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Blake: NC high school football AP polls after Week 5

Corinth Holders makes its first appearance in the N.C. high school football Associated Press polls this week, tied for 10th in 3A. Wake Forest (No. 2, 4A) and Orange (No. 6, 3A) are the other area teams to crack the state rankings.

The News & Observer’s J. Mike Blake is an AP voter. The AP voting results are on the left, with Blake’s ballot on the right.

JMB’s thoughts: I didn’t have to change a thing on my 4A ballot this week as all of the favorites won. In 3A, I moved in Terry Sanford and Lee County and dropped out Cuthbertson and Rocky Mount. I think other voters are high on West Craven because it beat New Bern, but I take a step back and realize that New Bern is just 1-3 so far this year. In 2A and 1A, I didn’t penalize Clinton for losing to 4A Hoggard by three or East Carteret for losing to James Kenan by 14. Greene Central replaced Carver in my 2A poll and Plymouth and Mitchell County replaced Lakewood and Mount Airy.

4A poll

AP voters

JMB’s ballot

1. Mallard Creek

1. Mallard Creek

2. Wake Forest

2. Wake Forest

3. Scotland County

3. Butler

4. Dudley

4. Scotland County

5. Butler

5. Dudley

6. Charlotte Catholic

6. Vance

7. Pinecrest

7. Pinecrest

8. Vance

8. Middle Creek

9. Page

9. Seventy-First

10. East Forsyth

10. Page

3A poll

AP voters

JMB’s ballot

1. Crest

1. Crest

2. Havelock

2. Havelock

3. Asheville

3. Concord

4. Eastern Alamance

4. Orange

5. West Craven

5. Eastern Alamance

6. Orange

6. Asheville

7. Weddington

7. Northern Guilford

8. Terry Sanford

8. Freedom

9. Northern Guilford

9. Terry Sanford

T10. A.C. Reynolds

10. Lee County

T10. Corinth Holders

2A poll

AP voters

JMB’s ballot

1. East Lincoln

1. East Lincoln

2. Shelby

2. Shelby

3. Monroe

3. Clinton

4. Kinston

4. Monroe

5. East Bladen

5. T.W. Andrews

6. Greene Central

6. East Bladen

7. Clinton

7. Kinston

8. SW Edgecombe

8. Wilkes Central

T9. Northeastern

9. SW Edgecombe

T9. T.W. Andrews

10. Greene Central

1A poll

AP voters

JMB’s ballot

1. James Kenan

1. James Kenan

2. Tarboro

2. Wallace-Rose Hill

3. Wallace-Rose Hill

3. East Surry

4. West Montgomery

4. West Montgomery

5. East Surry

5. Tarboro

6. Mitchell County

6. Murphy

7. Murphy

7. East Carteret

8. Plymouth

8. Plymouth

9. East Carteret

9. Mitchell County

10. Southside

10. North Stanly