By Gary Lloyd
The Cougars are starting high.
Clay-Chalkville is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association, behind just defending state champion Hoover.
Hoover received all 34 first-place votes in the Class 6A poll.
Clay-Chalkville fell 44-20 in the Class 6A semifinals at Hoover last season.
Rounding out the top 10, in order, are McGill-Toolen, Auburn, Opelika, Mountain Brook, Tuscaloosa County, Florence, Davidson and Carver-Montgomery.
Hewitt-Trussville did not receive any votes for consideration in Class 6A, neither did Pinson Valley in Class 5A.
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