High School Rankings: Last week, I wrote about the preseason college football rankings. This week, let's move over to the prep side.
This ranking business is one big crap shoot anyway. It couldn't be more evident than with high school projections.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association brings some fun to the regular season with their weekly installments of ranking the teams in all classes. We hear that the rankings don't mean anything. That really is true in high school.
It's no different with the preseason poll in college. There is sentiment for the first poll to be released several weeks into the season, so we have something to base our perceptions. It all shakes out in the end anyway - doesn't it?
Picking the contenders in these polls can be is difficult. Most sports writers don't cover but one, two or a handful of schools. They know very little about the hundreds of other teams.
In essence, the teams in the rankings are usually there based on reputation not necessarily reality.
All No. 1's to kick off the season are defending state champions. More likely than not, most will be pretty good again this year.
Two teams in our back yard are on the outside looking in. Tallassee and Reeltown are in the "others receiving votes" category. Each would be No. 11 in their respective classifications.
Rebels coach Matt Johnson's team should be improved. Reeltown was 6-5 in his first season last year.
Mike Battles enters his sixth year at the helm in Tallassee. The Tigers were 9-4 in 2016.
Three teams that THS beat last season are ranked ahead of them in Class 4A entering week one. That includes defending state champion Handley riding a 13-game win streak. Leeds and St. James are the other two.
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