Southern Durham, No. 1 in the News & Observer high school football rankings, is No. 2 in The Associated Press statewide poll. The Spartans won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3AA title in 2013.
Southern trails Shelby Crest in the AP 3A poll.
Undefeated Middle Creek is tied for No. 8 in the AP 4A poll, and unbeaten Wake Forest is No. 10.
In the N&O rankings, Wake Forest, Millbrook, Middle Creek and Durham Hillside round out the top five.