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Jonesboro, Riverdale move into rankings

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Coach Tim Floyd’s Jonesboro team is ranked for the first time in school history in the Associated Press poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Cardinals and Riverdale are tied at No. 8.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Coach Tim Floyd’s Jonesboro team is ranked for the first time in school history in the Associated Press poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Cardinals and Riverdale are tied at No. 8.

Jonesboro and Riverdale become the latest Clayton County teams to enter the weekly Associated Press top 10 rankings, which were released on Tuesday.

The Class AAAA schools are tied at No. 8 in the rankings.

Riverdale (3-0) is ranked for the first time since 2005 when the Raiders started the season at 5-0 and entered the poll in the eighth week of the season at No. 5. The Raiders have been in the rankings only seven other times in school history.

The Raiders will put their ranking to the test when they take on Dutchtown Friday.

Jonesboro (2-1) entered the AP rankings for the first time this season despite coming off a 34-33 loss at No. 3 Griffin last week. This is the Cardinals time in the AP rankings in school history.

The last time Jonesboro was ranked was in 1978 at No. 8 in both the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution rankings. Jonesboro plays at winless Eagle’s Landing on Friday.

While these two schools enter the rankings, Lovejoy dropped out of the AP rankings this week. After its loss at Colquitt County two weeks ago, the Wildcats went from No. 9 to 10.

Lovejoy, a Class AAAAAA school, defeated Alpharetta last week at Twelve Oaks Stadium to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Wildcats are victim of the after effects of Parkview’s shocking win over nationally-ranked Grayson last week.

Grayson, the defending Class AAAAA champions, dropped from No. 1 to No. 8 this week. To make room for Parkview, the Wildcats didn’t receive enough votes to remain.

Also, North Cobb improved to 2-0 on the season in moved into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 7.

Eagle’s Landing Christian remained the top Class A team after last week’s route of Hapeville Charter. The Chargers (3-1) got eight of the 11 first place votes from the pollsters.

Eagle’s Landing is idle this week. On Sept. 29, the Chargers will play their first Region 5-A game of the season when they take on Holy Innocents’ at Riverwood High’s Bill Hoskyn Stadium in Atlanta.

The Chargers have won the region title the last two seasons.