There was minimal upheaval atop the Sun Herald Top 10 for the first time this season as each of the top five schools picked up wins in Week 7.
The bottom of the poll, however, had plenty of changes. Previously No. 9 Biloxi (3-3) dropped out of the poll. The Hornets of East Central (4-2) and Poplarville (4-2) both found their way into the Top 10. Led by running back A.J. Davis' 317 yards and five touchdowns, East Central topped Moss Point 34-21 to land at No. 9.
ECHS has won four of its last five games and Friday marked the first time in the program's history it has topped Moss Point in football.
"My favorite part is watching the transformation in their mentality, attitude and effort," coach Seth Smith said of the new 4A school. "That's what makes them winners, playing with belief and great effort."
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Poplarville powered past Greene County on Friday 23-7 to get into the poll and is tied with D'Iberville (3-4) at No. 10. PHS is riding a four-game winning streak.
Ocean Springs (5-1) stayed atop the poll at No. 1 after shutting out D'Iberville 24-0. The Greyhounds got help from all three phases of the game. Isaiah Toler had an interception, Matthew Pleasant led the Greyhounds' rushing attack with 200 yards and kicker Brad Wall booted a 40-yard field goal.
"For us to win in this region, every
week, we have to play good team ball," OSHS coach Ryan Ross said.
Controversial or not, the Gulfport Admirals (4-2) hung on to beat George County 42-35 in regulation to remain at No. 2. Deon Cole carried the load offensively in the first half, with Alton Conerly doing what he could in the second half to guarantee an Admirals win.
The Rebels (4-2) also stayed pat at No. 6, while everyone below them shuffled around.
Looking to bounce back after dropping its first game last week, No. 3 St. Martin blasted Hancock 63-20 to rediscover its offensive spark. QB Wayne Overman led St. Martin with 278 yards and four scores through the air.
No. 4 Pascagoula (4-1) is riding a two-game winning streak after besting Stone 27-13. QB Granlund Torjusen threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 51 yards and a score in the winning effort.
No. 5 Pearl River Central (5-1) has won three straight with Friday's 28-22 win over Gautier. Christian Roberts ran wild for the Blue Devils, racking up 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite turning the ball over a handful of times, No. 8 St. Stanislaus (3-3) did enough to defeat Vancleave 47-29 and move up one spot in the Sun Herald's rankings. Myles Brennan threw for 378 yards and six touchdowns in the region opener. His go-to target Chase Rogers, fresh off of earning a Tulane offer, hauled in 10 passes for 174 yards and five TDs.
D'Iberville, tied with poll newcomer Poplarville at No. 10, continued its streak of rotating wins and losses on Friday with the shutout against Ocean Springs. The loss dropped the Warriors three spots.
Resurrection (5-0) just completed its second straight bye week and remained at No. 7.
Harrison Central received one 10th-place vote after up-ending Biloxi 34-10 for its second-straight Region 4-6A victory.
"The team to watch in our region is Harrison Central," Ross said. "They're big on both sides of the ball."
There's only one game between ranked foes this week as No. 6 George County travels to No. 10 D'Iberville. In other action featuring ranked teams: No. 1 Ocean Springs hosts Biloxi, Hancock plays at No. 2 Gulfport, Harrison Central visits No. 3 St. Martin, No. 5 PRC hosts Long Beach, No. 4 Pascagoula is at West Harrison, No. 10 Poplarville is at Forrest County AHS, No. 8 St. Stanislaus hosts Bay High in the "Battle for the Crab Trap," No. 9 East Central heads Pass Christian and No. 7 Resurrection is back on the field at Stringer.
Sun Herald reporters Patrick Magee and James Jones, contributed to this report.