The Yadkin Valley Conference won't be very exciting in 2019. Determining what team will win the conference is almost a process of elimination.
Favorite: North Stanly. The Comets won't be nearly as strong as last year's senior heavy team, but there's still plenty of talent roaming the hallways of New London. North Stanly's defense was among one of the best last year in the 1A classification. Time will tell how this year's defense molds together.
Contenders: South Stanly, North Rowan. South Stanly and North Rowan also graduated large senior classes. South Stanly might have better experience in the skill positions while North Rowan might have better depth. Both teams could defeat North Stanly.
Best of the Rest: Albemarle. The Bulldogs might have their best team since 2014 (well, at least on the field as the Bulldogs had to forfeit 7 games that year). Albemarle's defense might be in the Top 15 within 1A. However their offense is a different story. The talent pipeline is not even close to the level as 10 years ago.
2019 projected conference standings:
1. North Stanly
2. North Rowan
3. South Stanly
5. Chatham Central
6. North Moore
7. South Davidson