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Friday’s renewal of the “Function at the Junction” will feature a pair of teams ranked in the top five of their respective classifications in the North Carolina Associated Press high school football poll.
SouthWest Edgecombe High moved up one spot to No. 5 in 2-A following Tuesday afternoon’s release of all four polls covering each of the state’s classifications.
The Cougars (3-0), coming off a 47-0 victory over Bertie, welcome Tarboro (4-0), ranked No. 1 in 1-A and winners of the last two North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-AA championships.
Tarboro, which has beaten the Cougars in each of the last three meetings, has won 34 straight contests.
After receiving votes in last week’s poll, Southern Nash (4-0) did not receive the minimum 10 points to qualify for the “others receiving votes” category this week. Rocky Mount, Southern Nash’s cohort in the Big East Conference, collected 12 points and sits just outside the top 10.
While Reidsville remained at the top of the 2-A poll, it was joined there by Shelby after the Golden Lions amassed 114 points among the 12-member voting panel. Reidsville and Shelby received six first-place votes each.
There were no changes atop the 4-A and 3-A poll, as Charlotte Myers Park and Matthews Weddington each maintained strangleholds on the top spot. Four different teams received a first-place vote in 4-A.
Greensboro Grimsley entered the 4-A poll at No. 10, while Greensboro Dudley and Statesville made first appearances in 3-A. Lawndale Burns ascended into the 2-A rankings at No. 9.