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Riverdale ranked in AP state football poll

From Staff and Wire Reports

ATLANTA - With its undefeated record, the Riverdale Raiders (7-0) are finally making believers out of state sporrts writers.

For the first time this year, the Riverdale Raiders are ranked in the Associated Press Class AAAAA Top-10 football poll, Riverdale enters the poll ranked 10th.

Also, Charlton County enjoyed a six-week run at the top of Class AA but, last week's 29-22 loss to Fitzgerald toppled the Indians reign and elevated Dublin to the No. 1 spot in this week's Associated Press high school football poll.

Dublin, Buford, Calhoun and Greene County each moved up one position representing the top four, respectively. No. 5 Fitzgerald jumped four slots while No. 7 Greater Atlanta Christian and No. 8 Laney climbed one notch. Vidalia fell four places to No. 10 after a 58-0 blowout loss to Dublin. Brooks County exits the poll after losing to Thomasville which helped No. 9 Jackson to enter the poll.

The top six remain in Class AAA with Cartersville the unanimous No. 1. Thomson rose three positions to No. 7 and Cairo moved up one to No. 8. Troup and Washington County exit making way for No. 9 Jefferson County and No. 10 Gainesville to enter.

In Class AAAAA, No. 1 Camden County and No. 2 Brookwood continue while No. 3 Lowndes moves up one, No. 4 Marietta moves up two and No. 5 Valdosta jumps four positions. Parkview's 35-14 loss to region-rival Brookwood resulted in them falling three slots to No. 8 as Harrison fell four to No. 7 after losing to Marietta 32-22. No. 9 Tift County drops two while Riverdale enters the rankings for the first time at No. 10 after Douglass' exit.

Warner Robins remains the unanimous No. 1 in Class AAAA while No. 2 Tucker and No. 3 Statesboro trade places. Lee County enters the poll at No. 10 after beating Ware County 27-10 and eliminating them from the rankings. No. 5 Thomas County Central, No. 6 Griffin and No. 9 Marist all move up one slot.

Bremen continues at No. 1 in Class A as No. 2 Portal, No. 3 Bowdon and No. 4 Washington-Wilkes advance one position. Randolph-Clay falls three to No. 5 and Terrell County enters the poll at No. 10 after Dooly County's loss to No. 7 Johnson County helped facilitate their exit.