Firebirds hold steady at No. 8 in AP 3-A poll

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Coming off a 48-10 win over Fike to open the 3-A Big East Conference portion of its schedule, the Southern Nash High varsity football team held its spot at No. 8 in the North Carolina Associated Press 3-A football poll Tuesday.

Southern Nash (6-1), the defending Big East champion, has only lost to 4-A No. 1 and defending North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-AA champion Wake Forest.

No new teams entered the 3-A poll, but there was a flip-flop of the Nos. 5 and 6 positions. Trading positions were Greensboro Dudley (6-1), dropping from No. 5 to No. 6 and Cape Fear (7-1), moving from the No. 6 to the No. 5 spot.

Dudley opened the season as the No. 1 team in 3-A before a 34-6 loss to unranked Southwest Guilford on Sept. 15 drove it back into the middle of the poll.

All top teams maintained their spots as such, with Wake Forest (4-A), Charlotte Catholic (3-A), Belmont South Point (2-A) and Tarboro (1-A) leading each classification.

The 2-A ranks saw one switch with No. 5 Elizabeth City Northeastern (7-0) and No. 6 Reidsville (8-0) exchanging positions. There were no new teams in the 1-A division, but five teams changed spots. Mitchell County’s 30-20 loss to 2-A No. 9 Burnsville Mountain Heritage dropped the Mountaineers (6-1) two spots from No. 4 to No. 6.

Two new faces entered the 4-A poll, with Matthews Butler and Kernersville Glenn tying for the No. 10 position.

Butler (5-1) entered the rankings on the strength of its 28-7 win over No. 9 Myers Park (6-1). Unbeaten Glenn (7-0) thumped Pfafftown Reagan 33-7 to gain entry.