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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What you’ll find in today’s EAGLE, plus one man’s prep poll

The last 24 hours have been quite busy for the Ole Miss football program. Instead of focusing solely on the season-opener against Jacksonville State, the Rebels were dealt the news yesterday that quarterback transfer Jeremiah Masoli’s waiver was denied by the NCAA. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Rebels will also be without senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett in the season opener because of a heart issue.Also in today’s EAGLE:
SEC PREVIEW: Spurrier wants more from his Gamecocks
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Oxford, Lafayette split rivalry games
PREP VOLLEYBALL: 3-0 win not enough for Lady Commodores

ONE MAN’S RANKINGS: Yesterday the Associated Press released its first Mississippi Prep Poll. Of the area teams, Lafayette was ranked first in Class 4A, while Oxford and Water Valley both received votes in their respective classifications. Below is the complete poll, Class 6A through the Private Schools Poll. My poll is also included below. Feel free to rip it apart.

Here are Mississippi’s top high school football teams in each class as selected by a panel of Associated Press state sports writers.

Class 6A

School                         W-L        Pts
1. South Panola (15)    (2-0)        150
2. Meridian                   (2-0)        124
3. Madison Central     (2-0)        114
4. Ocean Springs         (2-0)        53
5. Gulfport                    (2-0)        46
Others receiving votes: Southaven 42, Petal 27, Natchez 14, Starkville 6, Hancock 6, Oak Grove 6, Pascagoula 6, Olive Branch 6,

Class 5A

School                    W-L        Pts
1. West Point (11)    (2-0)        146
2. West Jones (2)    (1-0)        118
3. Picayune (1)         (1-0)        93
4. Wayne County    (1-1)        56
5. Ridgeland            (2-0)        42
Others receiving votes: McComb 38, Oxford 34, Moss Point 27, Brookhaven 19, Neshoba Central 12, Callaway 8, Lake Cormorant 7.

Class 4A

School                    W-L        Pts
1. Lafayette (11)    (2-0)        155
2. Noxubee Co. (5) (2-0)        145
3. Purvis                   (2-0)        76
4. New Albany        (2-0)        54
5. Quitman              (2-0)        47
Others receiving votes: St. Stanislaus 22, Forrest Co. AHS 21, Shannon 17, Kosciusko 15, North Pontotoc 14, Northeast Lauderdale 14, North Pike 14, Pontotoc 12, Northeast Jones 8, Itawamba 7, Lawrence County 7, Greene County 6, Port Gibson 6.

Class 3A

School                       W-L        Pts
1. Forest (7)                (2-0)        130
2. Philadelphia (5)    (2-0)        125
3. Aberdeen (1)          (1-1)        84
(tie) Charleston         (1-1)        84
5. Tylertown (1)        (0-2)        43
Others receiving votes: Winona 35, Raleigh 33, Franklin Co. 30, Water Valley 29, Hazlehurst 14, McLaurin 12, East Side 9, Choctaw Central 6, Belmont 6.

Class 2A

School                      W-L        Pts
1. Taylorsville (13)    (2-0)        148
2. Puckett                   (2-0)        119
3. Bassfield (1)           (1-1)        91
4. North Forrest       (2-0)        71
5. Calhoun City         (2-0)        64
Others receiving votes: Eupora 43, Lumberton 27, East Webster 23, West Bolivar 21, Ackerman 13, Pisgah 13, Hatley 7.

Class 1A

School                     W-L        Pts
1. Durant (13)            (2-0)        148
2. Mount Olive (1)    (0-1)        112
3. Vardaman (1)       (2-0)        95
4. Smithville              (1-1)        56
5. Bogue Chitto (1)  (2-0)        43
Others receiving votes: Okolona 27, Sebastopol 26, Cathedral 23, Nanih Waiya 23, French Camp 20, McAdams 17, Biggersville 16, Noxapater 15, Ray Brooks 7, South Leake 6, Weir 6.

Class Private Schools

School                                    W-L        Pts
1. Jackson Aca. (13)                (2-0)        147
2. Jackson Prep (2)                (2-0)        135
3. Brookhaven Aca.                (2-0)        92
4. Madison-Ridgeland Aca.  (1-1)    72
5. Simpson Aca.                      (2-0)        40
Others receiving votes: Pillow Aca. 35, Trinity Episcopal 19, Presbyterian Christian 19, Washington School 15, Parklane Aca. 7, Porter’s Chapel Aca. 7, Lamar School 6, Winston Aca. 6,

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All Associated Press members in Mississippi are eligible to participate in the high school football poll. Those who voted for this week’s poll are: Daily Leader, Brookhaven; The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus; Hattiesburg American, Hattiesburg; The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson; Laurel Leader-Call, Laurel; The Meridian Star, Meridian; The Natchez Democrat, Natchez; The Oxford Eagle, Oxford; Picayune Item, Picayune; Starkville Daily News, Starkville; Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo; The Vicksburg Post, Vicksburg; The Commercial Appeal, Desoto; WLIN-FM, Kosciusko; WQYZ-FM, Biloxi; WTNI-AM, Gulfport.

Patrick Ochs’ AP Prep Poll

Class 6A

1. South Panola
2. Meridian
3. Madison Central
4. Southaven
5. Natchez

Class 5A

1. West Point
2. West Jones
3. Picayune
4. Wayne County
5. Oxford

Class 4A

1. Lafayette
2. Noxubee County
3. New Albany
4. Itawamba
5. Purvis

Class 3A

1. Philadelphia
2. Aberdeen
3. Forest
4. Charleston
5. Water Valley

Class 2A

1. Taylorsville
2. Puckett
3. Lumberton
4. Bassfield
5. West Boliver

Class 1A

1. Durant
2. Mount Olive
3. Smithville
4. Vardaman
5. Sebastopol

Class Private Schools

1. Jackson Aca.
2. Madison-Ridgeland Aca.
3. Jackson Prep
4. Pillow Aca.
5. Brookhaven Aca.

FOR WHOM BELL TOLD: I was able to catch up with Ole Miss offensive lineman commitment Justin Bell last night for a feature that will run in Friday’s GAMEDAY Football Tab. Here’s a few quotes from the 6-foot-3, 320-pound interior lineman:

Why Ole Miss? My family supports them. They’re great people there with great facilities and I like the field there, so why not. You’ve never been to an Ole Miss game, planning on making a trip this season to Oxford? I’ll be up there when they play Jacksonville State.
What do you think about the coaches? I like Coach (Mike) Markusson. He reminds me of my high school coaches that I’ve had in the past. He’ll joke around with you, but when it’s time to work you have to get after it.
Have you looked at the depth chart? I was, but at the same time I was looking at what they were recruiting me for. I know they don’t have any seniors, but at the same time I feel like I can come up there and compete.

Bell said the Ole Miss staff is looking at him to play either center or guard, which shouldn’t be a problem since he has played both in high school. To read the complete article be sure to pick up a copy of Friday’s GAMEDAY.

 (September 1, 2010)

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