- Cullman, Alabama

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October 9, 2012

PREP FOOTBALL: Cullman holds down 10th spot for 3rd straight week

Fairview actually drops one point with win

CULLMAN — When Lineville and Clay County merged to become Central of Clay County for this school year, the two schools tried to bring the best of the old into the new.

The new school will attempt to exorcise some of the old in Roanoke on Friday night when Central – ranked No. 2 in Class 4A in this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association’s high school football poll – tries to snap a collective eight-game losing streak against the No. 5 Tigers.

Handley, the returning Class 3A state champion, owned a three-game winning streak against Clay County  -- with two wins last season including a 3A semifinal victory. The Tigers had also won their last five games  and seven of the last 10 against Lineville. According the Alabama High School Football Historical Society (, Handley held a collective 53-32-3 advantage over the two schools.

It’s not the only meeting of top five schools as Class 2A No. 2 Washington County looks to break a three-game losing streak against No. 4 Sweet Water. The host Bulldogs have won eight of the nine meetings in the series, dating back to the 1940s, but the two schools haven’t met since 2003.

All seven of the top-ranked teams remained the same this week with 6A Hoover, 5A Muscle Shoals, 4A Oneonta, 3A Piedmont, 2A Tanner, 1A Marion County and the AISA’s Edgewood Academy.

Only two other games in the state involve ranked teams playing each other – Class 6A No. 8 Auburn at No. 9 Central-Phenix City and Class 1A No. 9 Spring Garden is at No. 10 Collinsville.

A 21-20 overtime win on the road against previously 4-1 Russellville didn’t help Cullman any in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s weekly poll, which was released late Tuesday night.

The 5-1 Bearcats remained at No. 10 in Class 5A for the third straight week. They are one spot behind Hartselle, which has dropped from first to fourth to ninth after consecutive losses to 6A Decatur and top-ranked Muscle Shoals.

Fairview is still unranked after improving to 5-1 with a come-from-behind 30-16 win versus St. Clair County. In fact, the Aggies actually received one less point (seven) from the voters than they did in the Week 5 rankings (eight).

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