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Jim West Posts:2029
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1A Smoky Mountain

1.  Murphy

2.  Swain

3.  Cherokee

4.  Robbinsville

5.  Rosman

6.  Hayesville

7.  Andrews

 

1A/2A Western Highlands

1.  Mountain Heritage (2A)

2.  Mitchell (1A)

3.  Polk (1A)

4.  Owen (2A)

5.  Avery (1A)

6.  Madison (2A)

 

1A/2A Mountain Valley

1.  Wilkes Central (2A)

2.  East Wilkes (1A)

3.  Ashe County (2A)

4.  West Wilkes (2A)

5.  Elkin (1A)

6.  Starmount (1A)

7.  North Wilkes (2A)

8.  Alleghany (1A)

 

1A South Piedmont

1.  Mountain Island Charter

2.  Bessemer City

3.  Thomas Jefferson

4.  Union Academy

5.  Cherryville

6.  Community School of Davidson

7.  Pine Lake Prep

8.  Highlands

 

1A Northwest

1.  Mount Airy

2.  East Surry

3.  Bishop McGuinness

4.  South Stokes

5.  Winston-Salem Prep

6.  North Stokes

 

1A Yadkin Valley

1.  North Stanly

2.  North Rowan

3.  West Montgomery

4.  Albemarle

5.  North Moore

6.  South Stanly

7.  South Davidson

8.  Chatham Central

 

1A/2A Northern Carolina

1.  Roanoke Rapids (2A)

2.  South Granville (2A)

3.  Vance County (2A)

4.  Bunn (2A)

5.  Warren County (2A)

6.  Granville Central (1A)

7.  Webb (2A)

8.  Louisburg (1A)

 

1A Tar-Roanoke

1.  Northampton County

2.  SE Halifax

3.  North Edgecombe

4.  KIPP Pride

5.  Weldon

6.  Rocky Mount Prep

7.  Northwest Halifax

 

1A Coastal Plains

1.  Tarboro

2.  Riverside-Martin

3.  Southside

4.  Pamlico County

5.  South Creek

6.  Northside

7.  Jones Senior

 

1A Atlantic 5

1.  Columbia

2.  Bear Grass Charter

 

1A Albemarle

1.  Holmes

2.  Manteo

3.  Washington County

4.  Gates County

5.  Camden County

6.  Perquimans

 

1A/2A Coastal 8:

1.  Southwest Onslow (2A)

2.  Richlands (2A)

3.  Trask (2A)

4.  East Carteret (1A)

5.  Croatan (2A)

6.  Pender (1A)

7.  Dixon (2A)

8.  Lejeune (1A)

 

1A/2A Three Rivers

1.  South Columbus (2A)

2.  Red Springs (2A)

3.  Whiteville (2A)

4.  East Bladen (2A)

5.  Saint Pauls (2A)

6.  Fairmont (2A)

7.  South Robeson (1A)

8.  West Bladen (2A)

9.  East Columbus (1A)

10.  West Columbus (1A)

 

1A Carolina Conference

1.  Princeton

2.  North Duplin

3.  Lakewood

4.  Hobbton

5.  Rosewood

6.  Union

 

2A Mountain Six

1.  Hendersonville

2.  Pisgah

3.  Franklin

4.  Brevard

5.  East Henderson

6.  Smoky Mountain

 

2A Western Piedmont

1.  West Stokes

2.  North Surry

3.  Carver

4.  Atkins

5.  Surry Central

6.  Forbush

7.  Walkertown

 

2A Southwestern

1.  Shelby

2.  South Point

3.  East Rutherford

4.  R-S Central

5.  Chase

6.  East Gaston

 

2A Northwestern Foothills

1.  Hibriten

2.  Fred T. Foard

3.  Patton

4.  Bunker Hill

5.  Draughn

6.  West Iredell

7.  East Burke

 

2A South Fork

1.  East Lincoln

2.  Maiden

3.  Lincolnton

4.  West Lincoln

5.  Bandys

6.  Newton-Conover

7.  North Lincoln

8.  Lake Norman Charter

 

2A Rocky River

1.  Mount Pleasant

2.  Anson

3.  Forest Hills

4.  East Montgomery

5.  West Stanly

 

2A Central Carolina

1.  North Davidson

2.  Ledford

3.  Salisbury

4.  Thomasville

5.  Lexington

6.  East Davidson

7.  Oak Grove

8.  South Rowan

9.  Central Davidson

10.  West Davidson

 

2A Piedmont Athletic 7:

 

1.  Randleman

2.  Eastern Randolph

3.  Wheatmore

4.  Trinity

5.  Providence Grove

6.  T.W. Andrews

7.  Jordan-Matthews

 

2A Mid-State:

1.  Reidsville

2.  Carrboro

3.  Graham

4.  Cummings

5.  Bartlett Yancey

 

2A Northeast Coastal

1.  Northeastern

2.  First Flight

3.  Bertie

4.  Hertford County

5.  Currituck

6.  Pasquotank

 

2A Eastern Plains

1.  Beddingfield

2.  SouthWest Edgecombe

3.  Nash Central

4.  Farmville Central

5.  North Johnston

6.  North Pitt

 

2A Eastern Carolina

1.  West Craven

2.  Ayden-Grifton

3.  Greene Central

4.  Kinston

5.  North Lenoir

6.  Washington

7.  South Lenoir

 

2A East Central

1.  Wallace-Rose Hill

2.  East Duplin

3.  Goldsboro

4.  Clinton

5.  James Kenan

6.  Midway

7.  Spring Creek

 

Preseason Playoff projections:

1A East

(1) Northampton County bye

(9) South Creek at (8) Pamlico County

(4) North Duplin bye

(12) Rosewood at (5) Southeast Halifax

(3) Columbia bye

(11) Northside at (6) Southside

(2) South Robeson bye

(10) North Edgecombe at (7) Washington County

 

1A West

(1) Murphy bye

(9) Elkin at (8) Albemarle

(4) Thomas Jefferson bye

(12) South Stokes at (5) Cherokee

(3) Mountain Island Charter bye

(11) Bishop McGuinness at (6) Robbinsville

(2) Mitchell bye

(10) Rosman at (7) Union Academy

 

1AA East

(1) Tarboro bye

(9) Hobbton at (8) Lakewood

(4) East Carteret bye

(12) Pender at (5) Princeton

(3) Granville Central bye

(10) Gates County at (7) Manteo

(2) Holmes bye

(11) North Moore at (6) Riverside-Martin

 

1AA West

(1) Mount Airy bye

(9) West Montgomery at (8) Polk

(4) Bessemer City bye

(12) Cherryville at (5) Swain

(3) East Wilkes bye

(10) Starmount at (7) East Surry

(2) North Stanly bye

(11) South Stanly at (6) North Rowan

 

2A East

(16) Trask at (1) Wallace Rose Hill

(9) Clinton at (8) Greene Central

(13) Hertford County at (4) Southwest Onslow

(12) Kinston at (5) First Flight

(14) Farmville Central at (3) Beddingfield

(11) Bertie at (6) Ayden-Grifton

(15) Warren County at (2) Northeastern

(10) East Bladen at (7) Goldsboro

 

2A West 

(16) Lexington at (1) Reidsville

(9) East Rutherford at (8) Salisbury

(13) Brevard at (4) Mountain Heritage

(12) Wheatmore at (5) Eastern Randolph

(14) Thomasville at (3) Hendersonville

(11) Whiteville at (6) Red Springs

(15) West Lincoln at (2) South Columbus

(10) Lincolnton at (7) Carrboro

 

2AA East

(16) North Lenoir at (1) North Davidson

(9) SouthWest Edgecombe at (8) South Granville

(13) Nash Central at (4) West Craven

(12) Vance County at (5) West Stokes

(14) Bunn at (3) Roanoke Rapids

(11) Anson at (6) Ledford

(15) Saint Pauls at (2) Randleman

(10) Richlands at (7) East Duplin

 

2AA West

(16) Ashe County at (1) Hibriten

(9) Fred T. Foard at (8) Pisgah

(13) Patton at (4) Wilkes Central

(12) Bandys at (5) East Lincoln

(14) East Henderson at (3) Mount Pleasant

(11) Franklin at (6) South Point

(15) Forest Hills at (2) Shelby

(10) North Surry at (7) Maiden

Patrick Posts:202 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/06/2018 2:08 PM 0
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Wowwww Albemarle athletic conference I agree with on first place but the order in my opinion it goes

1. Holmes
2. Washington county
3. Gates county
4. Maneto
5. Perquimans
6. Camden
Jim West Posts:2029
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08/06/2018 2:44 PM 0
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Washington County is having some depth issues. Our CV correspondent, Daniel Burleson, reported a total of 25 kids with only 3 from Creswell. I like what I am hearing from Manteo. I am not sold on Gates...might be a bit smaller than in prior years.
Patrick Posts:202 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/06/2018 3:14 PM 0
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Oh woww that's not a good amount of kids ot all idk I could see maneto having a let down from last year we'll see obviously this is all preseason talk
Patrick Posts:202 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/06/2018 3:22 PM 0
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Like 25 kids total for the whole team o. Washington county???
Jim West Posts:2029
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08/06/2018 4:43 PM 0
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You are correct. A total of 25 kids for the entire program, 9th through 12th grade. Right now I'm not very high on Washington and that is in despite of the fact that Robert Cody, who might be the best 1A coach in the state, being their head coach. I think the world of Coach Cody...and as such, you will understand why I feel a lot of remorse for having Washington County ranked 3rd in this conference.
Vik-Val 86 Posts:124 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/06/2018 5:16 PM 0
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Seem like teams are down this year on number of players. I even read about a coach talking about that. Jim are you seeing the same thing about teams being down with number of players.
Patrick Posts:202 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/06/2018 6:40 PM 0
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Woww shocking number to hear from the Plymouth area maybe Manteo will have an ups on Washington county just based on numbers solely as far as my other conference 2A Northeastern coastal you already Kno Jim it's us Northeastern and the rest will be chasing

I have it
1. Northeastern
2. Hertford County
3. First flight
4. Bertie
5. Currituck
6. Pasqutank
Jim West Posts:2029
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08/07/2018 2:32 PM 0
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Posted By Vik-Val 86 on 08/06/2018 5:16 PM
Seem like teams are down this year on number of players. I even read about a coach talking about that. Jim are you seeing the same thing about teams being down with number of players.

 

I am seeing a larger disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots".  Some programs are showing great numbers while other programs are dropping j.v. squads and are barely having enough kids to field a varsity team.  

In 1A alone, unless something changes soon, I could see another 6-10 teams drop out due to inadequate numbers in the next 3 years.  

In my home county of Orange, we are seeing a considerable disinterest in football south of Hwy 70.  Orange high still has solid numbers, but Cedar Ridge (no varsity this year), East Chapel Hill (no varsity last year), Chapel Hill (reported numbers for entire program around 30), and Carrboro (a few years ago...maybe 2015, had to forfeit several games due to lack of numbers) are all struggling to field squads.  

A good portion of the drop in numbers has to be related to concussion awareness.  Add into the mix a lack of a football culture and geography, some schools are having major problems fielding competitive squads.

 

Vik-Val 86 Posts:124 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/07/2018 2:46 PM 0
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Thanks Jim
HardingRam Posts:151 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/07/2018 3:13 PM 0
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Jim you dont think highlands new state champion HC will show immediate improvement?
Slash Posts:95 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/07/2018 3:38 PM 0
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Not bad Jim; my few cents worth for the area conferences:

-Gonna have my previews done by Sunday; gotta wait to see East and North Wilkes scrimmage us first; MVAC has a ton of what if's.

-Ashe and West Wilkes ahead of Elkin; interesting. You and me are the only ones who think Elkin will struggle somewhat this year. Sophmores galore on that team. Starmount didn't impress that much; won't be surprised if they have another 2016 esque year except beating Forbush instead of losing.

-East I hear is as good as advertised; North Wilkes not so sure. They moved the Brown kid to more of an athlete posisition according to Max preps. Either they have no athletes or they feel confident in the JV kid. 7 may be too low for them; I'll know by Friday.

-Mount Airy's as athletic as always just a little undersized for me. Depth still isn't great on varsity. East Surry will have more kids.

-Bishop and WS Prep didn't field JV's again so that shows they still aren't healthy there.

-South Stokes's #'s are way up; have between 60/70 total kids which is way more than last year. North Stokes is still struggling; heard they only had 35 total kids come out. See them maybe winning one this year though.

-WS Prep's the powder keg of the Northwest. Have possibly the most underrated QB in that conference and some fast kids. If they can ever get their depth better and line more better coached they can easily get 3rd place. South struggled to beat them last year.

-WPAC I see it being a tossup again. I wouldn't really label West the favorite due to ? marks. Their D is gonna be really young, and their QB may be not able to play. Some of our players spotted him in a walking boot; don't know the prognosis for him. Could be all year could just be a few weeks. If he's out long term that will hurt their offense because he's the main cog of it and that RB will have to carry the load.

-North's younger but we have some solid talent coming back and off the JV's. Offense is looking solid, D will get better thru the year. Depth's increasing which is a plus. I think we will be very solid in 2019 but I expect us to be competitive this year too.

-Forsyth schools I have no clue. I heard Carver's gonna pass it a lot this year but that's all I know. Atkins moved a ton of their JV kids up from last year's runner up team but they will be very young. Don't have a solid in house QB so I see them running it unless they got one to transfer. Walkertown I have no clue I really don't.

-Surry Central has depth issues pretty solidly. Almost all of their 2016 kids are gone and they have some major spots to fill. Only had 10 kids when we 7 on 7'ed them. It could be a rough year in Dobson. Forbush the same; their numbers are a little better but they have very few athletes. Their HC actually refused to allow them to 7 on 7 so that might be a bad sign.


-Know anything about Community School of Davidson yet? They have been awfully quiet.
Jim West Posts:2029
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08/07/2018 3:51 PM 0
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Posted By HardingRam on 08/07/2018 3:13 PM
Jim you dont think highlands new state champion HC will show immediate improvement?

 

I am looking forward to seeing how much Highland will improve this upcoming season.  The 1A South Piedmont is a pretty darn good 1A conference.  Could Highland win a couple of conference games?  I think that is possible.  It might take a year before we see some major improvement for Highland.  This year could help lay the foundation for future years.

 

Jim West Posts:2029
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08/07/2018 3:58 PM 1
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@Slash, I believe Elkin will be improved this upcoming season and won't just surprise East Wilkes like they did last year. I do like Ashe County and I believe they will be just fine. Starmount has some depth issues to work out.

About South Stokes, that is some really solid numbers! I could see them finishing ahead of Bishop McGuinness this year.

The WPAC is a jumbled up mess. West Stokes and North Surry should improve as the season progresses. If West Stokes' QB is out for an extended period of time...they will struggle, for sure.

North Surry should handle Community School by 2-3 scores...imho.
Slash Posts:95 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/08/2018 11:51 PM 0
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We didn't get to scrimmage East Wilkes today which was a bummer. They changed their offense from the option to what Mount Airy ran last year; was gonna be interesting to see because they have nowhere the athletes. We scrimmage Alleghany today so at least we get two scrimmages in. Gonna be walking in the dark though in regards to EW.

Elkin's strength is that sophmore class but rarely in HS ball does sophmores compete at the varsity level. It's hard to do; I've seen it happen a ton. Heck the year I graduated Elkin depended on Freshman and they were 1-10 that year. I do think they will compete for the 1A side there but overall not so much. Plus they have to realise they beat Wilkes Central on JV with that Morrison kid moved up as well as some others. When they reach varsity age it might be totally different. Elkin needs to work on their pee wee levels because they folded several teams last year. You can't have that and succeed as a program. I see them winning 7-8 games in 2020 at least unless that group falls apart. Starmount's gonna be better in a few years because Grinton's a good coach but now they are a hot mess. #'s are awful for them (42 total kids,) and I just didn't find a single player on their varsity that looked like a Ram of old. Ashe looks much improved when I seen them. Hampton's getting numbers up and they look way more physical. That QB of theirs in my opinion is the best in the conference.

My source was wrong; West's QB looked healthy in the Stokes paper. Looks like my sources need some re-claryfing lol. Maybe not 100% but he's playing. They did say their D is behind in terms of the O; that will be what makes or breaks them. Their QB runs that offense; without him it would be a mess.

I haven't seen us fully to say yet but I'll know by Saturday. Besides that not sure; I'm gonna look around Hudl to see about the other teams.

CSD has been dead silent unlike last year. They weren't nothing much then just that QB and that WR. Their #'s are up but I don't know if any of those kids are quality or not. We are playing them at Hopewell which will be interesting because it looks nice. I guess I'll see on Hudl what to expect. This will be our last year playing them; we got someone out of the MVAC to take their spot. Not saying who yet lol.
Daniel Burleson Posts:38 Freshman Member Freshman Member
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Washington County may he a little better than originally expected. They turned up with 47 kids for the scrimmage in Williamston. Looks like they have some size up front too. Their schedule to start the season will no doubt be tough, ( Tarboro, Riverside, Pamlico, and Northampton), and i can see them losing those games, but if Coach Cody has shown me anything, he and turn around a team mid season, and have them playing well at the end.
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Jim West Posts:2029
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47 is much more than the 25 that was previously reported! I'm glad the numbers are up and much more workable.
Slash Posts:95 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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08/11/2018 2:22 AM 0
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Seen Alleghany and North Wilkes last two days.

Alleghany's right on your picking spot. It may be a rough year in Sparta. Their offense struggled bad against us and they had size advantange on us by a little bit. Their O line is easy to get thru and they lack athletes; they will struggle hard vs. Central, Elkin, and Ashe. JV wise they weren't much better. They didn't score a single time on both of our teams. That's the first time in my 11 years I've seen that happen in.a scrimmage. Their JV's only got 5-10 total yards on us; sad. They had 45-55 kids which isn't bad for them though but they gotta keep them out. Lyon will have a rough go more than likely this year; if they can't beat North Stokes then they are really up the creek. Their JV was disappointing as they had supposidly a solid for Alleghany freshman class come up.

North Wilkes is a little better than what you and me figured. Maybe not 2-4 but def a 5th place team at least. They on offense were somewhat better than last year. They passed it more than they ran it which was a 180. Brown their option QB is at WR as Chapman's son is now the QB he's trying to pull a Holder. He's a way better thrower than Brown is but he lacks speed to make it all more dyanmic. RB isn't a stud but he runs hard. Defense wise they were actually worse than last year. They struggle bad against multi faced offenses and we threw them in a loop all night. Their Run D is suprsingly bad. That will kill them in the long run. NW's #'s are really bad for them. JV wise they had only 19/20 kids; lowest I've ever seen it there. Varsity was a little better. Sad to see.

I'm curious to see what is up with East Wilkes; they backed out of scrimmaging us on Thursday for some odd reason after we had to cancel on Wednesday due to Storms. Then I heard Avery shut them out last night.. odd trend or an omen to come? They have to much talent left there to struggle.
allenjd4life Posts:192 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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Just got a report maiden will have 8 sophomores and 1 freshman on the roster. Only 23 varsity players came out this season. I don't see it being a issue even though maiden struggled against top 3A teams in scrimmages maiden usually rest most of thier starters in scrimmages anyways
EGFAN Posts:221 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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Saw most of Bandy's - East Gaston scrimmage last night. Bandy's looked pretty good, EG didn't. Bandy's is running the double wing and ran it well, but it was against EG and we can't defense that offense. EG offense has some potential, but our defense was dreadful. I don't see EG winning more that 1 or 2 games, if that.
allenjd4life Posts:192 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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Posted By EGFAN on 08/11/2018 1:04 PM
Saw most of Bandy's - East Gaston scrimmage last night. Bandy's looked pretty good, EG didn't. Bandy's is running the double wing and ran it well, but it was against EG and we can't defense that offense. EG offense has some potential, but our defense was dreadful. I don't see EG winning more that 1 or 2 games, if that.

I also heard bandys pounded East Burke I see Bandys more of a sleeper than a celler. East Gaston can win a few games I see them and North Gaston a close contest next week. North seems to be really down.
allenjd4life Posts:192 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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Jim why do you have hibriten 1? Do you not believe hibriten schedule will screw them like maiden and mt pleasant last year?
Jim West Posts:2029
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Posted By allenjd4life on 08/12/2018 7:17 AM
Jim why do you have hibriten 1? Do you not believe hibriten schedule will screw them like maiden and mt pleasant last year?


Hibriten won the 2017 2AA championship and returns most of their team. They have the best talent in the 2A’s.

Hibriten is playing the same schedule as their 2017 team.
allenjd4life Posts:192 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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Posted By Jim West on 08/12/2018 9:14 AM

Posted By allenjd4life on 08/12/2018 7:17 AM
Jim why do you have hibriten 1? Do you not believe hibriten schedule will screw them like maiden and mt pleasant last year?


Hibriten won the 2017 2AA championship and returns most of their team. They have the best talent in the 2A’s.

Hibriten is playing the same schedule as their 2017 team.

Do you think the max preps ranking could hurt their seeding with a possible more softer schedule
Jim West Posts:2029
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08/12/2018 3:15 PM 0
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Strength of schedule is a big factor in MaxPreps rankings. These computerized rankings actually encourage teams to run up the score. I am not a fan of running up the score but I also don’t criticize a coach for it either.
NorthWestGuru Posts:4 Middle School Middle School
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08/13/2018 12:14 PM 0
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Hey Slash nice writeup.

Elkin should be about the same as last year. I don’t see those sophomores making that big of a difference on varsity. They were the only team in the MvAC last season who had zero underclassmen on varsity. The kids have no varsity experience. After WC and Ashe, there is a steep talent drop off. WC should roll through conference with realative ease.
allenjd4life Posts:192 Sophomore Member Sophomore Member
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Posted By Jim West on 08/12/2018 3:15 PM
Strength of schedule is a big factor in MaxPreps rankings. These computerized rankings actually encourage teams to run up the score. I am not a fan of running up the score but I also don’t criticize a coach for it either.

Remember when maIden was seeded 5th going 11-0. There's a major possibility hibriten could play alot of non playoff teams. Not picking on jm Robinson again but they won't be a conference threat this year Newton also won't go 9-2. West Caldwell is really down and so is ashe Shelby on the other hand plays mt pleasant a.c. Reynolds South point and East Rutherford all good schedule strength. I do see them as a title threat but the ranking will hurt them playoff time
Jim West Posts:2029
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Posted By allenjd4life on 08/14/2018 7:28 AM

Posted By Jim West on 08/12/2018 3:15 PM
Strength of schedule is a big factor in MaxPreps rankings. These computerized rankings actually encourage teams to run up the score. I am not a fan of running up the score but I also don’t criticize a coach for it either.

Remember when maIden was seeded 5th going 11-0. There's a major possibility hibriten could play alot of non playoff teams. Not picking on jm Robinson again but they won't be a conference threat this year Newton also won't go 9-2. West Caldwell is really down and so is ashe Shelby on the other hand plays mt pleasant a.c. Reynolds South point and East Rutherford all good schedule strength. I do see them as a title threat but the ranking will hurt them playoff time

 

There's a big difference between MaxPreps rankings and the Carolina Varsity rankings.  When I cast my ballot, I look at several factors, mostly a program's floor (the worst case scenario), a program's ceiling (their potential), their coaching, the program's ability to sustain success, and other factors.  For example, I've seen programs that have incredible talent but perform mediocre results year after year.  As such, I tend to discount these programs in my rankings.  On the flip side, I've seen teams that continually exceed expectations year after year.  As such, I tend to promote these teams in my rankings.

I do not take into account strength of schedule in the preseason or at the early stages of the season.  Why?  First off, we don't necessarily know how strong each and every program will be during the preseason.  There are simply too many unknowns to take into account.  Some programs will win a game that will "shock us" at the beginning of the season because the opposition was not playing at full strength.  Other times, we have some programs that are young and suffer from poor execution at the beginning of the year but will resolve much of their execution as the season progresses.

As far as 2017 Maiden's fifth seed, they were seeded with the first place conference winners.  In the 2AA West, 7 teams won their conference and as a result, were seeded based on MaxPreps seedings (as follows):

1.  South Point

2.  Hibriten

3.  Franklin

4.  Mount Pleasant

5.  Maiden

6.  Wilkes Central

7.  North Surry

 

In my ballot after the last week of the season, I had these teams in the following order:

 

1.  South Point (1st overall in my top 25 rankings)

2.  Hibriten (7th)

3.  Franklin (9th)

4.  Maiden (12th)

5.  Mount Pleasant (17th)

6.  Wilkes Central (Not ranked)

7.  North Surry (Not ranked)

 

As far as last year's rankings, I thought Maiden deserved a 4th seed and Mount Pleasant deserved a 5th seed.  The difference between Maiden and Mount Pleasant was fairly small and as such I don't have a problem with how these teams were seeded.

 

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