Firebirds rise to No. 5 in AP 3-A poll

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For the second straight week, the Southern Nash High varsity football team was the beneficiary of inactivity.

As the Firebirds remained on the sideline due to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Southern Nash moved one spot from No. 6 to No. 5 in the latest release of The Associated Press 3-A football poll Tuesday afternoon. Southern Nash was scheduled to play Jacksonville White Oak on Sept. 21 before Florence intervened.

The Firebirds (5-0), who will oppose North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-AA champion Wake Forest on Thursday night in Trentini Stadium, sit behind No. 1 Havelock, No. 2 Charlotte Catholic, No. 3 Jacksonville and No. 4 Matthews Weddington in the 3-A rankings.

Weddington jumped one spot from No. 5 to No. 4 following its 31-21 win over previous 3-A No. 4 Monroe Sun Valley.

Havelock remained in the No. 1 position despite not playing due to Florence. Sun Valley was punished by voters for its loss to Weddington, dropping five spots to No. 9.

While no new teams entered the 3-A poll, Winterville South Central (5-0) made its initial appearance in the 4-A rankings. Coming off a 20-18 win over Greenville Rose, the Falcons entered the 4-A poll at No. 10.

Greensboro Page (5-1), despite a 45-0 win over Southern Guilford, dropped out of the poll from the No. 10 spot. The Greensboro News and Record reported that Page recently self-reported two ineligible players in its first three games to the NCHSAA, which would result in the forfeiture of those games once the association issues a ruling.

There were no changes at the top of any poll, with Wake Forest (4-A), Lenoir Hibriten (2-A) and Tarboro (1-A) maintaining their respective spots. Tarboro and Havelock were unanimous No. 1 selections among the nine-member voting panel. Wake Forest and Hibriten collected seven of the nine first-place nods in 4-A and 2-A, respectively. Charlotte Mallard Creek, ranked No. 2 in 4-A, received the other two first-place votes. Reidsville was No. 1 on a pair of 2-A ballots.

New to the 2-A poll was Randleman (5-0) at No. 10, as well as Gates County in 1-A. The Red Barons slid into the No. 10 position in the 1-A ranks.