Bulldogs still ranked No. 10 in Class 3A

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Sports Editor

Pike County is still sitting pretty at No. 10 in this week’s Class 3A football poll, released by the Alabama Sports Writers Association late Tuesday.

The Bulldogs won their sixth straight ball game and enter this week at 6-2 on the season following last Friday night’s 58-0 bombing of Alabama Christian Academy. After opening the season with back-to-back losses to Class 5A No. 8 Eufaula (40-7) and Class 3A No. 8 Lanett (24-20), Pike County has been clicking on all cylinders. The offense is currently averaging 45.3 points per game, while the defense is only giving up 6.5 per outing.

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Pike County travels to play Montgomery Academy this week before finishing the regular season in Millbrook against Stanhope-Elmore.

With a win this week, the Bulldogs could move even higher in the polls next week. 3A No. 1 Phil Campbell plays No. 6 West Morgan, while No. 2 Litchfield plays host to No. 9 Hokes Bluff.

Six unbeaten schools occupy the top six spots in Class 6A. Hoover remains No. 1, followed by Daphne, Huffman, Prattville, Butler, all 8-0, and Tuscaloosa County, 7-0.

In Class 5A, Homewood is still No. 1 with Wilcox-Central at No. 2. No. 3 Benjamin Russell travels to play No. 8 Eufaula on Friday night.

UMS-Wright successfully defended its No. 1 ranking in Class 4A last week, despite the suspension of 23 football players.

Leroy (8-0) is once again tops in 2A, followed by two fellow unbeatens in Houston County (No.2) and Fyffe (No. 3).

G.W. Long retained their No. 1 ranking in Class 1A, receiving 11 first place votes to Reeltown’s seven. Carrollton and Maplesville also received first place votes.

Both the top two teams in the AISA will face ranked challengers this week. No. 1 Glenwood is at No. 7 Bessemer Academy, while No. 2 Monroe hosts No. 10 Sumter Academy.