Monday, August 30, 2010

Week 3 National Prep Football Poll released

URBANDALE, Iowa -- There were some significant changes in the Top 10 and throughout the rest of the third National Prep Football Poll of the season.

A huge preseason game blowout that didn't count in the standings, but was televised by ESPN, vaulted Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) from No. 21 to No. 5 this week. The Hurricanes dismantled previously No. 2-ranked Plant (Tampa), 48-10, in a rematch of last year's 5A championship game. Though the game was technically a scrimmage, starters for both teams played significant minutes while the outcome was still in doubt and as Manatee began to pull away.

Moving from the regional rankings only into the Top 10 this week was Colerain (Cincinnati). The Cardinals were very impressive in a season-opening 35-6 blowout of Northmont (Clayton), despite playing the game without their top defender Jarrett Grace, a Notre Dame recruit who was nursing an injured shoulder.

Also entering the Top 25 this week were No. 14 Miami Central and No. 21 Bingham (South Jordan, Utah). In another preseason game, Miami Central was dynamite in a 50-6 runaway against state-ranked Ely (Pompano Beach). Bingham has been dominant in two games this season, including Saturday's 49-26 blowout of former state-No. 2 Alta (Sandy).



the Plant-manatee game was no scrimmage. Plant's injured QB was in there for the whole game. What a joke to call this a scrimmage or pre-season game.

PrepNationSports said...

Well, it was a scrimmage because they game didn't count in the win/loss column.

That said, if you read any part of it, you'd see our poll certainly did not the results as if the game didn't count. Manatee shot up to No. 5 this week and Plant dropped out of the rankings altogether.

Anonymous said...

If the game was only a scrimmage, why in the world would you adjust any rankings for it, that's what I don't understand.

Anonymous said...

I was at the HS football doubleheader in Rock Hill this past Saturday. First I must say that this year's Byrnes team is not the Byrnes of the past. Second, the South Pointe - Northwestern game had more prospects and both NW and South Pointe looked bigger, faster and seemed to have better athletes than either Byrnes or Hoover. Lastly, I know that Hoover was the higher ranked team and continue to be ranked in your national top 10. However, if Hoover and Northwestern (Rock Hill, SC) were to play each other, based on what I've seen from both squads, NW has a heck of a chance to beat them. I don't see Hoover completely stopping that offense (there's no Jadeveon Clowney or Gerald Dixon type of D-Lineman on Hoover) and Northwestern's defense has the athletic ability, size, and speed to hang with Hoover. I know it's early, but Northwestern could beat Hoover head to head and should be ranked higher in your rankings this week, certainly above Butler (Matthews, NC) who is not the same team without Christian LeMay.