MOUNTAIN TOP SPORTS: Golden Eagles back at No. 1

Just one week after being knocked from the No. 1 ranking in the Mountain Top Sports Super 7 football poll, the Johnson Central Golden Eagles have returned to the top spot this week.

Coach Jim Matney’s team defeated Clay County last Friday night and improved to 6-0 this season.

Johnson Central is one of only three remaining undefeated area teams – Pikeville (6-0) and Man (6-0) follow the Golden Eagles at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.

Belfry, now 4-2, has closed the gap on the Hillbillies and are ranked fourth. The Pirates are followed by Martin County, now 5-1. The Cardinals last won five or more games in 2010.

Rounding out this week’s poll are Paintsville (4-2) at No. 6, followed by Pike County Central. The Hawks are 5-1.

Shelby Valley, now 5-2, is just outside the rankings.

MTS Super 7

  1. Johnson Central (6-0) Next up: at Perry Central, Oct. 11
  2. Pikeville (6-0) Next up: vs. Phelps, Oct. 11
  3. Man (6-0) Next up: vs. Wyoming East, Oct. 18
  4. Belfry (4-2) Next up: vs. Lawrence County, Oct. 18
  5. Martin County (5-1) vs. Shelby Valley, Oct. 11
  6. Paintsville (4-2) at Fairview, Oct. 11
  7. Pike Central (5-1) vs. Lawrence County, Oct. 11

Receiving votes: Shelby Valley (5-2).