That is the case in The Associated Press state prep poll this week, with the Rome High Wolves moving up a notch in the Class AAAA top 10 thanks to a loss suffered by Marist.
While the 2-0 Wolves had last week off, Marist was handed a 27-14 defeat by Tucker which in turn moves Rome to the No. 4 spot previously held by Marist, which fell to No. 7.
“One thing about polls is that serves as great motivators for the team you play,” Rome coach David Humphreys said as his team gets ready for its 7-AAAA opener Friday against Ringgold. “(Being ranked) makes you a bigger target.
“I’m sure it we will be posted on Ringgold’s bulletin board,” he said. “Those are the things you use to motivate your team.”
Calhoun’s Yellow Jackets, now 2-0 after a 42-0 win over Model last week, moved up one spot in the Class AA list to No. 6. The Jackets have a tough 6-AA road trip Friday at Darlington.
The Cedartown Bulldogs (2-1), who host rival Pepperell in a Region 6-AAA clash Friday, kept their No. 4 position in the Class AAA rankings.
Chattooga, Darlington and Adairsville all received votes in the Class AA poll but did not break into the top 10, as did Trion in the Class A poll