Perhaps absence does make the heart grow fonder, or at least it helps a football team move up in the polls.
Having a bye week after suffering its first loss of the season, Manning High School moved from ninth into a tie for sixth in the 3A poll of the S.C. Prep Medial Football Poll released on Tuesday.
Sumter is No. 7 in the 5A poll after being tied for sixth place last week, while Lee Central held steady at No. 6 in the 2A poll.
Manning, which lost to Hanahan 34-28 in its Region VII opener on Sept. 29, is tied for sixth with Timberland. It is highly unlikely they will be tied for sixth in next week's poll since they face off against each other on Friday at Ramsey Stadium in Manning.
The Monarchs are 6-1 on the season, while Timberland is 4-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.
Lee Central has a massive region showdown against another ranked team this week as well. The Stallions, who are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in Region IV after a 14-12 win over Central, play host to No. 4 Cheraw in Bishopville.
The Braves are also 7-1 overall, but 4-0 in region play. A victory will give Cheraw the outright region title. An LC victory would put it in a great position to win the region.
Sumter was tied with Spartanburg for sixth in last week's poll. However, the 5-2 Vikings earned more points this week despite a bye week, while the Gamecocks improved to 6-1 with a 44-6 victory over West Florence.
Scott's Branch was the only other local team to get votes this week, that coming in the 1A poll after beating previous No. 10 team Bethune-Bowman 18-12.
Conway, which Sumter plays host to next week with the Region VI title likely on the line, held at No. 8.
Hartsville held steady at No. 3 in the 4A poll after beating Region VI foe Lakewood 41-18 after initially falling behind 12-0.
Chesterfield, a region foe of Cheraw and Lee Central, moved back into the poll at No. 10.
Lake View moved up a spot in the 1A poll to No. 3 after beating Region VI foe East Clarendon 30-6 last week. Another Region VI team, Hemingway is ranked second.
While Region V teams Scott's Branch, Bethune-Bowman and Cross all got votes, C.E. Murray is the only region team ranked, coming in at No. 7.
The No. 1 teams remained the same in each of the five classifications, Fort Dorchester in 5A, South Pointe in 4A, Chapman in 3A, Abbeville in 2A and Lamar in 1A.
Fort Dorchester, South Pointe and Lamar were unanimous picks. Lamar joined the other two after beating Lewisville, which had been receiving first-place votes, 30-6.
Chapman received 13 of the 14 first-place votes in 3A, while Abbeville got nine No. 1 votes in 2A and Barnwell five.