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September 9, 2013The powerful Ensworth Tigers remain the No. 1 team in TNVarsity.com All-classification Top 25 poll leading into Week 3.
Ensworth took last Friday night off after defeating Chattanooga Brainerd 55-13 on Aug. 30.
Running back D'Andre Ferby helped the Tigers run to a 48-0 halftime advantage over out-manned Brainerd.
The 6-2, 220-pounder had 106 yards rushing and scored three TDs for the evening.
The three-time defending Division II-AA state champions had kicked off the 2014 season by traveling to Louisville. KY. and defeating the USA Today No. 2 team in the nation, Trinity 27-26.
The Tigers are a heavy favorite to go to 3-0 on the season when they host Pope John Paul II Friday.
No. 2 Murfreesboro Oakland (3-0) defeated Siegel 35-25 Friday.
It was the second straight week that Oakland has taken on one of the state's better programs as the Patriots defeated White Station 22-8 the week before.
Coach Rodney Saulsberry and his defending 6A state champion Whitehaven squad extended its winning streak to 18 games with a 27-19 victory over White Station last Friday. This comes a week after pounding Fairley 63-8.
The No. 3-ranked Tigers have won 30 of their last 31 games and travel to Memphis Central on Friday.
Maryville, the team that Whitehaven defeated for the 2012 6A state championship, defeated Knoxville West 42-20.
The Rebels are again off to a 3-0 start after hammering cross-county rival Alcoa surprisingly easy 31-2 back on Aug. 30.
Head coach George Quarles' No. 4-ranked team has now defeated Alcoa three consecutive times. Maryville is off this week before hosting Hardin Valley on Sept. 20.
No. 5 Fulton (3-0) is a juggernaut that has destroyed all competition this season. The high-flying Falcons took another step toward the top by defeating Austin-East 63-0.
In three games, Fulton has outscored opponents 161-0. The victories include a 52-0 win over 6A Bearden.
No. 6 McCallie has been the surprise of those ranked in the Top 10. The Blue Tornado of Coach Ralph Potter ran by previously undefeated Pope John Paul II 48-7 Friday. This comes a week after McCallie dismantled McMinn County 41-6.
No. 7 Montgomery Bell Academy knocked off Baylor 28-14 Friday. MBA will travel to Pearl Cohn on Thursday.
No. 8 Blackman had very little trouble handling Riverdale 35-0.
No. 9 East Hamilton got in a scoring battle with much-improved Walker Valley Friday before prevailing 56-35. The Hurricanes will try to protect their ranking at Riverdale this Friday.
No. 10 Independence pounded Summit 56-7 and hosts Beech Friday.
The TNVarsity.com All-classification Top 25 poll was created by your Tennessee preps Rivals.com site and is presented each week during the fall through the state championship games.
Here's a look at the Week III poll:
1. Ensworth (3-0)
2. Oakland (3-0)
3. Whitehaven (3-0)
4. Maryville (3-0)
5. Fulton (3-0)
6. McCallie (3-0)
7. MBA (3-0)
8. Blackman (3-0)
9. East Hamilton (3-0)
10. Independence (3-0)
11. Henry County (3-0)
12. Sevier County (3-0)
13. Greeneville (3-0)
14. Science Hill (3-0)
15. Knoxville Catholic (3-0)
16. Brentwood Academy (2-1)
17. Baylor (2-1)
18. Columbia (3-0)
19. Signal Mountain (2-1)
20. CPA (3-0)
21. Mt. Juliet
22. Cleveland (2-1)
23. Alcoa (1-1)
24. Knoxville West (1-1)
25. Polk County (2-0)