Lanett moves into 1A top three in latest ASWA rankings

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019

After defeating 5A and 4A opponents, the Lanett Panthers (6-0, 3-0) have now moved up in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Associated (ASWA) prep rankings.

Lanett has been the No. 5-ranked team in 1A football all season long, dating back to this year’s preseason poll. After opening the season on the road with a 25-21 win over 5A Valley (4-2, 3-0) and earning a come-from-behind 20-15 win at 4A Handley (3-2, 2-0) last Friday night, the Panthers are now the No. 3-ranked team in 1A.

Senior quarterback Kristian Story finished the road win at Handley with three touchdown passes to senior B.J. Smith, and juniors Trey Abner and Seidron Langston. The Lanett defense stuffed Handley on fourth and one in the final minute of the game to seal the victory. Panthers assistant football coach E.J. Webb said this season’s defense can compete to be one of the best that he’s seen as a coach in his time with the program.

Lanett has an open week before returning to the gridiron on Oct. 11 at Loachapoka.

Chambers Academy (6-0, 2-0) also remains in the top 3 of all AISA programs after securing a 50-0 win over crosstown rival Springwood School last Friday night. Senior Braxton Allen and junior Payton Allen led the Rebels’ rushing attack, finishing with 139 and 102 rushing yards, respectively. Five different Rebels found the end zone in the victory. Defensively, seniors Braxton Allen and Dijon Darden led the team with five tackles each. Senior Brody Smoot finished with three tackles and two sacks. Chambers Academy has a short week to work with, as they travel to Montgomery to face Success Unlimited on Thursday night.

Listed below are this week’s full rankings:

CLASS 7A

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

1. Thompson (21); 5-0; 286

2. McGill-Toolen (3); 5-0; 229

3. Central-Phenix City (1); 5-1; 203

4. Hoover; 4-1; 181

5. Mountain Brook; 5-0; 136

6. Theodore; 5-0; 116

7. Lee-Montgomery; 6-0; 113

8. Austin; 5-0; 78

9. Sparkman; 5-0; 41

10. Hewitt-Trussville; 4-2; 18

Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-1) 10, James Clemens (3-2) 6, Auburn (4-2) 4, Prattville (4-1) 4.

 

CLASS 6A

1. Saraland (25); 6-0; 300

2. Muscle Shoals; 6-0; 220

3. Oxford; 5-0; 201

4. Hueytown; 5-0; 178

5. Pinson Valley; 3-2; 139

6. Blount; 4-1; 90

7. Bessemer City; 5-0; 81

8. Gardendale; 6-0; 69

9. Opelika; 4-1; 64

10. Carver-Montgomery; 5-1; 34

Others receiving votes: St. Paul’s (4-1) 29, Clay-Chalkville (3-2) 5, Helena (4-1) 5, Benjamin Russell (3-3) 4, Athens (4-1) 2, Fort Payne (4-1) 2, Stanhope Elmore (5-1) 2.

 

CLASS 5A

1. Jasper (23); 5-0; 293

2. Ramsay (2); 5-1; 206

3. Central-Clay Co.; 4-1; 198

4. Etowah; 6-0; 186

5. Russellville; 5-0; 144

6. Madison Aca.; 4-1; 113

7. Bibb Co.; 6-0; 104

8. Center Point; 5-1; 70

9. Pleasant Grove; 4-1; 51

10. Alexandria; 4-0; 35

Others receiving votes: Faith-Mobile (5-0) 11, Briarwood (3-2) 6, Demopolis (3-2) 4, Jackson (4-1) 2, Hamilton (5-0) 1, Scottsboro (4-1) 1.

 

CLASS 4A

1. UMS-Wright (25); 5-0; 300

2. American Chr.; 5-0; 224

3. Catholic-Montgomery; 6-0; 201

4. Good Hope; 5-0; 172

5. Williamson; 4-1; 111

6. Jacksonville; 4-2; 91

7. Deshler; 4-2; 77

8. Northside; 5-1; 73

9. Brooks; 4-2; 57

10. Priceville; 4-1; 34

Others receiving votes: Oneonta (3-2) 26, Hokes Bluff (3-2) 17, Anniston (3-2) 16, Andalusia (3-3) 15, Holtville (4-1) 4, Headland (3-2) 3, Fayette Co. (4-2) 2, Hillcrest-Evergreen (3-3) 2.

 

CLASS 3A

1. Flomaton (16); 5-0; 273

2. Piedmont (8); 5-0; 242

3. Gordo (1); 5-0; 200

4. Pike Co.; 5-0; 172

5. Providence Chr.; 6-0; 151

6. Randolph Co.; 4-1; 116

7. St. James; 5-0; 96

8. Walter Wellborn; 6-0; 79

9. Pike Road; 6-0; 33

10. Midfield; 3-1; 25

Others receiving votes: Susan Moore (6-0) 21, Geraldine (4-2) 8, T.R. Miller (4-1) 6, Fultondale (4-1) 3.

 

CLASS 2A

1. Fyffe (24); 5-0; 297

2. Luverne; 5-0; 221

3. Ohatchee (1); 5-0; 187

4. Reeltown; 6-0; 170

5. Leroy; 4-1; 138

6. Aliceville; 4-1; 98

7. Abbeville; 4-1; 79

8. Collinsville; 4-1; 73

9. Red Bay; 5-0; 62

10. Colbert Co.; 5-1; 27

Others receiving votes: G.W. Long (5-0) 22, Addison (4-2) 14, Goshen (5-0) 11, Highland Home (4-1) 10, Ranburne (5-0) 10, J.U. Blacksher (5-1) 4, Cedar Bluff (5-0) 2.

 

CLASS 1A

1. Mars Hill Bible (24); 5-0; 297

2. Sweet Water (1); 4-0; 221

3. Lanett; 6-0; 195

4. Maplesville; 4-1; 154

5. South Lamar; 5-0; 140

6. Spring Garden; 4-1; 108

7. Decatur Heritage; 6-0; 94

8. Brantley; 4-1; 84

9. Pickens Co.; 4-1; 70

10. Isabella; 5-0; 34

Others receiving votes: Millry (4-1) 19, Elba (4-2) 3, Marengo (4-2) 3, Donoho (4-1) 1, Waterloo (5-1) 1, Winterboro (4-2) 1.

 

AISA

1. Autauga Aca. (21); 3-1; 287

2. Wilcox Aca. (3); 5-0; 218

3. Chambers Aca. (1); 6-0; 204

4. Edgewood; 6-0; 165

5. Glenwood; 5-1; 133

6. Macon-East; 3-1; 113

7. Crenshaw Chr.; 5-0; 107

8. Bessemer Aca.; 4-3; 82

9. Tuscaloosa Aca.; 4-2; 51

10. Southern Aca.; 3-1; 38

Others receiving votes: Escambia Aca. (3-2) 13, Monroe Aca. (4-2) 9, Lowndes Aca. (3-1) 4, Lee-Scott (3-2) 1.