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Raiders slip to No. 10 in latest AP poll

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

LOGO MCHS blue M_CWhen the latest top-10 rankings for TSSAA football were released this week from the Associated Press, there was a bit of shuffling among the top 10 teams in certain classes as some ranked teams suffered upsets in Week 3.

While the top three teams in classes 6A, 4A, 3A and 1A remained unchanged, Class 2A was jumbled a bit, and Class 1A from No. 4 down was tossed in a blender.

The biggest shuffling affecting teams from Middle Tennessee happened in Class 1A, where every spot from No. 4 down was changed.

Humboldt (3-0), South Pittsburg (3-1) and Dresden (3-1) remain Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the Class 1A poll.

Moore County continued its slide as the Raiders dropped from No. 6 to No. 10 following their 28-0 loss to Wayne County last week.

“I think the same thing now as before,” said Moore County head coach Scott Smith. “We didn’t put ourselves up there. Now we have to earn some self-respect for ourselves. We have to find a way to compete in the next six games so we can make it to the postseason.”

This week Moore County hosts a team, Fayetteville City, that’s on the verge of breaking into the top 10. The Tigers (3-0) are ranked No. 11 in the latest poll.

“They’ve had three years to get their program up to speed. They’ve got a good senior class that’s been playing (junior varsity) together since they were sophomores,” said Smith. “They’re kinda the new kid on the block.”

The Tigers, who are 2-0 in District 9-A play, have wins over Richland, Community and Middle Tennessee Christian School.

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