October 3, 2010
Way back when, before the first "official" practice, the coaches in the NCHSAA 4A Southeastern Conference got together, at the start of this season, to vote on how they thought the teams in their league would finish. When the numbers were tallied -- PHS was picked to finish fifth in the six team conference.
With PHS readying to begin its 2010 SEC campaign the team needs all the support it can get, especially for the upcoming back-to-back home games with Lumberton (October 8th) and Scotland (OCT 15)
Travis Scales is one heck of a player, a top notch on-field general, powerful runner and true team leader -- To me he was the one that made the Pat offense click and I hate that he is out due to injury...
As a starting CB for the Patriot JV gridders my sophomore year in 1992, I suffered a (football) career-ending injury during game action -- when my left elbow was completely shattered (at the same stadium where my high school alma mater still plays today.) So I know what missing a season is like, and can sympathize.
I wish Travis nothing but the best. At least he is only a junior and hopefully he will be able to come back next year and thrive as a senior.
However his absence for the remainder of the season, along with the lack of any apparent legitimate aerial attack, have me wondering if PHS may struggle to win more than two SEC games this season.
Purnell Swett is a tough team, but I do think Pinecrest has a good shot of beating them. I also see the Pats besting Hoke.... After that though, it is hard for me to see another win on the schedule....and remember, the coaches picked them 5th when they had Scales!!
According to the Massey Football Ratings (including all NCHSAA classifications, from a total of 401 schools), Richmond is the highest rated SEC team, ranked 3rd overall, with the fourth toughest schedule, the fifth ranked offense and the fifth ranked defense. Meanwhile, Scotland is ranked 33rd with the 12 toughest schedule.
Currently Pinecrest is ranked 54th. Their schedule is ranked 270 out of 401, they have the 65th best offense and 58th ranked defense.
In the same computer-based poll Lumberton is ranked 75th, falling 39 spots after its 50-33 loss to Laney in week 6. But the Pirates are the 18th ranked offense in the state, and their schedule rank is 228
Swett is ranked 117th, and Hoke is the 116 ranked team, but the Bucks schedule is ranked 57th.
Another popular prep site is MaxPreps.com, which does rankings for each division in North Carolina high school football. In MaxPreps' NCHSAA 4A Rankings, Richmond is ranked fifth, Scotland 14th and Lumberton is 39th
Then comes Pinecrest, ranked 41st, followed by Swett at 60 and Hoke at 69.
So what do PHS Patriot Football supporters think of all this?
Also -- I would love to hear opinions from all other local high school sports fans in our county (or those from people that follow our county's teams for that matter)