Every Monday during the 2020 football season, SBLive will rank the Top 10 high school football teams in the state of Mississippi, regardless of classification.
Here are the Week 7 SBLive Power 10 rankings (Oct. 19) as compiled by SBLive Sports reporter Tyler Cleveland. (Feature photo by Keith Warren)
SBLIVE POWER 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
Oct. 19, 2020
1. Oak Grove (6-0)
Oak Grove jumps from No. 2 to No. 1 after the Warriors decimated Terry and previous No. 1 Starkville lost to Madison Central. Coach Drew Causey’s squad is averaging 54.4 points a game on offense.
Last week: Defeated Terry 58-14
This week: hosts Brandon (4-4)
2. Warren Central (5-0)
Warren Central was off last week, but move up from No. 6 to No. 2 due to attrition. The undefeated Vikings’ 8-0 win over Madison Central is aging like fine wine after the Jaguars knocked off previously unbeaten Starkville. A win over Clinton this week would set up a massive game on Oct. 30 against the Yellowjackets.
Last week: Bye
This week: hosts Clinton (3-2)
3. Neshoba Central (6-0)
Neshoba Central stays put at No. 3 in our Super 10 poll after a week off. The Rockets will get a real test at home this week when the high-flying Ridgeland Titans come to town.
Last week: Bye
This week: hosts Ridgeland (5-1)
4. Oxford (6-0)
Oxford charges up the poll from No. 7 to No. 4 after dismantling a good Horn Lake team to remain undefeated. The Chargers are getting better with each game, and now hold a tie-breaker over one of the three teams that can catch them in the Region 1-6A standings. The next three weeks will be make-or-break.
Last week: Defeated Horn Lake 50-27
This week: hosts Olive Branch (4-3)
5. D’Iberville (6-0)
The Warriors stay put at No. 5 after overwhelming Hancock. The Warriors have been a model of consistency this season, but their biggest test is still set for Oct. 30 at Harrison Central.
Last week: Defeated Hancock 34-14
This week: at Gulfport (1-6)
6. Starkville (6-1)
The Jackets tumbled out of the top spot for the first time this season after a stunning 15-9 loss to Madison Central. They are still in decent shape in Region 2-6A, tied for first with three games to go, but now need someone to knock off the Jaguars to capture the top playoff seed.
Last week: Lost to Madison Central 15-9
This week: Bye
7. Picayune (7-0)
The Maroon Tide moves up one spot in the rankings after taking care of business against Long Beach.
Last week: Defeated Long Beach 42-13
This week: at Pearl River Central (3-4)
8. Madison Central (6-2)
The Jags are back in the Power 10 one week after dropping out for the first time all season. Beating No. 1 tends to get you back in the conversation. MC finds itself in a three-way tie with Clinton and South Panola for second in Region 2-6A. They already hold the tie-breaker over the Arrows and will face the Tigers in Batesville this weekend.
Last week: Defeated Starkville 15-9
This week: at South Panola (4-2)
9. Northwest Rankin (6-1)
The Cougars make their Power 10 debut this week after coming from behind to beat Petal. Coach Toby Collums has quietly put NWR in a great position. If they take care of business against their Rankin County brethren, Pearl and Brandon, the Cougars will likely get a shot at Oak Grove on Nov. 6 with the Region 3 title on the line.
Last week: Defeated Petal 31-30
This week: at Pearl (2-5)
10. Lake Cormorant (5-1)
The Gators avoided the let-down one week after knocking off West Point and took care of business against Columbus. Now, they find themselves in a four-way tie for first place with a huge game against Grenada looming this weekend.
Last week: Defeated Columbus 28-0
This week: hosts Grenada (4-2)
No. 4 West Jones (4-1) – lost to Laurel 19-13
No. 10 West Point (4-3) – lost at Grenada 28-21