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No change for Firebirds, Cougars in AP rankings

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Southern Nash and SouthWest Edgecombe held firm in their respective positions following the release of the latest Associated Press North Carolina high school football polls Tuesday afternoon.

The Firebirds (7-0), tested in a 36-20 victory at Fike to open the 3-A Big East Conference portion of the schedule Friday, remained in the No. 7 position in the opinion of the 11 participating voters. In 2-A, SouthWest Edgecombe (6-1), coming off a 44-13 win at North Pitt to open Eastern Plains Conference play, did not budge from the No. 6 spot in the 2-A poll.

Three of the four No. 1 spots remained the same, with the exception of Charlotte Mallard Creek (6-0) moving into the top spot in 4-A. Despite garnering three first-place votes, the Mavericks usurped former No. 1 Charlotte Myers Park (7-0), the recipient of six first-place nods.

Tarboro (1-A), Shelby (2-A) and Weddington (3-A) maintained grips on the top spot in their respective classifications.

Four teams joined the polls, with No. 9 Hertford County entering for the first time in the 2-A ranks. No. 10 Greensboro Grimsley in 4-A, Wilmington New Hanover in 3-A and Clinton in 2-A made returns after previous evictions.