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ASWA Preseason High School Football Poll

By: Brad Sherwood Email
By: Brad Sherwood Email

With the start of the season come the preseason expectations. A handful of our local teams are in the Alabama Sports Writers Preseason Poll.

Defending Class 1A Champ Brantley starts the season at #3. Two-time defending AISA Champ Pike Liberal Arts Starts the year at #1.

We've got a pair of local squads in the Class 2A rankings. The Elba Tigers come into this season at #3. The Tigers were 11-1 a year ago. They'll see if they can make it back to the playoffs this time around.

Meanwhile, the sports writers have penciled in the Cottonwood Bears in the #5 spot. The Bears managed a 6-4 record last season. Toby Greene has had some good teams out there, so we'll season what this season brings.

Finally, Luverne is the 9th ranked team in Class 3A.

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The preseason Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings with first-place votes in parentheses, last year’s record, poll points and position in last year’s final poll:

CLASS 6A
1. Hoover (35), 14-1, 429, 5
2. Prattville (1), 12-3, 319, 2
3. Davidson, 10-3, 247, --
4. Vestavia Hills, 9-2, 243, 3
5. Gadsden City, 11-3, 216, 9
6. Spain Park, 10-3, 170, --
7. Auburn, 13-1, 148, 1
8. Bob Jones, 11-2, 73, 8
9. McGill-Toolen, 7-4, 64, --
10. Clay-Chalkville, 8-3, 58, --

Others receiving votes: Florence (9-3) 33, Enterprise (7-4) 31, Daphne (6-7) 7, Homewood (5-5) 6, Fairhope (11-1) 5, Oxford (8-3) 3.

CLASS 5A
1. Russellville (15), 12-3, 350, 5
2. Demopolis (15), 12-3, 333, --
3. McAdory (4), 11-2, 284, 7
4. Spanish Fort (1), 11-3, 263, 6
5. *Hueytown, 5-5, 182, --
6. Hartselle, 10-3, 166, 8
7. Vigor (1), 8-4, 152, --
8. Cullman, 12-1, 96, 1
9. Briarwood, 9-4, 95, 10
10. Tallassee, 8-3, 30, --

Others receiving votes: LeFlore (9-4) 22, Eufaula (6-5) 21, Muscle Shoals (9-3) 14, Athens (8-4) 12, Pleasant Grove (6-5) 12, Walker (9-3) 12, Greenville (11-1) 4, Fort Payne (8-3) 1, Shelby Co. (9-2) 1, St. Paul’s (6-4) 1, Valley (7-4) 1.

*--Class 6A in 2009.

CLASS 4A
1. UMS-Wright (25), 10-3, 377, 7
2. Jackson (5), 13-2, 319, 5
3. Thomasville (3), 10-2, 302, 6
4. Deshler (1), 12-2, 225, 3
5. North Jackson, 9-4, 177, --
6. Cherokee Co. (1), 15-0, 161, 1
7. *Straughn, 9-4, 156, --
8. Bibb Co. (1), 12-1, 76, 4
9. Anniston, 7-5, 66, --
10. Calera, 8-3, 63, --

Others receiving votes: Fayette Co. (8-4) 53, Midfield (11-2) 33, Andalusia (6-5) 19, *Dadeville (10-2) 12, Cleburne Co. (3-7) 8, W.S. Neal (2-8) 4, Brooks (8-3) 1.

*--Class 3A in 2009.

CLASS 3A
1. Leeds (17), 11-3, 361, T6
2. Cordova (12), 13-2, 304, 2
3. T.R. Miller (4), 10-2, 289, 3
4. Piedmont (2), 13-2, 258, T6
5. Hamilton, 11-2, 173, 9
6. *Clay Co., 13-2, 163, --
7. **Handley (1), 13-1, 158, --
8. Madison Aca., 12-1, 77, 5
9. Luverne, 10-4, 59, --
10. Trinity, 11-1, 53, 1

Others receiving votes: Pike Co. (9-1) 50, **Plainview (6-5) 25, **Hokes Bluff (5-5) 18, **Opp (7-5) 17, *Washington Co. (10-3) 15, Glencoe (9-3) 14, **Saks (8-4) 10, Pisgah (8-3) 4, Gordo (7-5) 3, *Excel (6-5) 1.

*--Class 2A in 2009. **--Class 4A in 2009.

CLASS 2A
1. Reeltown (33), 14-1, 423, 1
2. Leroy (3), 10-3, 330, 2
3. Elba, 11-1, 242, 3
4. Ider, 11-2, 216, --
5. Cottonwood, 6-4, 189, --
6. Westbrook Chr., 9-3, 161, --
7. Fyffe, 8-3, 151, 10
8. Tanner, 10-2, 132, 7
9. Lineville, 9-3, 88, --
10. Lamar Co., 13-1, 56, 5

Others receiving votes: Red Bay (5-6) 47, *Wicksburg (3-7) 5, American Chr. (4-6) 3, *Colbert Heights (7-4) 2, Millry (8-3) 2, **Billingsley (4-6) 1, Goshen (8-4) 1, **J.U. Blacksher(5-5) 1, Lexington (10-2) 1, Sand Rock (6-4) 1.

*--Class 3A in 2009. **--Class 1A in 2009.

CLASS 1A
1. Sweet Water (28), 11-2, 408, 1
2. Linden (7), 12-1, 340, 2
3. Brantley (1), 14-1, 268, 3
4. R.A. Hubbard, 11-3, 202, 7
5. Maplesville, 10-2, 191, 4
6. *Addison, 4-6, 169, --
7. *Pickens Co., 12-2, 106, --
8. Loachapoka, 11-2, 93, 5
9. Hackleburg, 14-1, 85, 6
10. Cedar Bluff, 8-4, 50, --

Others receiving votes: Winterboro (8-4) 32, Gaston (9-4) 27, McKenzie (10-2) 27, Lynn (9-3) 20, Parrish (7-4) 17, Appalachian (10-3) 12, Gaylesville (6-5) 5.

*--Class 2A in 2009.

AISA
1. Pike Liberal Arts (20), 11-1, 351, 5
2. Fort Dale Aca. (6), 9-2, 327, 1
3. Patrician (5), 12-0, 271, 2
4. Edgewood (3), 10-2, 258, 4
5. Bessemer Aca. (2), 10-4, 249, 10
6. Crenshaw Chr., 11-2, 162, 6
7. Southern Aca., 10-2, 109, 3
8. Springwood, 7-4, 79, --
9. Escambia Aca., 7-6, 60, --
10. Lakeside, 1-8, 53, --

Others receiving votes: Restoration (5-4) 36, Prattville Chr. (7-5) 34, Monroe Aca. (11-2) 29, Morgan Aca. (7-5) 21; Lowndes Aca. (7-4) 12, Cornerstone (9-2) 1.


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