As expected, Houston County moved into GHSA Class AAAAA's No. 2 spot in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association poll.
Ware County lost 14-7 to unranked Glynn Academy, dropping the Gators from No. 2 to No. 8, so the Bears, who again got two first-place votes, moved into second behind neighbor and Region 2-AAAAA rival Northside.
The Eagles earned 137 points, 14 more than the Bears.
Jones County, which hosts Houston County on Friday night, moved up one to No. 6.
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West Laurens fell out of the Class AAAA poll after losing to Veterans, and Macon County dropped out in Class AA after beating Monticello only 16-10.
Westside returned to the rankings in Class AAA at No. 10.
Peach County and Dodge County stayed put in Class AAA at Nos. 6 and 8, and Fitzgerald at No. 2 in Class AA.