ROCKINGHAM — Following its 41-7 victory over South View to improve to 4-0 on the season, the Richmond Senior football team maintained its spot in three polls this week.
Butler stayed atop the weekly polls with its 48-6 win over Vance. The Bulldogs are now 3-0 on the season.
Richmond was once again second in the Associated Press poll behind Butler with 122 points. The Bulldogs earned 13 of 14 first-place votes to tally 139 points. New Bern, which routed Greenville Rose 47-2, received the other first-place vote and finished with 108 points. Porter Ridge cruised past A.L. Brown 41-14 and is fourth this week, followed by Mallard Creek, which had an open date.
Rounding out the AP Top 10 was Garner (4-0), New Hanover (4-0), East Forsyth (4-0), Scotland (3-1) and Jack Britt (3-1).
In the NCPreps.com poll, the Raiders compiled 98 points to finish 12 behind Butler this week. The Bulldogs were the unanimous pick, grabbing all 11 first-place ballots to finish with 110 points.
New Bern was nine points behind Richmond in the third spot. At No. 4, Mallard Creek and Porter Ridge tied with 68 points.
The remaining schools in the NCPreps.com poll are: Garner, New Hanover, East Forsyth, Scotland and Jack Britt.
Butler snagged all eight first-place ballots in the CarolinaPreps.com poll to finish with 80 points. Richmond was second with 67 points, followed by New Bern, five points behind the Raiders. East Forsyth had its best ranking of the week, checking in at No. 4 with 56 points. Mallard Creek was fifth, trailing the Eagles by two points.
Completing the top 10 was New Hanover, Scotland, Hoke County (4-0), Garner and Porter Ridge.
Richmond fell one spot in this week’s Maxpreps.com rankings. The Raiders are ranked fourth, behind Butler, New Bern and Porter Ridge. Mallard Creek is No. 5, followed by New Hanover, Scotland, East Forsyth, Garner and Wake Forest-Rolesville.
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