The new conference will feature McDowell (4A), South Caldwell (4A), Alexander Central (3A), Freedom (3A) Hickory (3A), St. Stephens (3A), Watauga (3A), West Caldwell (3A)
I feel as if this conference doesn't have a clear favorite entering the season.
Alexander Central can score lots of points quickly with a solid QB, but gives up about just as many.
Freedom was way down last season but should improve this year.
South Caldwell had a rough season but should also improve.
West Caldwell may be the favorite after a 10-3 season in 2016 but I have no idea what they are returning/losing.
Watauga could also challenge for the top spot and can score points like Alexander Central
Hickory has really fell off the past few seasons but could they rebound?
St. Stephens will likely struggle again this year
McDowell returns some pieces from a 5-7 team but will likely finish in the bottom half of the conference..