High School Sports

The NC AP high school football poll is out. Here’s how my ballot compares

Wake Forest quarterback Chris James (18) celebrates a touchdown pass to teammate Marquis Dunn in the first half. The Heritage Huskies visited the Wake Forest Cougars in a high school football game on Nov. 3, 2017.
Wake Forest quarterback Chris James (18) celebrates a touchdown pass to teammate Marquis Dunn in the first half. The Heritage Huskies visited the Wake Forest Cougars in a high school football game on Nov. 3, 2017. newsobserver.com

4A

How times have changed. Having three Wake County teams in the top-10 of the final 4A ranking would've been insane less than 10 years ago.

 

AP Poll

 

JMB’s vote

1.

Wake Forest (8)

1.

Wake Forest

2.

Mallard Creek (4)

2.

Mallard Creek

3.

West Forsyth

3.

Harding

4.

Hoggard (1)

4.

Hoggard

5.

Scotland

5.

West Forsyth

6.

Heritage

6.

Heritage

7.

Harding

7.

Scotland

8.

Page

8.

Page

9.

Glenn

9.

Cardinal Gibbons

10.

Cardinal Gibbons

10.

Glenn

3A

I ranked four area teams here, but of those four, D.H. Conley didn't make the final AP top 10. I'm not sure how Dudley, which finished third in its own conference, kept making poll after poll this year. I haven't ranked the Panthers since they lost to Southwest Guilford.

 

AP Poll

 

JMB’s vote

1.

Charlotte Catholic (12)

1.

Charlotte Catholic

2.

Lee County (1)

2.

Lee County

3.

Western Alamance

3.

Southern Nash

4.

New Hanover

4.

Western Alamance

5.

Havelock

5.

Clayton

6.

Southern Nash

6.

Mount Tabor

7.

Marvin Ridge

7.

New Hanover

8.

Clayton

8.

A.C. Reynolds

9.

Mount Tabor

9.

Kings Mountain

10.

Dudley

10.

D.H. Conley

2A

I tossed in South Granville as my last team this week and dropped Shelby from No. 1 to fifth.

 

AP Poll

 

JMB’s vote

1.

South Point (11)

1.

South Point

2.

Hibriten (1)

2.

Reidsville

3.

Reidsville

3.

East Duplin

4.

East Duplin

4.

Northeastern

5.

Northeastern (1)

5.

Shelby

6.

Shelby

6.

North Davidson

7.

North Davidson

7.

Hibriten

8.

Wallace-Rose Hill

8.

Franklin

9.

Franklin

9.

Wallace-Rose Hill

10.

Mountain Heritage

10.

South Granville

1A

It's hard to pick out 10 1A teams to put up here this year. We all have eight we can agree on after Murphy handed Cherokee its only loss. I chose West Montgomery and Lakewood. There's no way you can go wrong, except maybe East Wilkes at ninth. East Wilkes is good, but they lost two straight games to end the year. I felt like someone else deserved a shot.

 

AP Poll

 

JMB’s vote

1.

Tarboro (13)

1.

Tarboro

2.

Mount Airy

2.

Edenton Holmes

3.

Edenton Holmes

3.

Mount Airy

4.

North Duplin

4.

North Duplin

5.

Mitchell County

5.

Mitchell County

6.

North Stanly

6.

North Stanly

7.

Murphy

7.

Murphy

8.

Cherokee

8.

Cherokee

9.

East Wilkes

9.

West Montgomery

T10.

Northampton County

10.

Lakewood

T10.

West Montgomery

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