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High school football: Buford remains atop AP poll, Trojans up to No. 6

POSTED: September 5, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Two area teams earned top-10 rankings in the Associated Press Georgia High School Football Poll released Monday.

Buford defended its top ranking after defeating Mansfield-Timberview (Texas) 42-21 on Saturday in the Kirk Herbstreit Football Series at Texas Stadium in Dallas.

The Trojans moved up two spots to No. 6 after defeating Johnson 28-6 on Friday at the Brickyard.

The Wolves will play host to North Hall on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Gainesville received 17 votes in Class AAA, the most of any unranked team, after its 35-0 win against Chestatee on Friday.

Habersham Central, which was ranked No. 10 in Class AAAA in last week, fell out of the top 10 after falling to Cedar Shoals on Friday. The Jaguars moved up to No. 7 after the win.

In Class A, Lincoln County moved to No. 2 after being ranked No. 4 last week, while Wilcox County fell one spot to No. 3. Athens Academy and Twiggs County moved up to No. 4 and 5, respectively, while Clinch County fell to No. 6 after a 28-7 loss to Charlton County, the second-ranked team in AA.

In Class AA, two new teams entered the top 10. Henry County earned a No. 8 ranking and Brooks County moved into a tie for No. 10 with Calhoun. Dublin moved up one spot to No. 4 and Thomasville moved up one spot to No. 9 despite a 13-7 loss to Thomas County Central.

In Class AAA, Baldwin moved up three spots to No. 3, St. Pius X entered the top 10 at No. 4, and Dunwoody moved up five spots to No. 5. Stephens County moved up to No. 6, tied with North Hall, while Shaw and LaGrange fell five spots to No. 8 and 9, respectively. Perry fell three spots to No. 10.

In Class AAAA, Thomas County Central clinched the top spot after last week’s No. 1-ranked Ware County lost to Coffee 24-0, dropping them to No. 6. Westside-Macon moved up one spot to No. 3, Bainbridge moved up two spots to No. 4 and Chamblee moved up three spots to No. 5. Cedar Shoals, Dalton, Statesboro and Whitewater all entered the top 10.

In Class AAAAA, Lowndes kept its No. 1 ranking while Camden County and Northside Warner-Robins traded spots at No. 2 and 3, respectively. Newnan moved up one spot to No. 4, M.L. King Jr. moved up three spots to No. 5, Valdosta moved up three spots to No. 6 and Harrison moved up three spots to No. 7. Walton and Grayson entered the rankings at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.



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