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Hattiesburg becomes new No. 1 in AP poll; Water Valley cracks 3A poll

There is a new No. 1 team in Mississippi.

After Starkville’s upset loss at the hands of Northwest Rankin last Friday, Hattiesburg takes over the top in the latest Associated Press Top-10. The Tigers (6-0) reach No. 1 for the first time this season.

Starkville (5-1) dropped five spots to No. 6 while Northwest Rankin (5-1) moved up three spots to No. 4 following their 27-20 win over the Yellowjackets.

Horn Lake (7-0) moves up to No. 2 and Brandon (6-1) follows suit, moving up a slot to No. 3. West Point (5-1) rounds out the top-half of the poll. Horn Lake had more first-place votes with five but Hattiesburg (3 first-place votes) received three more overall points to claim No. 1. Brandon also received one-first place vote.

Behind Starkville is Madison Central (5-1), who drops a spot to No. 7 despite their 49-8 win over Murrah last week.

The final three spots remained the same with Olive Branch (6-0), East Central (6-0), and Clinton (6-1) rounding out the No. 7-10 slots, respectively.

There is good news coming out of the Class 3A poll this week for Water Valley. The Blue Devils (6-1) finally crack the Top-5 after sitting just on the outside for several weeks. They are tied with Columbia (5-1) at No. 5 with both receiving 19 points.

Things remain the same for Lafayette in the Class 4A poll. The Commodores (4-2) stay at No. 4 following their 47-8 win over Saltillo last week. They also received one point in the Top-10 poll.

Here are the full MHSAA and MAIS AP Polls for this week:

Class Overall
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Hattiesburg (3) (6-0) 79 2
2. Horn Lake (5) (7-0) 76 3
3. Brandon (1) (6-1) 72 4
4. Northwest Rankin (5-1) 57 7
5. West Point (5-1) 51 5
6. Starkville (5-1) 47 1
7. Madison Central (5-1) 32 6
8. Olive Branch (6-0) 27 8
9. East Central (6-0) 19 9
10. Clinton (6-1) 13 10

Others receiving votes: Jackson Prep 8, Winona 4, Simmons 2, Oak Grove 2, Taylorsville 1, Lafayette 1, Corinth 1, Tupelo 1, Louisville 1, Madison-Ridgeland Aca. 1.

Class 6A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Horn Lake (7) (7-0) 84 2
2. Brandon (2) (6-1) 81 3
3. Northwest Rankin (5-1) 71 5
4. Starkville (6-1) 66 1
5. Madison Central (5-1) 58 4

Others receiving votes: none.

Class 5A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Hattiesburg (8) (6-0) 89 1
2. West Point (1) (5-1) 80 2
3. Olive Branch (6-0) 72 3
4. Lafayette (4-2) 64 4
5. Picayune (4-2) 36 5

Others receiving votes: West Jones 19.

Class 4A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. East Central (7) (6-0) 86 1
2. Louisville (2) (6-1) 74 2
3. Pontotoc (6-1) 64 3
4. Poplarville (5-1) 54 4
5. Mendenhall (6-0) 48 5

Others receiving votes: Corinth 19, Sumrall 15.

Class 3A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. North Panola (8) (5-1) 89 1
2. Winona (1) (7-0) 81 2
3. Houston (5-1) 64 5
4. Jefferson Davis County (5-2) 55 3
5. Water Valley (6-1) 19 NR
(tie) Columbia (5-1) 19 NR

Others receiving votes: Booneville 14, North Pontotoc 7, West Marion 6, Velma Jackson 6.

Class 2A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Taylorsville (9) (7-0) 90 1
2. Scott Central (7-0) 80 2
3. Collins (5-1) 65 3
4. Pelahatchie (6-1) 41 NR
5. Pisgah (6-1) 40 NR

Others receiving votes: Puckett 26, O’Bannon 12, Leland 6.

Class 1A
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Simmons (9) (7-0) 90 1
2. Lumberton (6-0) 80 2
3. Nanih Waiya (6-1) 70 3
4. Stringer (6-1) 62 5
5. Biggersville (7-0) 25 NR

Others receiving votes: Noxapater 12, Ray Brooks 9, Okolona 6, Smithville 6.

Class Private Schools
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Jackson Prep (9) (7-0) 90 1
2. Madison-Ridgeland Aca. (7-0) 81 2
3. Jackson Aca. (5-1) 66 3
4. Starkville Aca. (7-0) 59 4
5. Indianola Aca. (6-1) 50 5

Others receiving votes: Oak Forest, La. 8, Adams Christian 6.