Rivals.com continues its 2013 countdown, ranking the teams from No. 1 through No. 100.
We are started at No. 100 are releasing two groups of five teams per day. The Top 10 will be announced over two days, with the preseason No. 1 being named on Aug. 8.
After that, we will wait until the first week of September for the next rankings, then have them every Monday during the season.
Top 100 countdown
No. 75 South Panola, Mississippi
Coach: Lance Pogue Last Season: 13-2, won Class 6A state title Key Player: After blowing through the South Panola passing record book as a junior, quarterback Rip Kirk will be asked to lead the team again. Last season, Kirk transferred in with plenty of hype after the 2011 version of South Panola faltered without a viable quarterback. He surpassed most every expectation. The Tigers won a national title in 2010 by running the ball at a nearly 5-to-1 clip and playing stingy defense; in 2012, it was down to 2-to-1 favoring the rush and a little looser version of defense. The Good: Kirk will not be the lone contributor in what may be a high-scoring offense. As a sophomore, he led the team with 1,436 yards on 253 carries after a slow start. In the first two games of the season, he carried only 17 times for 62 yards before his continual progression culminated in a 208-yard performance in the state title game. The Bad: Usually known for its defense, the program took two steps back last year. Even though it won a state title, it ended the year unranked nationally. Its two worst defeats came in its out-of-state contests, where it lost by a combined 76-16 against Hoover (Ala.) High and Bentonville (Ark.) High. There is some turnover on that side of the ball, but the defense will need to be much better after it was in multiple high-scoring contests last season. The Bottom Line: Mississippi football has been down the last few seasons after a three-year run in which it was moving in a positive direction. South Panola will open its season on television against Memphis (Tenn.) White Station in what should be a relatively easy win before taking on five quality opponents in six weeks. That will answer a lot of questions about the program and its defense.
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No. 74 Ocean Lakes, Virginia
Coach: Chris Scott Last Season: 14-1, lost in Division 6 state finals. Ranked No. 69 in RivalsHigh 100 Key Player: Now the leader of the offense, pro-style quarterback Walter Harold -- or "Churchie," as he is called by teammates -- will be looked on to push the Dolphins to a state title. Harold took over in the playoffs last season when Corwin Cutler went down with an injury. Harold fared OK in his contests, but the offense was not the same. Harold has above-average footwork in the pocket and can pick up yards when he needs to, but he is far from a dual-threat player. The Good: The defense allowed only 118 points last season, and the bulk of it is back. The biggest strength again will be on the defensive line, where four-star Derrick Nnadi anchors the middle. He is flanked by Tony Baird and Masaddiq Walton. Nnadi is ranked inside the Rivals250 presented by Under Armour while Baird and Walton hold offers from Navy. The trio will keep the opposition from gaining traction, and they are a major reason Ocean Lakes is favored to win the state title. The Bad: After averaging 45 points for the first 12 games last season, the team scored only 45 points total in the three games when Harold was the quarterback. Granted, he was asked to perform against three of the best teams in the state -- Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith, Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton, and Chesterfield (Va.) Bird -- but the results are worrisome. He will have weapons at his disposal this year and a full offseason of prep to gain confidence, but his development will be the linchpin for this team. The Bottom Line: Among Ocean Lakes, Centreville, Oscar Smith, Hylton and Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor, there is little separating the top of Virginia and ranking can be very fluid. Parity has been a keyword in the commonwealth, and this year that could reign supreme again. The more difficult regular-season tests come from Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox and Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem, but those are both well into the year and there could be an early judgment made on this squad, depending on how the offense looks against lesser competition.
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No. 73 Union, Oklahoma
Coach: Kirk Fridrich Last Season: 10-3, lost in Class 6A semifinals Key Player: In an offense that likes to run the ball at a nearly 2-to-1 rate, it will be on the legs of senior running back Justin Silmon and junior Terrel Buchanan. The pair split the carries last year almost evenly. Silmon had 156 attempts and Buchanan 146. The results were nearly identical, as well. Silmon gained 1,149 yards to Buchanan's 1,081. Silmon also bested Buchanan in touchdowns by one, 15-14. The pair each averaged more than 90 yards per game, and that again figures to be the formula this season. The Good: The offense is losing its quarterback, but along with its two-headed rushing attack Union is returning its second-leading receiver from last year in three-star Oklahoma commit Jeffery Mead and its 6-foot-7 tight end, Carson Meier. There is still a battle to determine who will be the one making the calls under center, but with three lineman back the offense should be in capable hands. The choice will come from a roster that always has 100-plus players. The Bad: The defense was not great last season. It gave up plenty of points -- including 41 in the playoff loss to Jenks (Okla.) High. The Redskins will have to replace seven of their nine top tacklers, the only player who had more than five sacks and all four players who had more than one interception. The Bottom Line: Union and Jenks are usually tied together in the rankings until one separates from the other, and this season will be no different. The Oklahoma programs will flip Texas opponents as Union will square off with DeSoto while Jenks has Euless Trinity. Union played tough last season in the contest, but the matchup with DeSoto may expose more holes. The first two weeks of the season may result in two bad losses and a drop out of the rankings.
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No. 72 Jenks, Oklahoma
Coach: Allan Trimble Last Season: 12-2, Class 6A state champions. Ranked No. 29 in RivalsHigh 100 Key Player: In what may become an impressive rotation of talent, one of Brett Tye, Darwin Thompson and Cameron Booty will be asked to pick up the slack left by the graduation of Trey'Vonne Barr'e. Barr'e carried 229 times for 2,237 yards last season and scored 30 touchdowns. Tye was worked into the mix with 90 carries and 558 yards, and Thompson was given 72 carries. Booty transferred into the program and could factor in. The Good: The running back position may not be the highlight of the program because the defensive secondary has a pair of standouts who will make everyone in front of them better. Four-star safety Steven Parker is a known commodity, as is his two-star teammate, Dylan Harding. Both have the skills to be difference makers, and that makes this Trojans team very tough to defeat. The Bad: Jenks is in a much better position to replace its running back than its quarterback, and that is the main concern for this season. Kyle Alexander did not earn a college scholarship, but he was well above the median for high school passers as he completed 60 percent of his passes. With his departure, the team must figure out who will account for the nearly 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns he brought into the fold. The Bottom Line: Jenks is the heavy favorite to win the state championship, and it has enough talent on the roster to be a real threat to defeat Euless Trinity to open the season. If the offensive line and the quarterback can produce, this could be an undefeated season and a top 25 team. There are enough questions to hold the Trojans back until answers roll in.
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No. 71 Byrnes, South Carolina
Coach: Bobby Bentley Last Season: 12-2, lost in 4A-DII semifinals. Ranked No. 51 in RivalsHigh 100 Key Player: With plenty of talent on offense, it will be on the shoulders of the defense to return the title to Byrnes. That means linebackers Avery James and Tyreik Lyles will have to step up into the middle of the 3-3-5 defense and make plays. The back end of the Byrnes defense always tends to be eight players who are just about the same size and style of player, but those two are the standouts. Each checks in near 6-foot and right under 200 pounds, so their ability to cover as well as play the run will be beneficial. The Good: The Rebels offense has the potential to be one of the best in the country. The first name mentioned will be quarterback Shuler Bentley, who is coming off of a solid season and has been adding BCS offers through the summer. He is surrounded by talented receivers, including Greg McHam, Shaedon Meadors and class of 2015 prospect Tavin Richardson. Bobby Bentley is an aggressive play caller who looks to light up the scoreboard, and he has the firepower to do it. The Bad: Gone is former head coach and defensive coordinator Chris Miller, and the transition could take time. The Rebels gave up a ton of points last year -- nearly 20 per game -- and this unit could produce similar results. The defensive front will need to put pressure on the quarterback and do a better job of containing mobile quarterbacks. The Bottom Line: Everyone will quickly know what the defense has in the tank. The Rebels open the season with an explosive Apopka (Fla.) High team and then take on Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern and rival Gaffney (S.C.) High before the middle of October is out. There is the potential that this becomes a four-loss team, but with an undefeated season it could produce a top 10 finish.