Each week, The News & Observer high school sports writers D. Clay Best and J. Mike Blake will be sharing their AP football ballots online with a few thoughts on each.
Best is the sports editor for three community newspapers owned by The N&O – the Garner-Cleveland Record, the Clayton News-Star and The (Smithfield) Herald. Blake is the sports editor of two – The Cary News and Southwest Wake News.
This week, the guys balance their ballots with a few upsets statewide.
Clay’s thoughts: You pretty much feel like you know what you’ve got at this point of the season so there’s no juggling going on that doesn’t involve losses.
And as busy as the rest of this week is in the prep sports world, not having to be judge and jury comparing two teams I’ll never see play for 10th in a poll is a blessing.
On that front, get out and go to some other high school sports event this week. It’s the busiest there is in the fall season and there are plenty of great athletes to admire.
JMB’s thoughts: Some upsets last Friday caused all my changes, but thankfully there were none in 1A, so my ballot there remained the same.
West Forsyth is off my ballot in 4A, replaced by Charlotte Catholic (I also considered Scotland County).
Freedom replaces Eastern Wayne in 3A.
Randleman and East Bladen replace Southwest Onslow – who I had No. 2 and Farmville Central.
|1. Richmond County (7)||Richmond County||Richmond County|
|2. New Bern 68)||Independence||Butler|
|3. Dudley||Butler||Mallard Creek|
|4. Butler||Dudley||Wake Forest|
|5. Independence (1)||Mallard Creek||Dudley|
|6. Mallard Creek||Wake Forest||Independence|
|7. Mooresville||New Bern||New Bern|
|8. Wake Forest||Mooresville||Mooresville|
|9. Seventy-First||North Davidson||North Davidson|
|10. Scotland County||Charlotte Catholic||Seventy-First|
|1. Southern Durham (11)||Southern Durham||Southern Durham|
|2. Crest (3)||Crest||Crest|
|4. Concord||Concord||Southern Guilford|
|5. Orange||Erwin||Eastern Alamance|
|6. Eastern Alamance||Southern Guilford||Concord|
|7. Southern Guilford||Asheville||Weddington|
|9. Northern Guilford||Eastern Alamance||Asheville|
|10. Asheville||Freedom||Lee County|
|1. East Lincoln (12)||East Lincoln||Northeastern|
|2. Northeastern (2)||Franklin||East Lincoln|
|6. Owen||Washington||Ashe County|
|7. Southest Onslow||Ashe County||Reidsville|
|8. Ashe County||Reidsville||Shelby|
|10. East Bladen||East Bladen||Mt. Pleasant|
|1. Wallace-Rose Hill (14)||Wallace-Rose Hill||Wallace-Rose Hill|
|2. James Kenan||Mt. Airy||James Kenan|
|3. Mt. Airy||James Kenan||Mt. Airy|
|6. Plymouth||West Montgomery||Plymouth|
|7. West Montgomery||Plymouth||Whiteville|
|8. East Surry||Swain County||Swain County|
|9. Southeast Halifax||East Surry||East Surry|
|10. Swain County||Whiteville||West Montgomery|