’Kees drop to No. 4 after loss, Alcoa loses ground with win
Greenback dropped back down the hill after a loss, Maryville stayed put with its win and Alcoa lost ground on No. 1 after a 56-0 shutout victory in the Associated Press Tennessee Prep Poll released Monday.
Greenback (6-1) dropped from first to fourth in the Class 1A poll following a 13-6 loss at Grace Christian, which remained No. 3 in the Class 2A poll. The Cherokees still retained two first-place votes, but South Pittsburg moved back to No. 1 while Gordonsville was a close second and Moore County third with the first-place votes divided among the top four squads.
Boyd Buchanan remained No. 1 in Class 2A but saw few first-place votes spread out among the other contenders, including Grace, whose only loss this season has been to CAK. The Warriors remain No. 1 in Class 3A following a 47-21 win this week. Alcoa (6-1), which trailed CAK by a single first-place vote last week, actually lost votes after a 56-0 shutout of Kingston. It was the third straight shutout for the Tornadoes, who started that run of consecutive zeroes against Scott County with a 49-0 win. Alcoa has outscored the opposition 147-0 going into this week’s bye and faces two more ranked teams over the last three games in CAK and Fulton, which remained at the No. 3 spot in the Class 4A poll. Giles County remained No. 1 in 4A, while Greeneville stayed at No. 9 following its shutout of West Greene to rebound from a 42-0 loss at Alcoa.
In Class 5A, South-Doyle still received votes but dropped out of poll after the Cherokees suffered their first loss after the school’s first-ever 5-0 start. Beech consolidated its hold on the top spot with Knox West (5-1), back in second by a single point over Jackson Northside (6-0). The pair have flip-flopped the No. 2 spot several times in the last three weeks. Lenoir City moved into fourth and Powell fifth after last week’s No. 4, Henry County, dropped to ninth following a 41-26 loss to Clarksville Northeast.
Maryville remained No. 1 in Class 6A — a spot the Rebels have held all season — following a hard fought 21-3 win over then No. 6 Bearden. Maryville’s win streak extended to 35 straight in the victory that dropped Bearden (5-1) two spots to No. 8. Siegel remained at No. 2 while Whitehaven (7-0) broke a tie for third to become the sole owner of the No. 3 spot this week. Dobyns-Bennett (7-0) fell to fourth. Whitehaven downed Hamilton, 41-6, while D-B took a 75-0 win over Sullivan Central.
Maryville hosts Catholic this week, while Heritage and William Blount take the bye week. Greenback takes on Rockwood in a key District 3-A game, and Seymour travels to Morristown East for an important decision between the 5A programs in District 2-AAA.