ROCKINGHAM — Coming off its 100th shutout in school history, Richmond Senior entered the initial Associated Press poll as the No. 2 team in Class 4A.
Butler, which had a bye, grabbed all 14 first-place votes this week. The Bulldogs (2-0) finished with 140 points, 26 more than the Raiders. Butler will battle No. 8 Vance at 7 p.m. Saturday.
New Bern (3-0) rolled past West Craven 44-8. The Bears garnered 94 points and is ranked third, just ahead of Jack Britt. The Buccaneers routed Southern Durham 42-7.
Mallard Creek is the only team in the 4A top 10 with a loss. The Mavericks breezed past Berry Academy 76-6 and earned 70 points, enough to be ranked fifth this week.
Rounding out the top 10 are: Porter Ridge, Garner, Vance, New Hanover and East Forsyth.
The only other Southeastern Conference team to receive 10 or more points was Hoke County (3-0). The Bucks slipped past Seventy-First 35-20.
After falling to the third spot in the CarolinaPreps.com poll following a win over Lee County, Richmond jumped back to No. 2 this week with its win over Anson.
The Raiders finished with 68 points, 12 fewer than Butler. The Bulldogs grabbed all eight first-place votes and remained in the top spot. New Bern fell to third, five points behind Richmond. Vance jumped into the top 10 at No. 4 with 49 points. East Forsyth moved up one spot to fifth after defeating Reagan 43-7.
Completing the CarolinaPreps.com top 10 is: Mallard Creek, New Hanover, Jack Britt, Hoke County and Garner. Scotland was the only other SEC school to receive votes. The Fighting Scots received two points to be listed among the others receiving votes.
Richmond maintained its No. 2 ranking in this week’s NCPreps.com poll. Butler earned all four first-place selections to stay atop the poll. Jack Britt was third and New Bern was fourth. Mallard Creek, Porter Ridge, Garner, Southeast Raleigh, New Hanover and East Forsyth rounded out the top 10.
Richmond jumped three spots in this week’s Maxpreps.com rankings. The Raiders are ranked third, behind Butler and New Bern. Mallard Creek and Porter Ridge round out the top 5. Jack Britt, New Hanover, East Forsyth, Scotland and Garner finish out the final five in the rankings.
Unlike the other polls 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.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org