PREP FOOTBALL AP POLL: Sequatchie, Marion, South Pitt Rise Yet Again

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No. 2–Sequatchie County (5-0, 2-0 R4-3A)

After a ferocious battle in Pikeville for the coveted ‘Stump, the Indians were bolstered to No. 2 in the State behind only Alcoa (#1) now, leap-frogging Liberty Tech Magnet, who fell all the way down to No. 8 after a loss.  Sequatchie County is one of three undefeated teams in the top ten and the only one in the top five.  No other 4-3A team is joining them in the Top Ten this week.  The Indians have claimed wins over South Pittsburg (27-20), Whitwell (61-20), Smith County (19-14), York Institute (35-20), and now Bledsoe County (15-12) early in the season.  They travel to Smithville to take on new-found Region 4-3A rival, Dekalb County who lost preseason All-State Quarterback Dekalb County.

No. 2–Marion County (5-1, 3-0 R3-2A)

After trampling Brainerd in week five, the Warriors took down Boyd-Buchanan, the projected No. 2 finisher in Region 3-2A and then-No. 2 in Class 2A overall, 19-0  They remain behind Adamsville (No. 1) in the polls despite beating Boyd-Buchanan (No.2 last week) in dominant fashion.  The Warriors’ resume includes five wins against Boyd-Buchanan, Brainerd, Grundy County, region foe Meigs County, and Class 4A Hixson.  They narrowly lost to the Pirates who are currently ranked No. 6 in Class 1A Poll.  They take on Tyner Academy at Finley Stadium this Thursday in what will likely be the last big test for the Warriors

No. 5–South Pittsburg (4-1, 1-0 R3-1A)

Now taking the No. 5 spot in the polls after jumping up at least one spot in previous weeks, South Pittsburg has Grundy County to thank after being its hapless opponent in week seven.  Unlike the Warriors and Indians, the Pirates have a lot of teams between them and the number one ranking, including Wayne County, Greenback, Union City, and Dresden, but that number is dwindling as the season continues.  Vic Grider and his upstart squad have pulled together after an upsetting defeat in Dunlap to start out the season.  And upsetting the Warriors should only be the start of a run to Cookeville, but they’ve still got time to surge up the polls as well.  The only problem is their region, which has been lackluster in previous years.  They take on Sale Creek at home this week as they try and continue their runs up the polls.

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