Unbeaten Tide ranked high

Published 1:18 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The wins keep coming and so do the accolades for Picayune mid-way through the prep football season.

Picayune knocked off McComb 49-6 to open region play last week and move to 4-0  overall.

The Maroon Tide remained ranked high in all of the statewide polls as well after the win.

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In the AP Poll, which is divided into classifications, Picayune remained second, just behind West Jones, in the Class 5A Poll. Picayune got three first place votes. 16 voters particpated in the poll this week.

In the Super 10 Poll, as conducted by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger which encompasses all classifications, the Maroon Tide also remained steady from last week in the sixth spot.

Also, in the Clarion-Ledger’s Class 5A Poll, Picayune remained second as well.

In the Top 25 poll compiled by Mississippi Public Broadcasting which encompasses all classifications, Picayune stayed fifth. It was the first time in three weeks that the Maroon Tide didn’t move up a notch in that poll.

In the MPB Poll, Defending 6A champion South Panola (5-0) was again ranked No. 1, and received 20 of 21 first-place votes. No. 2 Meridian got the other first-place vote.

Madison Central was again No. 3, with West Jones, Picayune, Gulfport, Lafayette County, Southaven, Wayne County and West Point rounding out the top 10.

Natchez is No. 11, followed by Noxubee County, Ridgeland, Tupelo, Jackson Callaway, Jackson Prep, Taylorsville, Ocean Springs, Starkville, Moss Point, Jackson Academy, Biloxi, New Albany, Bassfield and Northwest Rankin.

Petal, No. 16 last week, was the only team to fall out of the top 25. Unbeaten Vancleave and George County, which is coached by former Picayune assistant coach Al Jones, also received votes.

Picayune travels to Forest Hill in South Jackson Friday to resume Region 3-5A play as well as the Tide will be searching for a 5-0 start.