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Lanett, Chambers Academy hold state rankings ahead of playoffs

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Lanett and Chambers Academy have kept their  positions in the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) rankings as the representatives for the Greater Valley Area.

The Panthers of Lanett come into next week’s playoffs as the 1A No.1-ranked team. Lanett ended the regular season with 42-0 shut out over Billingsley, which was the team’s third-consecutive shutout to end the regular season. Senior safety Trikweze Bridges grabbed an interception in the win, which solidified his place as the second all-time state leader in career interceptions with 34 picks of his own. The Panthers are projected to host Florala next week in the first round.

Chambers Academy remains the No. 3-ranked AISA team this week after completing its third-straight undefeated regular season two weeks ago against Marengo Academy. This season’s Rebel defense has allowed the fewest points in school history, led by junior linebacker Braxton Allen. On offense, Chambers has been powered by first-year starting quarterback Payton Allen and electric running back C.J. Lyons.

The LaFayette Bulldogs remain the lone team from the Greater Valley Area that at least received votes in the prep polls. LaFayette ended the regular season with five-straight wins. The team is led by Quabo Boston-Gaines and Jae’lin McCurdy. The Bulldogs are currently in the midst of an open week, but are currently projected to travel to play at 6-3 Geneva County next Friday.

The full rankings are as follows:

CLASS 7A

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

1. Central-Phenix City (25); 8-0; 309

2. Thompson (1); 6-1; 215

3. Auburn; 7-0; 201

4. Hoover; 5-2; 176

5. Mountain Brook; 7-0; 174

6. Hewitt-Trussville; 6-2; 128

7. Austin; 6-1; 101

8. Theodore; 6-1; 90

9. McGill-Toolen; 5-2; 41

10. James Clemens; 5-2; 37

Others receiving votes: Fairhope (6-2) 5, Bob Jones (5-3) 2, Vestavia Hills (4-3) 2, Prattville (5-2) 1.

CLASS 6A

1. Pinson Valley (23); 6-1; 303

2. Spanish Fort (1); 6-1; 215

3. Saraland (1); 8-0; 209

4. Clay-Chalkville; 6-1; 177

5. Hartselle (1); 7-0; 156

6. Oxford; 6-1; 125

7. Wetumpka; 7-1; 123

8. Homewood; 6-1; 69

9. Jackson-Olin; 7-0; 60

10. McAdory; 8-0; 22

Others receiving votes: Muscle Shoals (6-2) 7, Stanhope Elmore (5-3) 5, Athens (6-1) 4, Opelika (3-4) 3, Carver-Montgomery (7-1) 2, Fort Payne (4-3) 1, Hueytown (6-1) 1.

CLASS 5A

1. Vigor (18); 7-0; 288

2. Etowah (7); 8-0; 249

3. Briarwood (1); 6-1; 211

4. Demopolis; 6-1; 167

5. Madison Aca.; 6-1; 151

6. Greenville; 6-1; 126

7. Mortimer Jordan; 7-1; 100

8. Ramsay; 7-1; 74

9. Russellville; 7-0; 49

10. Tallassee; 5-2; 22

Others receiving votes: Carroll-Ozark (4-2) 15, Boaz (7-1) 12, Brewer (6-1) 5, Bibb Co. (6-2) 4, East Limestone (5-2) 4, Jasper (6-1) 3, Citronelle (5-2) 2.

CLASS 4A

1. UMS-Wright (25); 7-0; 307

2. Hokes Bluff (1); 7-0; 232

3. Jacksonville; 8-0; 197

4. Fayette Co.; 6-1; 172

5. Brooks; 6-1; 150

6. American Chr.; 7-0; 137

7. North Jackson; 7-0; 129

8. Headland; 7-0; 57

9. Catholic-Montgomery; 6-2; 54

10. Northside; 7-1; 29

Others receiving votes: Escambia Co. (5-2) 4, Good Hope (6-1) 4, Montevallo (6-1) 3, Andalusia (4-4) 2, Handley (3-4) 2, Oneonta (5-2) 2, DAR (5-2) 1.

CLASS 3A

1. Saks (24); 7-0; 306

2. Mobile Chr. (2); 5-1; 229

3. Randolph Co.; 6-1; 190

4. Winfield; 8-0; 175

5. Piedmont; 5-2; 150

6. Thomasville; 6-1; 123

7. Fultondale; 6-1; 121

8. Gordo; 5-2; 66

9. Westminster-Huntsville; 7-0; 59

10. Pike Co.; 6-1; 28

Others receiving votes: T.R. Miller (5-2) 18, Geraldine (6-1) 8, Providence Chr. (7-1) 4, Midfield (5-1) 3, St. James (6-1) 2.

CLASS 2A

1. Fyffe (26); 7-0; 312

2. Ohatchee; 6-0; 217

3. Reeltown; 7-1; 200

4. Cottage Hill; 7-0; 174

5. Thorsby; 7-1; 144

6. Luverne; 6-1; 114

7. Aliceville; 6-1; 96

8. Highland Home; 6-1; 67

9. Abbeville; 6-1; 65

10. Ranburne; 6-1; 24

Others receiving votes: Collinsville (6-1) 17, North Sand Mountain (6-1) 15, Leroy (4-3) 12, Addison (6-2) 8, LaFayette (4-3) 8, Ariton (4-3) 4, Cedar Bluff (5-2) 3, New Brockton (4-3) 1, Red Bay (5-2) 1.

CLASS 1A

1. Lanett (19); 6-1; 290

2. Linden (6); 7-0; 247

3. Maplesville; 6-1; 194

4. St. Luke’s; 6-1; 160

5. South Lamar; 7-0; 151

6. Georgiana; 7-1; 141

7. Marengo; 7-1; 95

8. Falkville (1); 8-0; 88

9. Elba; 5-1; 56

10. Mars Hill Bible; 6-1; 36

Others receiving votes: Wadley (5-1) 16, Spring Garden (6-1) 4, R.A. Hubbard (6-2) 2, Waterloo (7-1) 2.

AISA

1. Autauga Aca. (20); 7-1; 294

2. Monroe Aca. (6); 9-0; 243

3. Chambers Aca.; 9-0; 200

4. Bessemer Aca.; 6-3; 170

5. Escambia Aca.; 6-2; 142

6. Morgan Aca.; 7-2; 113

7. Tuscaloosa Aca.; 6-2; 102

8. Pike Liberal Arts; 8-1; 95

9. Crenshaw Chr.; 7-1; 85

10. Edgewood; 6-2; 23

Others receiving votes: Macon-East (6-2) 5, Marengo Aca. (4-5) 3, Wilcox Aca. (6-2) 3, Glenwood (3-5) 2, South Choctaw Aca. (5-4) 1, Southern Aca. (5-2) 1.