Charles Henderson remains No. 2 in 5A, Goshen moves up in 2A

Published 9:18 am Thursday, August 31, 2023

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On Wednesday, the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) released the second Alabama High School Football Poll of the season with a number of area teams once again landing on their respective Top 10s.

The Charles Henderson Trojans remain at No. 2 in Class 5A, behind reigning state champion Ramsay at No. 1. The Trojans earned one first place vote this week.

In Class 3A, Pike County remains at No. 9, while Goshen moved from No. 9 to No. 8 in Class 2A after a dominant week one win over Daleville. Ariton also dropped down to No. 9 this week.

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There is also a number of other Wiregrass schools appearing in Top 10s, as well. Enterprise moved up to No. 5 in Class 7A, while Dothan came in at No. 7. In 4A, reigning state champion Andalusia remains at No. 1. Highland Home sits at No. 4 in Class 4A, while Elba sits at No. 2 in Class 1A. Brantley is also No. 8 in 1A and Florala is No. 10.

Charles Henderson’s season-opening opponent this week, Mary G. Montgomery, lands at No. 9 in Class 7A this week.

In other area news, Pike Liberal Arts School has forfeited its week one win over Zion Chapel due to playing an ineligible player.

“I mistakenly put a kid in the game that was not eligible for varsity play and when I realized it we met the next week and self-reported it,” PLAS Coach William Moguel said. “It was an oversight on my part and I take full responsibility.”

Pike Lib’s record is now 0-1 and Zion Chapel’s is 1-0 to reflect the forfeiture.

The ASWA’s voting panel for high school football includes sports writers from all over the state. Those voters include Josh Boutwell (Troy Messenger), Andrew Garner (Atmore Advance), Andrew Simonson (Shelby Co. Reporter), Anna Snyder (Tuscaloosa News), Ben Thomas (, Caleb Suggs (Decatur Daily), Chris McCarthy (Gadsden Messenger), David Mundee (Dothan Eagle), Dennis Victory (, Jake Winfrey (Cullman Times), James Jones (Selma-Times Journal), Jason Bowen (Jackson Co. Sentinel), Jerry Humphrey III (Montgomery Advertiser), Joe Medley (East Alabama Sports Today), Jonathan Bentley (Daily Mountain Eagle), Kyle Parmley (Starnes Media), Letti Hasberry (Selma Sun), Marcus Gates (Washington Co. News), Pacey Strickland (Valley Times-News), Shannon Fagan (WEIS Radio), Stacy Long (Florence Times Daily) and Tripp Norris (Opp News).