ROCKINGHAM — There were no surprises amongst the three Southeastern Conference schools guaranteed a spot in the football playoffs with the release of the Average Daily Membership numbers.
Richmond Senior is the 14th largest school in the state with 2,344 students, Pinecrest is 24th with 2,150 students and Scotland is 55th with 1,780 students.
As it stands currently after plugging in the teams into the brackets with either a guaranteed spot in the 4A playoffs or ones with at least five victories there will only be one wild-card berth available come Saturday morning.
This doesn’t include or forecast Friday’s contests where those five-win schools could turn into six-win squads or the teams with four victories put another on the board to inch up to five.
If everything were to hold true, Richmond and Pinecrest would be placed in the 4AA bracket, while Scotland would slide down to the 4A classification by the selection committee.
Looking at the geography breakdown as to whether the Raiders would go east or west is still up in the air. Richmond will have to watch the scoreboard Friday night because early projections see the team going west, but this depends on the results from those bubble teams.
Since 2001, the Raiders have been sent to the west bracket 10 times and to the east just twice, including last season.
Raiders fall in latest poll
ROCKINGHAM — Following Richmond Senior’s loss to Pinecrest, the Raiders took a tumble in the latest Associated Press North Carolina football poll.
Richmond dropped five spots to ninth this week, while Pinecrest jumped into the poll at No. 8.
Mallard Creek maintained the top spot with 11 of the 12 first-place ballots. Scotland remained second, grabbing the other top vote, and Dudley stayed at No. 3. Hough, West Forsyth, East Forsyth and Charlotte Catholic all moved up a spot from third to seventh. North Davidson rounded out the top 10.
In the NCPreps poll, Richmond was listed as an honorable mention with five votes. Mallard Creek was still No. 1 with six first-place votes followed by Scotland, which earned the other first-place ballot. Dudley checked in at third, followed by West Forsyth, Hough, East Forsyth, North Davidson, Charlotte Catholic, Mooresville and Knightdale. Pinecrest was 13th.
Richmond is 15th in the latest CarolinaPreps.com power rankings, falling 10 spots. Mallard Creek, Scotland, Dudley and Hough remained steady at the top. West Forsyth and Charlotte Catholic jump to fifth and sixth, respectively. East Forsyth, Pinecrest, Butler and Hillside were ranked No. 7 to 10.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.