ROCKINGHAM — Even though Richmond Senior remained undefeated and pulled away from Lee County in the second half to post a 55-28 victory, the Raiders fell in the latest CarolinaPreps.com 4A poll.
Richmond was overtaken by New Bern this week and dropped to third in the rankings. The Bears received one first-place vote and finished with 69 points to leapfrog the Raiders into second by one point. New Bern edged Havelock, 34-33, Friday night. The Rams were the top-ranked team in 3A before the loss.
Butler remained No. 1 in the poll, claiming the remaining seven first-place selections. The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on the season with a 69-7 win over Olympic.
Independence was still fourth after it cruised to a 41-14 victory over North Mecklenburg. New Hanover made the biggest move in the poll, sliding up two spots into fifth. The Wildcats snapped the 16-game winning streak by the defending 4A champion Scotland 21-16. The Fighting Scots were last week’s No. 5 team.
Rounding out the top 10 was East Forsyth, Jack Britt, Mallard Creek, Ragsdale and Garner.
Hoke County was the only other Southeastern Conference school to receive any votes this week. The Bucks earned four points and was tied with Roberson as the top squad in the others receiving votes category.
Just like last week, Richmond didn’t fare as well in the MaxPreps.com rankings. Richmond was once again ranked sixth.
Butler, New Bern and Mallard Creek retained their spots atop the poll. New Hanover moved up to fourth, while Porter Ridge still was in the fifth spot. Jack Britt, Garner, Scotland and Hillside completed the top 10.
Unlike the CarolinaPreps.com poll which tabulates votes from writers across the state, Maxpreps.com uses computer-based rankings. The program takes into consideration quality wins against other highly-ranked opponents as well as strength of schedule.
The first Associated Press poll will be released next week.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com