Monday, September 03, 2007

South Panola 'inadvertently omitted' by USA Today's Super 25

A poster over at found this one.

Lots of folks, especially those in Mississippi, were puzzled when national rankings giant USA Today released its preseason Top 25 national rankings on August 22.

South Panola (Batesville) was not ranked -- not even regionally.

South Panola, ranked No. 8 in our preseason National Prep Poll, has emerged as one of the South's premier high school football programs. The Tigers have won four consecutive 5A state titles, 61 straight games (now America's longest active winning streak), and produced dozens of Division I recruits.

And it's not as though USA Today hasn't ranked the Tigers in the past -- the paper had them No. 9 in its final 2006 poll.

South Panola returned 14 starters (seven on each side of the ball) from last year, including six listed in the database of prospects at

Even though it was breaking in a new head coach (Lance Pogue), I was also more than a little bit shocked to find South Panola completely missing in action from the USA Today preseason Super 25.

Which leads us to the nugget discovered by a poster named "sptiger" at the board.

On its current Super 25 scoreboard page, now states the following regarding South Panola's absence from its preseason rankings:
The USA TODAY Super 25 preseason high school football rankings published Aug. 22 inadvertently omitted South Panola of Batesville, Miss. The school, which has won a state-record 60 consecutive games, will be considered for inclusion once most schools have begun play and the rankings are updated. The Tigers open Friday at Warren Central of Vicksburg.

Fair enough.

By the way, South Panola defeated Warren Central, 31-18, and moved up two spots to No. 6 in this week's National Prep Poll.


Anonymous said...

South Panola is so close to DFW, why not South Panola vs. Southlake Carroll? SLC as of now has NON-district games open their first 2 games of next year.

Come to SLC and you'll play some major competition. Contact the Athletic Director at SLC.

kahlile9 said...

south panola is in mississippi so its no where close to carroll but they need to play a texas school so they can have real competition.

they need to stop playing those lame memphis schools n florida schools