High school football power rankings: Harris County moves up to No. 3, Smiths Station still on top

dmitchell@ledger-enquirerOctober 2, 2013 

Smiths StationþÄôs Amonte Caban breaks past the Beauregard defenders into the end zone for SmithþÄôs Stations 2nd touch down of the night

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Harris County comes in at No. 3 in this week’s rankings, having won four consecutive games after an opening week loss to Houston County.

To put the team’s 4-1 start into perspective, consider that it started last season 0-4 before going on to the best finish in the program’s history. The Tigers have more than a decent shot at rewriting history once again in 2013.

Next week is when the fun begins, however, as the Tigers hit the road to begin region play, traveling to Bainbridge to take on a team that many expect will finish in the top two in the region.

A win would put Harris County in great position to contend for another region championship, which would likely come down to its final game of the season against Thomas County Central. A loss would put it in danger of losing home-field advantage in the playoffs.

There’s a lot of season left, though, and coach Tommy Parks would be the first to make sure nobody got ahead of themselves.

Week 5 Power rankings

1. Smiths Station (5-0, 3-0)

The Panthers passed another test in Beauregard, which plays two classes lower, but was still a major force to be reckoned with. Beauregard was held to eight points, further showing the talents of the Smiths Station defense. Next up, Lee-Montgomery before the gauntlet of Opelika, Carver-Montgomery and Central.

2. Carver (4-1, 1-0)

It may not have been as dominating as last year’s win over Pike County, but Carver once again got region play started on a good note. It’s a near certainty Carver will go into its game with Peach County with one loss, as its next three opponents have one win combined.

3. Harris County (4-1, 0-0

The Tigers will enjoy a week off this Friday, getting healthy and preparing for a big test next week.

4. Marion County (4-0, 1-0)

Marion County looks poised to go 5-0 this week, but games against Pacelli, Dooly County and Brookstone loom.

5. Pacelli (4-0, 1-0

The Vikings join the rankings, but we’ll reserve judgment until after Friday’s game against Brookstone. It’s impossible not to see the immense improvement of the program over the past couple of years, down to the way it wins games this season. Still, a 4-0 start turned into 4-6 last season. We’ll know a lot about the Vikings after Friday.

Just missed

Manchester, Central, Spencer

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