ROCKINGHAM — Coming off its 39-14 victory over West Forsyth, Richmond Senior moved to 5-0 on the season with an open date this week before opening conference play at home against Hoke County.
The win kept the Raiders at No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll. Richmond received 122 points to remain behind top-ranked Butler, which received all 14 first-place votes. The Bulldogs rolled past Myers Park 49-6 to improve to 4-0 on the year.
The rest of the rankings remained the same as last week. New Bern received 105 votes to stay at No. 3. The Bears crushed Nash Central 56-7 to stay undefeated at 5-0. New Bern faces a possible showdown with another unbeaten team — New Hanover — on Sept. 28. The Wildcats are seventh in this week’s poll and will travel to Southern Pines tonight to face off against Pinecrest. New Hanover routed Purnell Swett 56-19 a week ago to move to 4-0.
Porter Ridge and Mallard Creek rounded out the top five. The Pirates are coming off their open date and play host to Providence Day tonight. The Mavericks improved to 3-1 following last week’s 56-11 victory over Mooresville.
Garner remained sixth with East Forsyth staying at the No. 8 spot. The only other Southeastern Conference school to appear in the poll is Scotland. The Fighting Scots are ranked ninth followed by Jack Britt.
This week’s NCPreps.com rankings were basically unaltered as well. Butler was once again No. 1, followed by Richmond and New Bern. The only change came at No. 4. In the last poll, Mallard Creek and Porter Ridge were tied for fourth. The Mavericks totaled 76 points this week, while the Pirates garnered 63.
Completing the top 10 was: Garner, New Hanover, East Forsyth, Scotland and Jack Britt.
The CarolinaPreps.com poll had a handful of schools moving places this week. The top three of Butler, Richmond and New Bern remained the same, however, Mallard Creek and East Forsyth flipped spots. The Mavericks slid up to fourth, while East Forsyth fell to fifth.
New Hanover held steady at sixth, but Porter Ridge jumped from 10th to sixth. Scotland dropped to eighth after being seventh last week, while Garner stayed as the No. 9 team in the rankings.
Three squads tied for 10th after registering nine points — SEC member Hoke County, North Davidson and Jack Britt.
For the second straight week, the Raiders fell one spot in this week’s Maxpreps.com rankings. Richmond is fifth, behind Butler, New Bern, Porter Ridge and Mallard Creek. East Forsyth moved to sixth followed by New Hanover, Scotland, Garner and Hoggard.
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 email@example.com