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Lovejoy still ranked No. 6 in state poll

From staff and wire reports

For most the of the 2003 football season, Lovejoy has been in the No. 6 slot in Class AAAAA in the Associated Press high school football poll.

Lovejoy made it as high as No. 5 for one week but the team has not been able to crack the top five for much of the season. This week, things stayed the same with Lovejoy continuing to occupy the No. 6 position.

Lovejoy completed the regular season Saturday night with a 26-13 victory over Riverdale at Tara Stadium. The victory completed a 10-0 run for Lovejoy in the regular season.

Here's a glance at this week's AP poll:

With only one major upset and a minor one, the rankings in this week's Associated Press high school football poll reflect solid season performances as the top 10 head into the final week of the schedule.

The only change in Class AAAAA was No. 9 Newnan (9-1) and No. 10 Lowndes (7-2) swapping places. Camden County (9-0) received 16 of the 19 No. 1 votes with No. 2 Parkview (8-1) and No. 3 South Gwinnett (9-0) each getting one.

Class AAAA showed the most significant movement due to Marist's 20-17 upset loss to St. Pius X Friday. Marist fell three places to No. 5 while No. 8 Mays (10-0) moved up two positions. No. 9 McNair (9-1) and No. 10 Rome (7-2) dropped out of their tie at No. 8 last week.

Thomas County Central (9-0) remains the overwhelming favorite with 18 first place votes with Shaw (9-0) the new No. 2 and Tucker (9-1) moving into the No. 3 position.

The only change in the Class AAA rankings is a flip-flop of No. 5 Washington County (8-1) and No. 6 Screven County (8-1). Gainesville continues at No. 1, Peach County at No. 2 and Tucker holding down No. 3.

Meanwhile, the only group in the poll that welcomed a new member and said goodbye to another was Class AA. Macon County's 7-6 loss to Jackson made room for Adairsville (7-2) to enter the poll at No. 10 and moved Morgan County (8-1) to No. 9. Buford (9-0), Early County (9-0) and Vidalia (8-0-1) continue as the top three.

Twiggs County's (8-1) loss to No. 1 Lincoln County (10-0) might have been expected but it caused Twiggs to slide four positions to No. 8 in the Class A rankings. Metter, Trion, Pacelli Catholic and Landmark Christian all moved up a slot. Hawkinsville and Clinch County remain at Nos. 2 and 3.