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.
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.