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Despite loss, Firebirds move up a spot to No. 8 in AP 3-A poll

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Despite a 35-0 loss to defending state 4-AA champion Wake Forest, Southern Nash was not penalized by voters in this week’s Associated Press high school football poll. The Firebirds, even with their first loss in five games, rose a spot to No. 8 in the 3-A poll.

The Firebirds were helped by three teams — No. 4 Weddington, No. 5 Winston-Salem Mount Tabor and No. 7 Eastern Guilford — also losing Friday. Weddington dropped to ninth, Mount Tabor fell to 10th and Eastern Guilford exited the rankings. Fayetteville Cape Fear entered the poll at No. 7.

Greensboro Dudley remained No. 1 in 3-A while the other three classifications, including Wake Forest in the 4-A rankings, also saw no changes at the top of their respective polls. Shelby remained No. 1 in 2-A while Tarboro, after a 28-0 defeat of county rival SouthWest Edgecombe, continued to lead the 1-A poll.

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