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Firebirds win big but dip to No. 8 in 3-A poll

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Despite another big win, Southern Nash was punished by voters in this week’s Associated Press high school football rankings for North Carolina as the Firebirds dropped from No. 7 to eighth in the 3-A poll.

Southern Nash (4-0) clobbered West Johnston 67-14 for its fourth straight runaway victory. However, Kings Mountain (3-0), a 48-19 victor over Waxhaw Cuthbertson, swapped places with Southern Nash, moving from eighth to seventh.

This is the 21st consecutive time that Southern Nash has been ranked in the AP poll, dating to Sept. 13, 2016.

The top three in the 3-A rankings remained the same with No. 1 Havelock (4-0) receiving all nine first-place votes, followed by Charlotte Catholic (3-1) and idle Jacksonville (3-0). Charlotte Christian, the reigning North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A champion, made its poll debut at No. 10.

The other polls didn’t change at the top as 4-A Wake Forest, 2-A Lenoir Hibriten and 1-A Tarboro held onto No. 1. Southern Nash was scheduled to play at Wake Forest this week but that game was moved to Thursday, Sept. 27, due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence.