High school football power rankings: No change in standings, but Smiths Station solidifies hold on No. 1

dmitchell@ledger-enquirerOctober 16, 2013 

Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com Smiths Station's Devante Marshall runs the ball against Opelika Friday night in Opelika.

JOE PAULL — Joe Paull

For the second straight week, there was no change in the power rankings. Not in the order at least.

If, however, we could gauge things on a scale of how firmly a team has cemented itself in its current placement, however, then Smiths Station moved way ahead of the pack.

The Panthers have another tough game this week against Carver-Montgomery with a chance to clinch the region title. So far, they have maintained composure in their big games.

The win over Opelika was one of the biggest in program history and placed Smiths Station not only at the top of the power rankings, but at No. 2 in the ASWA state poll and firmly in the state title chase.

Power rankings

1. Smiths Station (7-0, 5-0)

The win over Opelika was significant for so many reasons for Smiths Station, not the least of which was that it clinched it the playoffs and put it one win from a region championship. The fact that it was a shutout against a team that had beaten it 20 of 21 past meetings was just icing on the cake.

2. Carver (5-1, 2-0)

Ho, hum. Another game, another win for Carver. It’s likely the Tigers won’t be challenged again in the regular season, though Peach County has looked better against some weaker opponents in its past two games. Still, Carver can only play the hand it is dealt. It is a top-notch football team that will have plenty of time to prove itself in the postseason.

3. Harris County (5-1, 1-0)

Marion County could have moved here because of its win over Pacelli, but I settled on Harris County because of its overall body of work. Wins over Veterans, Callaway and Bainbridge are nothing to sneeze at. Veterans is 3-3, but its other two losses came against Warner Robins and Northside-Warner Robins.

4. Marion County (6-0, 3-0)

As mentioned above, Marion County has earned the right to be in the top three. It’s simply that I couldn’t drop Harris County. The win over Pacelli was a good one.

5. Pacelli (5-1, 2-1)

The Vikings finally lost, but I think a lot of people expected Marion County to handle them easily. That was far from the case, as Pacelli took an early lead before Marion County scrambled back to take the win. Pacelli is still very much in the thick of the playoff race.

Just missed

Spencer

Spencer gets this spot to itself this week. At 4-2, it has a chance at its first winning season since 1977(!). Take note, and follow its final four weeks closely.

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