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Beulah stops receiving votes after loss, Lanett and Chambers stand pat

The number of local teams who appeared in the state rankings to decrease this week. In the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association prep football poll, only Lanett, Chambers Academy and LaFayette received votes. In an earlier week this season, all six Alabama teams in the Greater Valley Area at least received votes to be ranked in the state.

Beulah is the latest team to stop receiving votes after suffering a 20-14 loss to 3-3 Bullock County last Friday night. Strength of schedule was the only legitimate reason for the Bobcats not to be ranked previously in the team’s 5-0 start. Former Bobcat Hunter Bowling tweeted at the players after the loss but the team members didn’t seem to be too worried.

“We’re going to be straight,” Bobcats senior lineman Hunter Bryant replied. “Headed to the playoffs.”

Lanett remains the No. 1 team in 1A after taking in a week of rest last Friday night.

The Panthers return to action this Friday against Loachapoka. Lanett has three games remaining in the regular season before continuing its championship defense in the postseason. Senior safety Trikweze Bridges is four interceptions shy of tying the all-time career record of 36 in the state.

Chambers Academy remains as the AISA No. 4 team after shutting out Pickens Academy 49-0 last Friday night.

The win marked the third shut out for the Rebels’ defense and the fifth game where Chambers allowed one or fewer touchdowns this season. Chambers Academy has two games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs.

LaFayette is still receiving votes to be ranked in 2A after a 41-7 win over Fayetteville last week. After a tough stretch of games against ranked opponents in the first half of the season, the remainder of the Bulldogs’ regular season looks winnable, as the three opponents have a combined record of 3-16. LaFayette has its homecoming game this Friday against Vincent.

The full rankings are as follows:

CLASS 7A

Team (first-place); W-L; Pts

1. Central-Phenix City (24); 7-0; 313

2. Hewitt-Trussville (3); 6-1; 249

3. Thompson; 5-1; 195

4. Auburn; 6-0; 185

5. Hoover; 4-2; 172

6. McGill-Toolen; 5-1; 136

7. Mountain Brook; 6-0; 114

8. Austin; 5-1; 86

9. Theodore; 5-1; 50

10. James Clemens; 4-2; 20

Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-2) 11, Fairhope (5-2) 4, Bob Jones (4-3) 2, Lee-Montgomery (4-3) 1, Prattville (4-2) 1.

CLASS 6A

1. Pinson Valley (22); 5-1; 309

2. Spanish Fort (2); 5-1; 227

3. Saraland (1); 7-0; 210

4. Clay-Chalkville; 5-1; 176

5. Hartselle (1); 6-0; 153

6. Wetumpka (1); 6-1; 142

7. Oxford; 5-1; 135

8. Homewood; 5-1; 76

9. Jackson-Olin; 6-0; 57

10. Carver-Montgomery; 7-0; 26

Others receiving votes: McAdory (7-0) 9, Stanhope Elmore (4-3) 7, Muscle Shoals (5-2) 5, Opelika (2-4) 2, St. Paul’s (4-2) 2, Athens (5-1) 1, Hueytown (5-1) 1, Jemison-Huntsville (2-5) 1.

CLASS 5A

1. Vigor (20); 6-0; 303

2. Etowah (6); 7-0; 254

3. Briarwood (1); 5-1; 220

4. Demopolis; 5-1; 170

5. Madison Aca.; 5-1; 149

6. Greenville; 5-1; 109

7. Carroll-Ozark; 4-1; 107

8. Mortimer Jordan; 6-1; 83

9. Ramsay; 6-1; 52

10. Sylacauga; 6-1; 34

Others receiving votes: Russellville (6-0) 17, Tallassee (4-2) 15, Citronelle (5-1) 10, Brewer (5-1) 4, Guntersville (2-3) 4, Boaz (6-1) 3, Madison Co. (2-5) 3, Alexandria (4-2) 1, Jasper (5-1) 1.

CLASS 4A

1. UMS-Wright (26); 6-0; 319

2. Hokes Bluff (1); 6-0; 241

3. Jacksonville; 7-0; 206

4. Fayette Co.; 6-1; 180

5. Brooks; 5-1; 151

6. American Chr.; 6-0; 139

7. North Jackson; 6-0; 131

8. Catholic-Montgomery; 5-2; 56

9. Headland; 6-0; 48

10. Northside; 6-1; 14

Others receiving votes: Andalusia (4-3) 13, Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-3) 12, Deshler (4-3) 8, Good Hope (5-1) 7, Oneonta (5-1) 7, St. John Paul II (5-1) 3, Montevallo (5-1) 2, Escambia Co. (4-2) 1, Talladega (4-3) 1.

CLASS 3A

1. Saks (25); 6-0; 318

2. Mobile Chr. (2); 4-1; 236

3. Randolph Co.; 5-1; 198

4. Winfield; 7-0; 180

5. Piedmont; 4-2; 138

6. Fultondale; 5-1; 128

7. Thomasville; 5-1; 107

8. T.R. Miller; 5-1; 87

9. Gordo; 4-2; 50

10. Westminster-Huntsville; 7-0; 43

Others receiving votes: Pike Co. (5-1) 20, Midfield (5-0) 11, Geraldine (6-1) 9, Providence Chr. (6-1) 8, St. James (5-1) 3, Weaver (4-2) 3.

CLASS 2A

1. Fyffe (25); 6-0; 318

2. Luverne (2); 6-0; 242

3. Ohatchee; 6-0; 220

4. Reeltown; 6-1; 185

5. Cottage Hill; 6-0; 126

6. Thorsby; 6-1; 114

7. Leroy; 4-2; 97

8. Aliceville; 5-1; 72

9. Cedar Bluff; 5-1; 47

10. Abbeville; 5-1; 23

Others receiving votes: Ranburne (5-1) 21, Addison (5-2) 16, Collinsville (5-1) 14, North Sand Mountain (5-1) 14, Colbert Co. (5-2) 11, LaFayette (3-3) 8, Ariton (4-3) 4, Highland Home (5-1) 4, New Brockton (4-3) 3.

CLASS 1A

1. Lanett (20); 5-1; 302

2. Linden (6); 6-0; 256

3. Maplesville; 5-1; 205

4. St. Luke’s; 5-1; 161

5. South Lamar; 6-0; 158

6. Elba; 5-0; 138

7. Georgiana; 6-1; 117

8. Marengo; 6-1; 80

9. Falkville (1); 7-0; 75

10. Mars Hill Bible; 5-1; 18

Others receiving votes: Wadley (5-1) 12, Sweet Water (3-3) 7, Spring Garden (5-1) 3, Waterloo (6-1) 3, Pickens Co. (3-3) 2, Hubbertville (5-1) 1, Isabella (4-2) 1.

AISA

1. Autauga Aca. (24); 6-1; 315

2. Monroe Aca. (3); 8-0; 241

3. Tuscaloosa Aca.; 6-1; 214

4. Chambers Aca.; 8-0; 183

5. Pike Liberal Arts; 8-0; 163

6. Bessemer Aca.; 5-3; 129

7. Escambia Aca.; 5-2; 93

8. Morgan Aca.; 6-2; 73

9. Crenshaw Chr.; 6-1; 69

10. Wilcox Aca.; 6-1; 19

Others receiving votes: Lakeside (4-2) 18, Edgewood (5-2) 10, South Choctaw Aca. (5-3) 8, Marengo Aca. (3-5) 4.