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Area Teams Find Way into the ASWA’s Top 10

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Poll Voted upon by members of the Alabama Sports Writers Association

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE — While the poll remains unchanged, several area teams find themselves with votes as the schedules move deeper into region play. Spanish Fort and Pike Road sit atop their respective classes. Prattville (7A), Andalusia and Tallassee (both 5A), St. James (4A), Dadeville (3A) and Thorsby (2A) – while not making it into their respective classes polls – found their way onto a few of the sports writers’ ballots. 

Thompson High School (58-0 winners in a lopsided showdown with Tuscaloosa County) extends their winning streak as 7A’s top team. The Warriors collected all 22 first-place votes. Auburn (who knocked off Prattville 20-14) remains in the hunt at No. 3 behind Hoover. Hewitt-Trussville and Central- Phenix City (56-0 Backyard Brawl winners over rival Smiths Station) round out the top five. 

There’s a little more parity in 6A as Spanish Fort (19 votes / and 42-21 winners over Gulf Shores) remains atop the 6A landscape; three voters see the league a different way with Clay-Chalkville receiving one vote and Pinson Valley with two. Opelika – who survived a slugfest with Lanier last week has also advanced into the 6A poll

Historically, 5A has been one of the more competitive classes and This week’s poll reflects that. Pike Road has been running roughshod over everyone with a victory over McGill Toolen in the opener Calhoun at home the next week and then over Carroll. In three games (granted the Patriots hung 76 on the Mobile-based Yellow Jackets) Pike Road has outscored their opponents 174-58. Pleasant Grove, Central-Clay and Leeds are all unbeaten and nipping at the heels of the Patriots. However, all three will be (somewhat) tested this week: Andalusia (2-1) travels to Pike Road. 

Pleasant Grove travels to Wenonah.  Central-Clay travels to Elmore County. Moody travels to Leeds. 

Fyffe (who is looking for a fourth state championship in four years) remains unbeaten in 3A, has given up six points total this season and had last week off. The rest of the season is going to be a march starting with a road trip over to Sylvania Friday night. Piedmont (two first place votes) hosts Glencoe Friday. Montgomery Catholic (who hammered Dadeville) hosts Reeltown (22-21 winners of Childersburg in a thriller) Friday night. But a little further down the line await the Wildcats of Trinity Presbyterian, who are preparing to host Beulah for Homecoming Friday. 

CLASS 7A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Thompson (22); 3-0; 264

2. Hoover; 3-0; 195

3. Auburn; 3-0; 172

4. Hewitt-Trussville; 3-0; 156

5. Central-Phenix City; 3-0; 136

6. Theodore; 3-0; 111

7. James Clemens; 3-0; 77

8. Enterprise; 3-0; 66

9. Oak Mountain; 3-0; 50

10. Daphne; 1-1; 13

Others receiving votes: Fairhope (2-1) 12, Baker (2-1) 1, Prattville (2-1) 1.

CLASS 6A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Spanish Fort (19); 3-0; 255

2. Clay-Chalkville (1); 3-0; 198

3. Pinson Valley (2); 2-1; 183

4. Briarwood; 3-0; 150

5. Mountain Brook; 3-0; 132

6. Hartselle; 3-0; 103

7. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; 2-1; 70

8. Opelika; 1-2; 56

9. McAdory; 3-0; 50

10. Helena; 3-0; 28

Others receiving votes: Homewood (2-1) 16, Hueytown (2-1) 3, Buckhorn (3-0) 2, Eufaula (1-2) 2, Jackson-Olin (2-0) 2, Lee-Montgomery (2-0) 2, Oxford (1-2) 1, Pelham (2-1) 1.

CLASS 5A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Pike Road (20); 3-0; 256

2. Pleasant Grove (2); 2-0; 200

3. Central-Clay Co.; 3-0; 177

4. Leeds; 3-0; 143

5. Faith-Mobile; 2-1; 120

6. Alexandria; 2-0; 108

7. Russellville; 3-0; 91

8. Guntersville; 2-1; 53

9. St. Paul’s; 1-2; 46

10. UMS-Wright; 2-1; 40

Others receiving votes: Andalusia (2-1) 9, Greenville (3-0) 6, Parker (3-0) 3, Tallassee (1-1) 2.

CLASS 4A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Gordo (19); 3-0; 255

2. Handley (3); 2-0; 203

3. Madison Aca.; 2-1; 161

4. West Limestone; 2-0; 137

5. Vigor; 3-0; 135

6. American Chr.; 2-1; 121

7. Anniston; 3-0; 94

8. Bibb Co.; 3-0; 46

9. Williamson; 1-2; 27

10. St. Michael; 2-0; 23

Others receiving votes: Etowah (1-1) 16, Jackson (2-1) 11, Jacksonville (1-2) 7, Mobile Chr. (1-1) 3, Priceville (2-0) 3, Straughn (3-0) 3, West Blocton (3-0) 3, Brooks (3-0) 2, Cleburne Co. (3-0) 2, Hamilton (3-0) 1, St. James (2-1) 1.

CLASS 3A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Fyffe (20); 2-0; 258

2. Piedmont (2); 2-0; 200

3. Catholic-Montgomery; 3-0; 180

4. Plainview; 2-0; 145

5. Flomaton; 2-0; 133

6. Bayside Aca.; 3-0; 108

7. Montgomery Aca.; 2-1; 71

8. Trinity; 3-0; 66

9. Slocomb; 1-1; 42

10. Opp; 2-1; 9

Others receiving votes: Hillcrest-Evergreen (1-2) 7, T.R. Miller (2-1) 7, Danville (3-0) 6, Winfield (3-0) 6, Saks (2-1) 4, Thomasville (1-1) 4, Ohatchee (1-2) 3, Southside-Selma (2-0) 3, Dadeville (1-1) 1, Excel (2-1) 1.

CLASS 2A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Mars Hill Bible (17); 2-1; 246

2. Lanett (3); 2-1; 200

3. Geneva Co.; 2-0; 166

4. Spring Garden (2); 2-0; 165

5. Abbeville; 1-1; 134

6. Clarke Co.; 1-1; 107

7. Addison; 3-0; 72

8. Elba; 2-1; 36

9. Falkville; 2-1; 24

10. Sand Rock; 2-0; 21

Others receiving votes: G.W. Long (1-0) 19, Leroy (2-0) 19, Thorsby (2-0) 17, Ariton (3-0) 10, Westbrook Chr. (1-1) 7, Ider (2-1) 6, Central-Coosa (0-2) 5, B.B. Comer (1-2) 1, Colbert Co. (2-1) 1, Luverne (2-0) 1, North Sand Mountain (0-2) 1, Whitesburg Chr. (1-2) 1.

CLASS 1A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Brantley (19); 1-0; 252

2. Sweet Water (3); 2-0; 203

3. Pickens Co.; 2-0; 181

4. Maplesville; 3-0; 156

5. Millry; 2-0; 130

6. Loachapoka; 2-0; 102

7. Marion Co.; 3-0; 71

8. Decatur Heritage; 1-2; 44

9. Keith; 3-0; 42

10. Notasulga; 3-0; 29

Others receiving votes: McKenzie (1-1) 10, Wadley (3-0) 10, Cedar Bluff (1-1) 9, Linden (0-2) 4, Hackleburg (2-0) 3, Samson (2-1) 3, Sumiton Chr. (2-0) 2, Winterboro (2-1) 2, Red Level (1-1) 1.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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