Monday, August 02, 2010

Preseason National Prep Football Poll released

URBANDALE, Iowa -- Trinity (Euless, Texas) will begin the 2010 season in a familiar position. The Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the preseason National Prep Football Poll for the second time in three years. They return 15 starters from last year's Class 5A/I championship team and will be seeking its fourth state title in six seasons.

Starting at the top of the poll, there is a distinct Texas flavor throughout the rankings. Defending 5A/II titlist Abilene checks in at No. 3 and three-time defending 4A champion Lake Travis (Austin) -- with its three consecutive 4A titles -- is right behind at No. 4. Stony Point (Round Rock), a 5A semifinalist the last two seasons, begins the season at No. 19.

Texas isn't the only state with four teams in the initial rankings. The No. 2 team in the poll is Plant (Tampa), winner of three Florida state titles in four years. State bragging rights will be on the line Sept. 16 when the Panthers will travel to Texas to face No. 2 Abilene. There are two more Sunshine State squads in the top 10 with defending 4A champion Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) at No. 6 and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) checking in at No. 7. A fourth Florida team in the poll is No. 21 Manatee (Bradenton)

California is also represented with four teams in the preseason rankings. No. 9 Grant (Sacramento) leads the Golden State's contingent followed by fellow Northern Cal power De La Salle (Concord) at No. 14. The top teams from Southern California to the start the season figure to be No. 15 Servite (Anaheim) and No. 24 Mission Viejo.

In all, there are teams from 14 different states in the preseason rankings. After the season begins, that number figures to fluctuate from week-to-week. The first regular season poll of the year will be released August 23.

As always, the National Prep Poll ranks teams both nationally and regionally according to four criteria including strength of schedule, a team's success in accomplishing the ultimate goal on its schedule (i.e. winning a championship), the emergence and measurement of impact players, as well the quality of coaching and the team's recent tradition.



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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ridley, a Pennsylvania 4A semifinalist last year, returns a good deal of talent and is a top-5-8 team in Pennsylvania. Might have deserved a look for top 100, but certainly for the Northeast.

Anonymous said...

Until the Christian Lemay situation is resolved, can't really determine how good Butler will be. I think that Northwestern (Rock Hill, SC) is the team to watch. I think that they'll have a better team than Byrnes and should be ranked higher than Byrnes in your preseason poll. If they get by South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) in their opening game, watch out. They could roll towards a state championship this year.

mr 101 said...

where evangel christian(shreveport LA) they should at least be in top 100 they are the defending champions who beat john curtis and has a good chance of beating union in opener ther yoinb but talented

SCfootball said...

Byrnes would spank Northwestern - what a joke.

Anonymous said...

No miramar they won the 6a state title last year!!!??

Anonymous said...

Like to know where you get your information from!!! How can that be that Plant is ranked number 2 in your poll and in tampa they didn't even have 1 wide reciever ranked in the top ten!!Hello don't you have to have somebody who will catch the ball.

Anonymous said...

Not this year SCfootball. Lucky for Byrnes and Dorman they don't have to play Rock Hill and Northwestern every year like they used to back when Region 2-4a was a powerhouse when you had NW, Rock Hill, Dorman, Gaffney, Spartanburg, and Byrnes all in the same conference and considered one of the tougher regions in HS football.

Anonymous said...

The Ironton Tiggers should be ranked in the top 30

Anonymous said...

The Ironton Tiggers should be in the top 50.

Anonymous said...

Is your team's mascot really named the Tiggers like the Winnie the Pooh character?

Anonymous said...

what about steubenville BIG RED out of eastern ohio? are they any threat to break into the top 100? i believe they only have lost 4 games in the past 5 years. that includes back to back 15-0 state titles & 14-1 runner up

Anonymous said...

havent you guys heard of lakeland high school. why arnt they ranked in the top 100? every year they are one of the top teams in florida.

Anonymous said...

You should look into Springdale Har-ber a little more. You guys have them ranked significantly worse than the other polls. USA Today has them at #13 and Rivals has them at #31. They are definitely at top 40 team for sure. Huge Oline with two D1 recruits, one a 4 stare, 4 recievers over 6 foot 3, best defense in the state of Arkansas by far, and they return their starting QB, entire OLine and RB from last year. They will scrimmage #42 Tulsa Union this Friday, so we will see how that goes. I also dont think Evangel has a chance against a much bigger Union with more depth. Evangel is just like a Shiloh Christian. Flashy players, lots of D1 talent, but no depth. It's hard for schools like Evangel and Shiloh to compete with teams when their kids don't have to play both ways all game. Just like when Springdale High destoryed Evangel the two years they played, Union will likewise wear them out in the second half with their depth.

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