High school football power rankings: No change this week, but movement could be on the horizon

dmitchell@ledger-enquirerOctober 8, 2013 

Here’s the good news: Writing the Power Rankings blog was the easiest its been for me so far this season.

The bad news: There are no surprises.

The rankings remain exactly the same as last week, due to two favorites taking care of business, two teams being on their bye weeks and one team ending an eight-season losing streak to its rival.

Take a look at the rankings and, as always, chime in with thoughts in the comments section.

Power rankings

1. Smiths Station (6-0, 4-0)

The Panthers are 6-0 for the first time since 1996. Now comes the hard part: Opelika, Carver-Montgomery, Central. One out of 3 probably earns a playoff spot. But the Panthers are thinking bigger than that.

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

It’s not fair to start looking ahead to the Peach County game, but on paper that’s all that remains for the Tigers. Peach County is 3-2. The rest of Carver’s schedule has a combined 3-21 record. Is it time for playoffs yet?

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

There are a lot of things that make Harris County a good football team. Here’s a look at one of the big ones. Running backs Esaias Chapman (745 rushing yards) and Keith Jenkins (395 rushing yards) and quarterback TaQuon Marshall (349 rushing yards) are the second most prolific rushing trio in Region 1-AAAAA behind Thomas County Central. The Tigers’ resume includes some tough opponents, as well.

4. Marion County (5-0, 2-0)

As of last week, Marion County was third in the public Class A power ratings, making it one of the top teams in the state for its classification. A few big tests stand its way, but rest assured this team will be prepared.

5. Pacelli (5-0, 2-0)

Last year, 4-0 turned into 4-6 for the Vikings. Not so this year. Its win over Brookstone made it 5-0. The reward? Marion County is next. Like its loss to Brookstone in 2012, the Pacelli was never close to the Eagles. We’ll see if things have changed in that matchup, too.

Just missed

Manchester, Central, Spencer

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