Garner tops N&O's football rankings

tstevens@newsobserver.comDecember 6, 2012 

  • N&O football final rankings
    1. Garner (1) 14-1
    2. Leesville Road (2) 12-1
    3. Middle Creek (4) 11-2
    4. Wakefield (5) 11-2
    5. Carrboro (3) 15-1
    6. Wake Forest-Rolesville (6) 9-3
    7. Cleveland (7) 12-2
    8. Cardinal Gibbons (8) 11-1
    9. Orange (9) 11-3
    10. Lee (10) 9-4
    11. Clayton (11) 9-4
    12. Triton (12) 10-1
    13. Hillside (13) 8-3
    14. Bunn (14) 10-3
    15. Fuquay-Varina (15) 7-5
    16. South Johnston (16) 8-4
    17. Chapel Hill (17) 9-4
    18. Southern Durham (18) 6-5
    19. Knightdale (19) 6-5
    20. South Granville (20) 9-4
    NOTE: Previous rankings in parentheses

Carrboro’s 30-27 loss to South Iredell in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2AA football championship doesn’t have a big impact on the final 2012 N&O Metro football rankings.

Garner, which lost in the 4AA semifinals to Fayetteville Britt, led from the preseason through the end of the season. Coach Nelson Smith’s club finished 14-1 and clearly was the area’s best team.

Leesville Road had a dominating season and was undefeated before losing to Garner 56-35 in the 4AA quarterfinals. The Pride edged Middle Creek 37-30 during the playoffs to claim the No. 2 ranking over the Mustangs. Middle Creek’s losses were to Garner and Leesville Road.

Wakefield holds the No. 4 position after losing only to Garner and Leesville Road, too.

Carrboro was third a week ago, but following the title loss, it slides to No. 5.

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