From Staff and Wire Reports
Some things never change--at least for the Lovejoy Wildcats football team.
For weeks now, head coach Al Hughes club has been winning and for weeks they have stayed in the same spot in th e Class AAAAA football poll.
Nothing changed again this week as media members from around the state placed the undefeat Lovejoy (9-0) in the No. 6 spot in the Class AAAAA poll.
As ranked teams focus on region matchups and post season seeding, the Associated Press high school football poll this week reflects a measure of fine tuning. With all five classes accounted for, only three teams made an exit with an equal number entering the ranks.
The only change in Class AAAAA was Newnan claiming the No. 10 spot after sharing No. 9 in a tie with Lowndes last week. The remaining nine stayed the same with No. 1 Camden County receiving 14 of the 17 first place votes. No. 2 Parkview and No. 3 South Gwinnett round out the top three.
Class AAAA welcomed Mays (9-0) at No. 10 while Cedar Shoals failed to receive enough votes to remain after losing to unranked Winder-Barrow 11-10. The top seven continue to hold their positions with Thomas County Central at No. 1, Marist at No. 2 and No. 3 Shaw leading the pack.
With no changes in Class AAA until you reach No. 9, North Hall moved up one position to make room for Spalding's (8-1) debut at No. 10. Mary Persons lost its ranking after coming up short 20-13 to unranked Northeast. Gainesville (8-0), Peach County and Swainsboro hold down the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 positions.
In Class AA, Morgan County (8-1) entered the poll at No. 10 as Randolph-Clay lost favor with voters after losing to No. 4 Americus 62-13. Macon County (8-1) climbed one slot to No. 9. With the top eight slots unchanged, Buford (8-0) continues as the No. 1 favorite with 16 first place along with No. 2 Early County and No. 3 Vidalia.
For the first time this season in any class, the ranking order in Class A reflected no change. Twelve first place votes were cast for No. 1 Lincoln County (9-0), while No. 2 Hawkinsville received two and No. 3 Clinch County tallied three.