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Eagles move up, McKenzie vs. Brantley a Top 10 battle

The Fort Dale Academy Eagles moved up to No. 3 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association AISA Top Ten after beating No. 1 Edgewood Academy 28-7 last Friday night.

Southern Academy moved up to take the top spot with Monroe Academy at No. 2 followed by the Eagles. Monroe Academy and FDA play each other next week.

The Greenville Tigers remained No. 4 in this week’s Class 5A poll with fellow region opponents Carver-Montgomery at No. 5 and Demopolis at No. 6. The game against Demopolis next week will likely decide the Class 5A, Region 3 championship. The Tigers beat Carver-Montgomery earlier this year.

Sports writers highlighted No. 8 McKenzie’s game against No. 3 Brantley as one of the bigger contests of the week. The Tigers travel to face the Bulldogs on Friday.

Complete 5A, 1A, and AISA polls follow:

Class 5A

1. Cullman (21) (6-0) 380

2. Hartselle (7) (6-0) 332

3. Vigor (8) (5-1) 303

4. Greenville (6-0) 254

5. Carver-Montgomery (5-1) 209

6. Demopolis (5-1) 158

7. Briarwood Chr. (4-2) 132

8. Spanish Fort (5-1) 119

9. Russellville (4-2) 58

10. Shelby Co. (5-1) 36

Others receiving votes: Fairfield (5-1) 21, St. Paul’s (4-2) 17, Valley (5-1) 14, Fort Payne (5-1) 10, Springville (4-2) 2, Athens (4-2) 2, Walker (4-2) 2, Sylacauga (5-1) 2, McAdory (4-1) 1.

Class 1A

1. Sweet Water (35) (5-1) 428

2. Linden (1) (6-0) 314

3. Brantley (5-1) 260

4. Maplesville (5-1) 218

5. R.A. Hubbard (5-1) 215

6. Loachapoka (5-1) 173

7. McIntosh (5-0) 165

8. McKenzie (6-0) 119

9. Berry (6-0) 54

10. Hackleberg (6-0) 44

Others receiving votes: Gaston (4-2) 28, Cedar Bluff (4-2) 12, Phillips-Bear Creek (5-0) 8, Lynn (5-1) 5, Talladega Co. Central (4-2) 4, Appalachian (4-1) 3, Victory Chr. (4-2) 1, Collinsville (3-3) 1.

AISA

1. Southern Acad. (25) (6-0) 388

2. Monroe Acad. (6) (6-0) 321

3. Fort Dale Acad. (4) (5-1) 283

4. Patrician Acad. (6-0) 252

5. Edgewood Acad. (1) (5-1) 185

6. Bessemer Acad. (6-1) 164

7. Pike Liberal (4-1) 160

8. Lowndes Acad. (5-1) 125

9. Cornerstone Chr. (5-0) 92

10. Macon-East (5-1) 75

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