. North Panola (13)

(5-0)

148

1

2. Yazoo County (2)

(5-0)

122

3

3. Jefferson Davis County

(5-1)

114

4

4. Hazlehurst

(5-0)

96

5

5. Charleston

(4-2)

80

2

Others receiving votes: South Pontotoc 40.

Class 2A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Philadelphia (15)

(6-0)

150

1

2. Calhoun City

(5-1)

129

2

3. Newton

(5-0)

118

3

4. Perry Central

(6-0)

110

4

5. East Webster

(5-1)

54

5

Others receiving votes: Scott Central 27, Eupora 12.

Class 1A

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Simmons (15)

(5-0)

150

1

2. Nanih Waiya

(6-0)

134

2

3. Lumberton

(4-1)

110

3

4. Smithville

(5-1)

103

4

5. Noxapater

(4-1)

80

5

Others receiving votes: Ray Brooks 16, Biggersville 7.

MAIS

School

W-L

Pts

Prv

1. Jackson Prep (15)

(6-0)

150

1

2. Jackson Aca.

(5-0)

134

2

3. Parklane Aca.

(6-0)

114

3

4. Madison-Ridgeland Aca.

(6-1)

103

4

5. Indianola Aca.

(6-0)

57

NR

Others receiving votes: Presbyterian Christian 24, Oak Forest, La. 12, Lamar School 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 Commercial Dispatch, Columbus; Bolivar Commercial, Cleveland; Greene County Herald, Leakesville; The Sun-Herald, Biloxi-Gulfport; Hattiesburg American, Hattiesburg; The Hattiesburg Post, Hattiesburg; The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson; Enterprise-Journal, Mc Comb; The Natchez Democrat, Natchez; The Oxford Eagle, Oxford; Starkville Daily News, Starkville; Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo; The Vicksburg Post, Vicksburg; WCBI-TV, Columbus; WTVA-TV, Tupelo.

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