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Starkville unanimous No. 1 in AP poll; Lafayette inches up

Things continue to look good for Starkville. After defeating West Point in last Friday’s meeting between the top two teams in the state the Yellowjackets (3-0) stayed atop the poll, earning all 11 first place votes.

West Point (2-1) dropped two spots to No. 4 following the 23-7 loss.

There was plenty of movement up and down the top-1o with Hattiesburg taking over the No. 2 slot, moving up a spot. The largest jump came from Northwest Rankin. The Cougars moved four spots to No. 3 after defeating Pearl 42-0 last week. The Pirates fell out of the poll after being No. 6 last week.

Tupelo (3-0) stayed pat at No. 5 to round out the top-half of the poll.

Following their 19-14 win over Brandon, Clinton (3-0) went from being unranked last week to finding themselves in the No. 7 spot behind Horn Lake (2-0). Brandon (2-1) dropped four spots to No. 8.

Oak Grove (3-0) and Noxubee County (2-1) rounded out the top-10.

With their 33-14 win over North Panola, Lafayette (3-0) crept up the ladder, tying Jackson Prep with 12 points and missing the top-10 by one slot. The Commodores travel to Oxford for the annual Crosstown Classic on Friday.

Hattiesburg stayed atop the Class 5A poll with West Point, Lafayette, Olive Branch (3-0) and Wayne County (2-1) right behind them.

In the Class 3A poll Water Valley (3-0) continued to receive votes with 23 points, finishing two spots out of the top-5.

The Blue Devils stay on the road with a game at Bruce this week.

Here are the complete MHSAA and MAIS AP Polls:

Class Overall
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Starkville (11) (3-0) 110 1
2. Hattiesburg (3-0) 91 3
3. Northwest Rankin (3-0) 70 T7
4. West Point (2-1) 66 2
5. Tupelo (3-0) 58 5
6. Horn Lake (2-0) 44 T7
7. Clinton (3-0) 37 NR
8. Brandon (2-1) 28 4
9. Oak Grove (3-0) 27 9
10. Noxubee County (2-1) 19 10

Others receiving votes: Jackson Prep 12, Lafayette 12, Madison Central 8, Simmons 6, Jefferson Davis County 4, Warren Central 4, East Central 4, Corinth 3, Taylorsville 2.

Class 6A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Starkville (11) (3-0) 110 1
2. Northwest Rankin (3-0) 88 5
3. Tupelo (3-0) 77 T2
4. Horn Lake (2-0) 49 8
5. Brandon (2-1) 43 T2
(tie) Clinton (2-1) 43 T2

Others receiving votes: Oak Grove 24, Warren Central 6.

Class 5A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Hattiesburg (7) (3-0) 106 2
2. West Point (4) (2-1) 102 1
3. Lafayette (3-0) 87 T3
4. Olive Branch (3-0) 78 T3
5. Wayne County (2-1) 25 NR

Others receiving votes: Picayune 18, Laurel 12, Holmes County Central 6, Gautier 6.

Class 4A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Pontotoc (3) (3-0) 94 3
(tie)Noxubee County (6) (2-1) 94 1
3. Louisville (1) (2-1) 93 2
4. East Central (1) (2-0) 80 4
5. Poplarville (2-1) 30 5

Others receiving votes: Mendenhall 15, Corinth 14, Itawamba AHS 12, West Lauderdale 8,

Class 3A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Jefferson Davis County (8) (2-1) 98 1
2. North Panola (1) (2-1) 89 2
3. Winona (1) (3-0) 84 5
4. Houston (3-0) 62 4
5. West Marion (3-0) 28 NR

Others receiving votes: Forest 26, Water Valley 23, North Pontotoc 13, Jefferson County 10, Booneville 7.

Class 2A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Taylorsville (9) (3-0) 108 1
2. Bay Springs (2) (3-0) 98 2
3. Scott Central (3-0) 85 3
4. Collins (2-1) 74 4
5. Pisgah (3-0) 45 NR

Others receiving votes: Calhoun City 18, Puckett 6, Pelahatchie 6.

Class 1A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Simmons (11) (2-0) 110 1
2. Lumberton (3-0) 93 T3
3. Nanih Waiya (2-1) 81 2
4. Okolona (2-1) 60 T3
5. Stringer (2-1) 45 5

Others receiving votes: Biggersville 21, Shaw 14, Ray Brooks 9, Resurrection Catholic 7.

Class Private Schools
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Jackson Prep (11) (3-0) 110 1
2. Madison-Ridgeland Aca. (3-0) 95 2
3. Jackson Aca. (3-0) 91 3
4. Starkville Aca. (3-0) 71 T4
5. Parklane Aca. (3-0) 19 NR

Others receiving votes: Oak Forest , La. 18, Heritage Aca. 12, Indianola Aca. 12, Adams Christian 6, Pillow Aca. 6.