Preseason Top-10 Football Power Rankings

With our finger on the pulse of high school football across the state of North Carolina and season openers less than a month away, here’s our crack at the strength of teams in each classification heading into the season. Our rankings consist of analysis from Chris Hughes and Brad Crawford, film study, input from select coaches and what teams have coming back in preparation for the 2013 campaign.


1.  Tarboro

2.  Warsaw Kenan

3.  Swain County

4.  Murphy

5.  Wallace-Rose Hill

6.  Mt. Airy

7.  Albemarle

8.  West Montgomery

9.  Plymouth

10.  Boonville Starmount

On the bubble: Manteo, Robbinsville, Northampton County, Louisburg



1.  Southwest Onslow

2.  East Lincoln

3.  Shelby

4.  Reidsville

5.  Jacksonville Northside

6.  High Point Andrews

7.  Carrboro

8.  North Rowan

9.  Elizabeth City Northeastern

10.  Goldsboro

On the bubble:  South Columbus, Thomasville, Kinston, Newton-Conover, Red Springs, Ayden-Grifton



1.  Havelock

2.  Belmont South Point

3.  Northern Guilford

4.  Boiling Springs Crest

5.  Lawndale Burns

6.  Fayetteville Byrd

7.  West Rowan

8.  Asheville Reynolds

9.  Monroe Sun Valley

10.  Southern Durham

On the bubble:  Morganton Freedom, Cleveland, Statesville, Southern Guilford, Eastern Alamance, Asheville Erwin, Asheville, Hillsborough Orange



1.  Charlotte Mallard Creek

2.  Scotland County

3.  Charlotte Independence

4.  Matthews Butler

5.  Garner

6.  Richmond County

7.  New Bern

8.  Cornelius Hough

9.  Charlotte Catholic

10.  Wilmington New Hanover

On the bubble:  Apex Middle Creek, Fayetteville Britt, Mint Hill Rocky River, Durham Hillside, Greensboro Page, Greensboro Dudley, Hoke County, Raleigh Leesville Rd., North Davidson, High Point Central, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor

About Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes is the editor and founder of A life-long student of the game, he brings a unique perspective of the game from multiple angles, including that of a former coach. His work has been featured both locally and nationally, including FNF Magazine,, and ESPN U, and SiriusXM.

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