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McKenzie cracks Top Ten, FDA sixth, GHS No. 4

The McKenzie Tigers were able to crack the Class 1A Top Ten in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll this week.

McKenzie, 5-0, received 47 votes after their 34-12 win over J.U. Blacksher on Friday night.

Fort Dale Academy, No. 1 since the start of the season in AISA, fell to No. 6 after its 27-23 loss to Macon-East. The Eagles (4-1) received 207 votes. Edgewood Academy, 5-0, claimed the top spot this week.

Also, the Greenville Tigers, (5-0), continued its climb in the Class 5A polls, moving up to No. 4 and receiving one first place vote. Last week’s No. 1, Vigor High School, dropped a 26-6 game to Opelika High School. Ironically, Opelika is coached by Brian Blackmon, Tigers’ head coach Ben Blackmon’s brother. The Tigers host Wilcox-Central on Friday night. Complete, 5A, 1A, AISA polls below.

Class 5A

1. Cullman (17)                       (5-0)     377

2. Hartselle (9)                         (5-0)     340

3. Vigor (10)                             (4-1)     307

4. Greenville (1)                       (5-0)     270

5. Carver-Montgomery           (4-1)     211

6. Demopolis                            (4-1)     154

7. Spanish Fort                        (4-1)     117

8. Briarwood Chr.                    (3-2)     109

9. St. Paul’s                              (4-1)     57

10. Russellville                        (3-2)     36

Others receiving votes: Shelby Co. (4-1) 27, Athens (4-1) 27, Springville (3-2) 24, Fairfield (4-1) 11, Fort Payne (4-1) 10, Valley (4-1) 9, Erwin (4-1) 7, Eufaula (3-2) 4, Boaz (4-1) 4, John Carroll (4-1) 4, Wenonah (3-1) 3, Muscle Shoals (4-1) 1.

Class 1A

1. Sweet Water (35)                (4-1)     437

2. Maplesville (1)                     (5-0)     321

3. Linden (1)                            (5-0)     283

4. Brantley                                (4-1)     228

5. R.A. Hubbard                      (4-1)     185

6. Loachapoka                         (4-1)     157

7. Gaston                                  (4-1)     141

8. Cedar Bluff                          (4-1)     121

9. McIntosh                              (4-0)     118

10. McKenzie                           (5-0)     47

Others receiving votes: Berry (5-0) 32, Lynn (5-0) 12, Hackleburg (5-0) 10, Appalachian (4-1) 7, Phillips-Bear Creek (4-0) 4, Talladega Co. Central (3-1) 3, Geneva Co. (4-1) 1, Winterboro (3-2) 1, Billingsley (2-3) 1.

AISA

1. Edgewood Acad. (23)        (5-0)     392

2. Bessemer Acad. (10)          (6-0)     355

3. Southern Acad. (1)             (5-0)     291

4. Patrician Acad.                    (6-0)     244

5. Monroe Acad. (2)                (5-0)     212

6. Fort Dale Acad. (1)             (4-1)     207

7. Pike Liberal                          (3-1)     125

8. Lowndes Acad.                   (4-1)     118

9. Cornerstone Chr.                (4-0)     78

10. Macon-East                       (4-1)     60

Others receiving votes: Crenshaw Chr. (4-1) 13, Escambia Acad. (4-2) 5, Lee-Scott (3-2) 3, Sumter Acad. (3-3) 3, Restoration Acad. (2-2) 2, Tuscaloosa Acad. (2-3) 2.