High School Sports

Hornets make a move in next to last AP prep poll

East Central head coach Seth Smith reacts during the second quarter against Hazlehurst, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at East Central High School in Hurley.
East Central head coach Seth Smith reacts during the second quarter against Hazlehurst, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at East Central High School in Hurley. Special to the Sun Herald

Fresh off yet another lopsided victory, the East Central Hornets (9-0) improved one spot in the Associated Press’ penultimate Mississippi Prep Poll of the 2017 season, climbing one spot to No. 9 in the overall ranking.

Poplarville (10-0) stayed at No. 7 in the state-wide poll.

The two Coast schools stayed at the top of the Class 4A rankings, too, with Poplarville garnering all 11 first-place votes.

Picayune is the only other Coast school to find itself in the AP’s rankings this week. The Maroon Tide (8-2) stayed at No. 5.

The overall Top 10 included some changes this week with No. 1 West Point (10-0), No. 2 Pearl (11-0), No. 3 Tupelo (10-0), No. 4 Hattiesburg (10-0), No. 5 Madison Central (8-2), No. 6 Starkville (9-2), No. 7 Poplarville, No. 8 Cleveland Central (11-0), No. 9 East Central and No. 10 Warren Central (7-3).

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, Hattiesburg Post, Enterprise-Journal, Natchez Democrat, Starkville Daily News, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Vicksburg Post, WCBI, WTVA.

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Class Overall

School W-L Pts Prv

1. West Point (10) (10-0) 109 1

2. Pearl (11-0) 94 3

3. Tupelo (10-0) 91 2

4. Hattiesburg (10-0) 67 5

5. Madison Central (8-2) 54 6

6. Starkville (9-2) 48 4

7. Poplarville (10-0) 43 7

8. Cleveland Central (1) (11-0) 33 8

9. East Central (9-0) 19 10

10. Warren Central (7-3) 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Northwest Rankin 9, Jackson Prep 6, Yazoo County 5, North Panola 4, Olive Branch 4, Philadelphia 2, Simmons 1, Pontotoc 1.

Class 1A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Simmons (11) (10-0) 110 1

2. Nanih Waiya (11-0) 99 2

3. Lumberton (8-2) 85 4

4. Okolona (8-2) 76 5

5. Stringer (9-2) 62 3

Others receiving votes: Ray Brooks 8.

Class 2A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Philadelphia (11) (10-1) 110 2

2. Scott Central (10-1) 97 1

3. Calhoun City (8-2) 75 3

4. Perry Central (9-1) 70 4

5. Collins (9-2) 55 5

Others receiving votes: Winona 17, Taylorsville 16.

Class 3A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. North Panola (7) (10-0) 106 1

2. Yazoo County (3) (10-0) 100 2

3. Jefferson Davis County (1) (10-1) 91 3

4. Hazlehurst (8-2) 69 5

5. Charleston (8-3) 48 4

Others receiving votes: Choctaw County 20, North Pontotoc 6.

Class 4A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Poplarville (11) (10-0) 110 17

2. East Central (9-0) 98 21

3. Pontotoc (10-1) 88 3

4. Greene County (10-1) 78 4

5. Itawamba AHS (9-2) 48 5

Others receiving votes: Louisville 12, Noxubee County 6.

Class 5A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. West Point (10) (10-0) 109 11

2. Hattiesburg (10-0) 98 25

3. Cleveland Central (1) (11-0) 89 38

4. Olive Branch (9-1) 73 4

5. Picayune (8-2) 51 5

Others receiving votes: Brookhaven 20.

Class 6A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Pearl (8) (11-0) 107 13

2. Tupelo (3) (10-0) 102 22

3. Madison Central (8-2) 83 46

4. Starkville (9-2) 77 34

5. Warren Central (7-3) 46 NR

Others receiving votes: Northwest Rankin 18, Horn Lake 7.

Class Private Schools

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Jackson Prep (11) (11-0) 110 1

2. Indianola Aca. (11-0) 93 3

3. Parklane Aca. (8-2) 85 2

4. Jackson Aca. (9-2) 74 4

5. Starkville Aca. (10-1) 58 5

Others receiving votes: Adams Christian 13, Lamar School 7.

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