Week Four Associated Press rankings of the top Tennessee high school football teams had some interesting wrinkles, considering the results of the past Friday night’s games.
Northeast remained undefeated (4-0) and looked absolutely dominant in their 42-7 shellacking of Rossview on Friday, but inexplicably fell a place from four to five in the Class 5A rankings. Meanwhile, Clarksville (4-0) climbed up a spot to number six, and faces third-ranked Henry County (4-0) in a Region 7-5A showdown in Paris this Friday night. Fulton (3-0) got all 16 first place votes for Class 5A
“The teams that are ahead of us are all really good. Polls are fun for the fans, but we are worried about going 1-0 this week. Our region is good from top to bottom this year so no one can look ahead at anyone else.”
–Northeast head coach Chad Watson on his team’s ranking
Montgomery Central, on the strength of their 4-0 record and a dominating defense, hit the Class 4A top 10 at number 10 for the first time in their history. The Indians are giving up a paltry 5.0 points per game so far. This week, the Indians journey to Creek Wood (3-1), 42-21 winners over Harpeth in Week 4, in a big border war collision. Down the road, seventh-ranked Springfield (3-1) awaits Montgomery Central on October 5. Greenville (4-0) got all 16 first place votes for Class 4A.
“It’s great,” Montgomery Central head coach Jeffrey Tomlinson said of the ranking. “But it’s all for nought if we don’t take care of business this Friday.”
Clarksville Academy (2-1) fell in a heartbreaker 12-10 to undefeated Westmoreland last Friday, but gained more respect from the voters, moving up to number four in Division II-A. The Cougars get another huge test this week, as they journey to Fayette Academy, 3-0 and ranked third in the division rankings. Davidson Academy (4-0) is solidly perched at the top of Division II-A with 14 first place votes, 49-6 winners over Sycamore (now 2-2) last Friday.
PICTURED, TOP: Montgomery Central’s Lakendriez Sanders has been a workhorse in the Indains’ ball-control running game this season. BILL CLARK/BOOM