Baldwyn ranked No. 1 in new AP Class 2A poll

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BALDWYN | After an opening game loss to Kossuth, Baldwyn’s football team has been dominant on the field in every game.

Now, that domination has been noticed statewide as the latest Associated Press poll, released Wednesday, has the Bearcats ranked as the number one team in Class 2A. It’s the first time in a long time Baldwyn has held the honor, possibly dating back to the team’s championship win in 2008.

In the poll released Wednesday, Baldwyn (5-1, 1-0) edged ahead of Scott Central (4-2) with 72 votes overall and four first-place votes. Scott Central had held the top spot since Week One but suffered its second loss of the season last week.

Baldwyn had been ranked third in Class 2A until the Bearcats went on the road in Week Four and dominated East Webster. That win propelled Baldwyn past Leflore into the Number Two spot.

Following Baldwyn and Scott Central in the latest poll are Leflore (3), Bogue Chitto (4), and Puckett (5). Others receiving votes included Charleston, East Webster, Northside, Kemper County, Mize, Velma Jackson, and Calhoun City.

Through the first six games of the season, Baldwyn’s offense is averaging 40.2 points per game while its defense is giving up just 12.3 points per game. Baldwyn opened 1-2A play with a 49-6 road win against Walnut last week and hosts Myrtle on Thursday night. See the game story in this week’s edition of The Baldwyn News.