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Sand Rock enters latest ASWA football poll

October 26, 2016 GMT

The Sand Rock Wildcats finally cracked the top 10 in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association football rankings. The latest poll was released late Tuesday evening.

Sand Rock (7-2) comes in at No. 10 in Class 2A this week following a 42-12 victory over Asbury. It’s the first time the Wildcats have been ranked this season, and the first time they’ve been ranked since Nov. 5, 2008 when they came in at No. 8 in the final regular season poll. Sand Rock will host Cherokee County rival Cedar Bluff (7-2) on Friday.

Speaking of the Tigers, they moved up a spot in the Class 1A rankings this week to No. 6 following their 29-24 victory over previously unbeaten Spring Garden. The win secured Cedar Bluff’s second straight region title.

Spring Garden (8-1) tumbled four spots to No. 7 and will host Class 3A Pleasant Valley (2-7) on Friday.

Staying in Class 3A, Piedmont (9-0) remains the top dog in that class. The defending state champion Bulldogs garnered 28 out of 30 first-place votes. Gordo (9-0) received the other two.

Piedmont closes out its regular season at home against Class 4A Oneonta (3-6) on Friday.

One other area team fell just short of being ranked this week: Class 4A Cherokee County (8-2).

The Warriors, winners of eight in a row since beginning the season at 0-2, defeated previously unbeaten Jacksonville 35-21 last Friday to clinch the Region 5 championship. The Golden Eagles (8-1) dropped from fifth to No. 10, but surprisingly still edged the Warriors in points, 48-38, for the final spot in this week’s 4A rankings.

Cherokee County has an off week this Friday before hosting Winfield (6-3) in the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 4.

This week’s complete rankings are listed below.

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 10 – Oct. 26, 2016

(First-place votes and record in parentheses)

Class 7A

1. McGill-Toolen (30) (9-0) 360

2. Hoover (8-1) 259

3. Hewitt-Trussville (10-0) 249

4. Central-Phenix City (8-1) 209

5. Davidson (8-1) 175

6. Enterprise (9-1) 143

7. Spain Park (7-2) 106

8. James Clemens (6-3) 89

9. Mountain Brook (7-2) 72

10. Bob Jones (7-3) 19

Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (0-9) 15-*; Auburn (6-3) 12, Gadsden City (5-5) 2.

*-forfeited six wins on Monday

Class 6A

1. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (27) (9-0) 350

2. Oxford (9-0) 252

3. Minor (2) (9-0) 243

4. Opelika (9-1) 214

5. Blount (1) (8-2) 177

6. Spanish Fort (7-2) 136

7. Park Crossing (10-0) 132

8. Ramsay (8-1) 87

9. Daphne (7-2) 60

10. Decatur (8-1) 34

Others receiving votes: Austin (7-2) 11, Wetumpka (8-2) 9, Clay-Chalkville (6-4) 3, Chelsea (7-2) 2.

Class 5A

1. Scottsboro (25) (9-0) 344

2. Carroll (1) (9-0) 246

3. Vigor (3) (7-2) 226

4. St. Paul’s (1) (7-2) 197

5. Central-Clay County (8-1) 180

6. Etowah (8-2) 144

7. Beauregard (7-1) 138

8. Mortimer Jordan (7-2) 80

9. Briarwood Christian(8-1) 78

10. Jackson (6-3) 34

Others receiving votes: Demopolis (7-2) 20, Brooks (7-2) 8, Eufaula (7-2) 8, Russellville (7-2) 4, Sylacauga (7-2) 3.

Class 4A

1. Andalusia (27) (8-1) 350

2. Haleyville (1) (8-1) 262

3. Rogers (1) (9-0) 240

4. UMS-Wright (1) (7-2) 195

5. Madison Academy (7-2) 166

6. Handley (7-2) 126

7. Thomasville (6-2) 113

8. Cordova (7-2) 56

9. West Limestone (8-1) 49

10. Jacksonville (8-1) 48

Others receiving votes: Cherokee County (8-2) 38, Madison County (6-3) 24, Leeds (7-3) 21, St. James (9-1) 16, Munford (6-3) 3, North Jackson (5-3) 3.

Class 3A

1. Piedmont (28) (9-0) 354

2. Gordo (2) (9-0) 276

3. Mobile Christian(8-1) 235

4. Opp (8-1) 211

5. Montevallo (8-1) 162

6. T.R. Miller (7-2) 142

7. Ohatchee (8-1) 119

8. Pike County (8-1) 78

9. Colbert County (7-2) 51

10. Daleville (7-2) 45

Others receiving votes: Fultondale (8-1) 27, Lauderdale County (6-3) 5, Randolph County (7-2) 3, Bayside Academy (6-3) 1, Lexington (6-3) 1.

Class 2A

1. Fyffe (25) (9-0) 345

2. G.W. Long (2) (8-0) 265

3. Elba (3) (8-1) 247

4. LaFayette (9-0) 220

5. Tanner (6-3) 174

6. Aliceville (8-1) 150

7. Southern Choctaw (7-1) 101

8. Lanett (8-2) 72

9. New Brockton (6-3) 70

10. Sand Rock (7-2) 21

Others receiving votes: Sheffield (7-2) 16, Washington County (6-2) 15, Lamar County (6-3) 5, Red Bay (7-2) 3, Cleveland (6-3) 2, Goshen (6-3) 2, Leroy (6-3) 1, Sulligent (5-4) 1.

Class 1A

1. Maplesville (25) (8-0) 345

2. Linden (5) (9-0) 284

3. Addison (9-0) 227

4. Georgiana (10-0) 202

5. Wadley (8-0) 171

6. Cedar Bluff (7-2) 157

7. Spring Garden (8-1) 104

8. Sweet Water (6-2) 99

9. Decatur Heritage (7-2) 62

10. Pickens County (7-2) 45

Others receiving votes: Hubbertville (7-1) 6, Isabella (8-1) 6, Brantley (6-3) 2.

AISA

1. Autauga Academy (30) (9-0) 360

2. Bessemer Academy (9-1) 264

3. Monroe Academy (9-1) 239

4. Marengo Academy (8-1) 203

5. Chambers Academy (9-0) 185

6. Escambia Academy (6-3) 120

7. Fort Dale Academy (7-2) 113

8. Cornerstone Christian (7-2) 82

9. S. Choctaw Academy (7-2) 55

10. Abbeville Christian (6-4) 30

Others receiving votes: Glenwood (6-3) 28, Lowndes Academy (6-2) 16, Pike Liberal (6-3) 10, Lee-Scott (5-4) 5.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Cathy Higgins, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Will Gaines, Anniston Star; Jonathan Deal, Athens News Courier; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Gary Estwick, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald; Tommy Hicks, Citronelle Call-News; Ross Wood, Clarke County Democrat; Rob Ketcham, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; John McWilliams, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Eric Bacharach, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Daniel Evans, Selma Times-Journal; Baker Ellis, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News.

Not voting: Cory Diaz, Wetumpka Herald.