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Warren Central jumps up in AP football poll

Starkville’s loss was everyone else’s gain.

Starkville, which had been ranked No. 1 in every Mississippi Associated Press high school football poll this season, dropped to No. 4 in Class 6A and No. 5 overall following its 15-9 upset loss to Madison Central last week.

Among the beneficiaries was Warren Central, which jumped two spots to No. 2 in Class 6A, and four spots to No. 3 in the overall top 10. The Vikings (7-0) had an open date last week, and will host Clinton this Friday at 7 p.m.

Oak Grove took over the top spots in both the Class 6A and overall polls.

In the Class 6A poll, Warren Central and Oxford tied for the No. 2 spot, Starkville slipped to fourth, and D’Iberville remained fifth.

In the overall top 10, Oak Grove was followed by Neshoba Central at No. 2, Warren Central and Oxford in a tie for third, and Starkville at No. 5. Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Picayune, D’Iberville, West Jones and Harrison Central rounded out the top 10.

In other classifications, Nanih Waiya remained No. 1 in Class 1A; Taylorsville stayed atop the 2A poll; Magee moved up to No. 1 in Class 3A after former No. 1 Columbia lost; and Louisville was No. 1 in Class 4A.

Class 5A saw the biggest shake-up, as the No. 1 team lost for the second week in a row. West Jones fell 19-13 to Laurel, one week after West Point fell to Lake Cormorant. That allowed Neshoba Central (7-0) to move up to No. 1 and Picyaune to jump two spots to No. 2. West Jones dropped to third, Lake Cormorant was fourth, and Lafayette entered the poll at No. 5.

West Point lost its second game in a row, 28-21 in overtime to Grenada, and dropped out of the top five. It is the first time since early in the 2014 season that the four-time defending Class 5A champion has lost back-to-back games.

Madison-Ridgeland Academy crushed then-No. 2 Jackson Academy, 50-24, last week to remain undefeated and in first place in the MAIS poll. Jackson Prep dropped to No. 3 after the loss, while Leake Academy moved to No. 2. Jackson Academy is ranked fourth and Greenville Christian fifth.

Mississippi Associated Press poll
Overall

School W-L Pts Prv
1. Oak Grove (6) (6-0) 78 2
2. Neshoba Central (7-0) 58 3
3. Warren Central (7-0) 53 7
(tie) Oxford (1) (6-0) 53 5
5. Starkville (6-1) 48 1
6. Madison-Ridgeland Aca. (1) (8-0) 46 6
7. Picayune (7-0) 45 8
8. D’Iberville (6-0) 20 10
9. West Jones (7-1) 17 4
10. Harrison Central (6-0) 5 NR
Others receiving votes: Madison Central 4, Leake Aca. 4, Northwest Rankin 3, Taylorsville 2, West Point 2, Corinth 1, Lake Cormorant 1.

Class 1A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Nanih Waiya (4) (6-0) 75 1
2. Biggersville (2) (7-0) 70 3
(tie) Lumberton (2) (6-1) 70 2
4. TCPS (4-2) 56 4
5. Simmons (3-1) 25 NR
Others receiving votes: Sebastopol 12, Resurrection Catholic 6, West Lowndes 6.

Class 2A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Taylorsville (8) (6-1) 80 1
2. Scott Central (6-1) 70 2
3. Enterprise Clarke (5-1) 45 3
4. Calhoun City (5-2) 39 5
5. Puckett (8-0) 35 NR
Others receiving votes: North Side 31, Union 14, East Union 6.

Class 3A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Magee (6) (5-0) 78 2
2. Noxubee County (1) (4-2) 66 3
3. Columbia (6-1) 58 1
4. West Marion (1) (6-2) 57 4
5. North Panola (4-1) 34 5
Others receiving votes: Velma Jackson 8, Amory 7, Booneville 6, Winona 6.

Class 4A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Louisville (6) (6-1) 77 1
2. Newton County (1) (7-0) 69 2
3. Corinth (1) (5-2) 59 3
4. Poplarville (4-3) 49 5
5. West Lauderdale (3-3) 30 4
Others receiving votes: Pontotoc 29, Clarksdale 7.

Class 5A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Neshoba Central (7) (7-0) 78 2
2. Picayune (1) (7-0) 73 4
3. West Jones (7-1) 63 1
4. Lake Cormorant (5-1) 49 5
5. Lafayette (5-2) 26 NR
Others receiving votes: Ridgeland 13, West Point 12, East Central 6.

Class 6A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Oak Grove (7) (6-0) 79 2
2. Oxford (1) (6-0) 64 3
(tie) Warren Central (7-0) 64 4
4. Starkville (7-1) 61 1
5. D’Iberville (6-0) 39 5
Others receiving votes: Madison Central 13,

Private Schools
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Madison-Ridgeland Aca. (8) (8-0) 80 1
2. Leake Aca. (9-0) 71 3
3. Jackson Prep (6-2) 64 2
4. Jackson Aca. (6-3) 41 NR
5. Greenville Christian (7-1) 28 5
Others receiving votes: Presbyterian Christian 24, Hartfield Academy 6, Carroll Aca. 6.

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; Hattiesburg Impact, Hattiesburg; The Clarion Ledger, Jackson; NE Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo; PinebeltSPORTS, Hattiesburg; 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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