URBANDALE, Iowa -- With each passing week, Mississippi uber power South Panola (Batesville) is looking more and more the part of a National Prep Poll title contender.
The second-ranked Tigers, who have won 136 of their last 139 games, improved to 3-0 this season with a 39-2 blowout of Tennessee power Memphis University. The Owls entered the game with a 28-game winning streak.
No. 3 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) also continues to impress. The Hurricanes followed up a nationally televised preseason rout of then-No. 2 Plant (Tampa) with a 39-16 blowout on the road at regionally ranked Woodland Hills (PIttsburgh).
Either South Panola or Manatee could make a strong case for No. 1 in the Prep Poll next week should top-ranked Trinity (Euless, Texas) slip up. The Trojans play Monday morning against Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) in the opening game of a Kirk Herbstreit Classic quadruple header at Cowboys Stadium.