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Who’s in, who’s out and which team climbed closer to the top in latest Sun Herald Top 10

East Central's Joel Reiser, center, celebrates after his team recovered a Jefferson Davis County rumble on Friday, September 8, 2017, at East Central High in Hurley. The Hornets climbed one spot to No. 2 in the Sun Herald’s latest Top 10 rankings.
East Central's Joel Reiser, center, celebrates after his team recovered a Jefferson Davis County rumble on Friday, September 8, 2017, at East Central High in Hurley. The Hornets climbed one spot to No. 2 in the Sun Herald’s latest Top 10 rankings. amccoy@sunherald.com file

Perhaps this was a long time coming, but East Central broke into the Sun Herald’s top two spots Monday, swapping rankings with Picayune.

The No. 2 Hornets (8-0) are one of the hotter teams around and Friday was just the latest lopsided win as ECHS topped Bay High 54-13 to clinch the school’s first region title in 24 years.

East Central switched spots this week with No. 3 Picayune (7-2) after the Maroon Tide stumbled late in a 41-37 loss to Hattiesburg on Friday.

The other big change in this week’s Coast ranking included the additions of No. 9 St. Martin (5-4) and No. 10 Biloxi (3-6).

The Yellow Jackets picked up their second win in as many weeks with a 31-28 overtime win over rival Ocean Springs.

“Beating Ocean Springs was huge for us,” St. Martin coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead told the Sun Herald after the team’s first win in the rivalry in 13 seasons. “They’re our rivals. We should’ve beaten them the last two years, but they found a way to win.”

The Indians have had about as big of a roller coaster of a season as anyone in South Mississippi, but look to have gotten a boost from the return of starting quarterback Brodie King. The senior was injured in the team’s opener and subsequently missed the next seven games. All King did in his return was pass for 214 yards and two scores in a 52-28 rout of Pascagoula.

The rest of the Sun Herald’s rankings remained unchanged with No. 1 Poplarville (9-0), No. 4 Gulfport (6-3), No. 5 Hancock (7-2), No. 6 Stone (5-3), No. 7 Long Beach (6-3) and No. 8 St. Stanislaus (5-4) all staying put after wins.

D’Iberville (3-6), Resurrection (4-6) and Pass Christian (4-5) all fell from the land of the ranked.

Next up

There’s only one Top 10 matchup on this week’s schedule with Biloxi traveling to Hancock. Other ranked teams in action include: Ocean Springs at Gulfport; St. Martin at Pascagoula, Picayune at Gautier, Pearl River Central at Stone, Long Beach at Hattiesburg, East Central at Vancleave, St. Stanislaus at Pass Christian and Poplarville at Lawrence County.

Sun Herald Top 10

School (Points)

Record

PVS

1. Poplarville (30)

9-0

1

2. East Central (27)

8-0

2

3. Picayune (24)

7-2

3

4. Gulfport (21)

6-3

4

5. Hancock (18)

7-2

5

6. Stone (15)

5-3

6

7. Long Beach (12)

6-3

7

8. St. Stanislaus (8)

5-4

8

9. St. Martin (6)

5-4

NR

10. Biloxi (4)

3-6

NR

Dropped out: D’Iberville (0; 3-6; T10), Resurrection (0; 4-6; T10), Pass Christian (0; 4-5; 9)

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