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Warren Central nudges ahead to No. 4 in Class 6A poll

Warren Central worked overtime to beat Pearl last week, and it paid off with a bump in the Mississippi Associated Press Class 6A poll.

The Vikings, who beat Pearl 28-21 in overtime on Friday, moved up one spot to No. 4 in the Class 6A poll released Tuesday. Undefeated Warren Central (3-0) will host Germantown this Friday night at 7.

Starkville remained No. 1 in the Class 6A poll, after receiving eight of nine first-place votes from a statewide media panel. South Panola moved up one spot to No. 2. Oak Grove — which received the other first-place vote — was No. 3, and Oxford entered the poll at No. 5.

Madison Central, which lost 6-0 to Brandon, fell out of the top five but remained No. 10 in the Overall Top 10 that ranks teams regardless of classification.

Starkville was also No. 1 overall. South Panola was No. 2, followed by West Point, Oak Grove, West Jones, Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Picayune, Neshoba Central, Oxford and Madison Central.

Warren Central had the most votes of teams in the overall poll that did not make it into the top 10.

Other top-ranked teams were Nanih Waiya in Class 1A, Taylorsville in Class 2A, Columbia in Class 3A, Corinth in 4A, and West Point in 5A. Madison-Ridgeland Academy is No. 1 in the MAIS poll.

All of the top-ranked teams except Columbia were also ranked No. 1 last week. Columbia moved up one spot in Class 3A after Jefferson Davis County lost 30-25 to Hattiesburg. Jefferson Davis County slipped one spot to No. 2.

Mississippi AP Polls
By The Associated Press
Overall

School W-L Pts Prv
1. Starkville (8) (3-0) 89 1
2. South Panola (3-0) 75 2
3. West Point (2-1) 67 4
4. Oak Grove (1) (2-0) 65 3
5. West Jones (3-0) 49 6
6. Madison-Ridgeland Aca. (5-0) 34 7
7. Picayune (3-0) 29 9
8. Neshoba Central (3-0) 24 10
9. Oxford (2-0) 20 8
10. Madison Central (2-1) 17 5
Others receiving votes: Warren Central 14, Lafayette 3, Corinth 3, Taylorsville 3, Jackson Prep 1, Olive Branch 1, Columbia 1.

Class 6A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Starkville (8) (3-0) 89 1
2. South Panola (3-0) 76 3
2. Oak Grove (1) (2-0) 76 2
4. Warren Central (3-0) 63 5
5. Oxford (3-0) 32 8
Others receiving votes: Madison Central 24.

Class 5A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. West Point (6) (2-1) 84 1
2. West Jones (2) (3-0) 79 2
3. Neshoba Central (3-0) 71 4
4. Picayune (1) (3-0) 70 3
5. Lafayette (2-1) 49 5
Others receiving votes: Hattiesburg 7.

Class 4A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Corinth (6) (2-1) 87 1
2. Louisville (2) (2-1) 81 2
3. Newton County (1) (3-0) 75 3
4. West Lauderdale (1-1) 39 5
5. Poplarville (0-3) 25 4
Others receiving votes: Bay 20, Purvis 14, Pontotoc 7, St. Stanislaus 6, New Albany 6.

Class 3A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Columbia (5) (3-0) 86 2
2. Jefferson Davis County (3) (2-1) 80 1
3. Noxubee County (1) (2-1) 74 3
4. Magee (1-1) 59 4
5. West Marion (2-1) 42 5
Others receiving votes: Amory 13, Choctaw County 6.

Class 2A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Taylorsville (8) (2-0) 89 1
2. Scott Central (2-1) 77 2
3. Enterprise Clarke (1) (3-0) 67 3
4. East Webster (2-1) 54 5
5. North Side (0-0) 45 4
Others receiving votes: Walnut 15, Puckett 7, Wesson 6.

Class 1A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Nanih Waiya (6) (3-0) 87 1
2. Biggersville (1) (3-0) 78 2
3. Lumberton (2) (2-1) 76 3
4. Resurrection Catholic (3-0) 64 4
5. Baldwyn (0-1) 24 5
Others receiving votes: Sebastopol 18, TCPS 13.

Private Schools
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Madison-Ridgeland Aca. (7) (5-0) 88 1
2. Jackson Prep (1) (5-0) 80 2
3. Leake Aca. (1) (5-0) 63 3
4. Heritage Aca. (4-1) 47 4
5. Greenville Christian (3-1) 35 5
Others receiving votes: Presbyterian Christian 19, Jackson Aca. 16, St. Joseph, Greenville 6, Cathedral 6.
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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; The Daily Corinthian, Corinth; Delta Democrat-Times, Greenville; Hattiesburg Impact, Hattiesburg; NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo; The Natchez Democrat, Natchez; Newton Record, Newton; Starkville Daily News, Starkville; The Vicksburg Post, Vicksburg.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured sports reporters in the paper's 137-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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