Idle Firebirds move up 2 spots in AP poll

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For Southern Nash, doing nothing is better than winning — at least in the minds of the voters in The Associated Press high school football rankings for North Carolina.

The Firebirds, who had their game at Wake Forest last Friday postponed due to Hurricane Florence, moved up two spots to No. 6 in this week’s 3-A poll. In last week’s poll, Southern Nash, now 4-0, dropped from seventh to eighth despite beating West Johnston 67-14. The Firebirds’ ascension this week was due to a pair of higher-rated teams losing as Shelby Crest, fifth last week, fell to then No. 6 Weddington, which moved up to fifth. Also, last week’s No. 7, Kings Mountain, was beaten by unranked 2-A Shelby and dropped to 10th.

The top four teams, including No. 1 Havelock (4-0), remained unchanged with Charlotte Catholic (3-1), Jacksonville (3-0) and Monroe Sun Valley (4-0). Havelock and Jacksonville didn’t play last week and, like Southern Nash, won’t play this week as eastern North Carolina recovers from the hurricane.

Gastonia Hunter Huss (4-0) is the lone newcomer to the 3-A poll, debuting at No. 9. East Rutherford, No. 9 in the 2-A rankings, is the only other team in the poll that was not ranked last week.

The other three classifications showed no change at the top of their respective polls with 4-A Wake Forest (4-0), 2-A Lenoir Hibriten (4-0) and 1-A Tarboro (4-0) holding onto No. 1.