Reuben's Southeastern 4A Conference 2012 Regular Season Football Predictions
Blog: The Reuben Davis Blog
August 9, 2012
The Southeastern 4A conference had a banner year last season with all six conference teams making the playoffs as well as Scotland High going undefeated and winning the state 4A football championship.
This season, the Fighting Scots will have their work cut out for them as they try to win a second state title. Folks in Richmond County are expecting a "return to order" as the Raiders of Richmond Senior will try to reclaim the SE 4A conference title and avenge last year's 41-7 loss to the Fighting Scots. Richmond was a very young team last year and was also hit with injuries. The Raiders should be more experienced this season and hopefully will stay healthy this season if they want to have a chance at a conference title as well as a deep playoff run.
Though Scotland loses three dozen seniors from last year's team, former Jack Britt head coach and new Scotland head football coach Richard Bailey will have the Fighting Scots ready for battle this season, and Bailey will have the talent to make a deep run in the 4A or 4AA playoffs. It's too early to know which bracket the Scots will fall into, but no matter where they land, they will make a run for another state title.
The remainder of the conference teams will be fighting for third place. I am also predicting that at least five teams will make the playoffs. Out of nearly 100 football teams in the 4A classification, 64 teams will go to the playoffs, the biggest 32 go to the 4AA bracket and the smallest 32 teams go into the 4A bracket. Also, with 64 teams making the playoffs, you will have some teams with losing records get in, and more or less, that's how Pinecrest got in there with a 5-6 record. With all those factors in mind, Hoke County wound up being the smallest school in the 4AA bracket, whereas with just a handful of students less, Scotland wound up in the 4A bracket. And of course, as they say, the rest is history ...
Getting back to conference battles, Hoke will edge out Purnell Swett, Lumberton and Pinecrest for third place. The Bucks have a lot of athletic talent, as well as good size on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Purnell Swett may not have the best or most talent, but head coach Mark Heil knows how get the most out of the talent he has and will be competitive in the league.
Lumberton will have another strong defensive unit, but the offense seems to be an unknown entity. Last season, the defense did a lot more to help the Pirates win football games as opposed to the offense. Also, this will be head coach Mike Brill's last season for the Pirates as he plans to retire from coaching.
Pinecrest seems to be a mirror image of Lumberton. The Patriots will be strong on defense, but the offense is an unknown and will be tested. Defense may win ball games, but the Patriots success will depend on whether the offense can put up points.
Could this be a season where anyone can beat anyone in conference play on any given night? Only time will tell ...
Southeastern 4A Conference
- Richmond Senior, 5-0 conference, 10-0 overall
- Scotland, 4-1, 9-1
- Hoke County, 3-2, 7-4
- Purnell Swett, 2-3, 6-4
- Lumberton, 1-4, 5-5
- Pinecrest, 0-5, 4-7