December 22, 2011

Expanded Rankings: A look at the South

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It's the most often-asked question: How does RivalsHigh keep track of the Top 100 teams in the country?

The answer often surprises folks: By keeping track of well more than twice that number of teams.

Maintaining state and region lists throughout the year helps us elevate teams as needed.

And while some never quite make the Top 100, we know they are of top quality and deserve recognition.

That's what the rest of the week is for. Going by our five geographical areas (Atlantic East, South, Lakes, Heartland and West), we'll reveal our lists for each state or region.

The group is lead by the Top 40 in Florida, but has a host of talented states.

  • A Top 20 for Georgia;
  • A Top 15 for Louisiana
  • And Top 10s for Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennssee;
  • When the week is out we will have ranked 500 teams that help get the final list to 100.

    Alabama Top 10 for 2011
    A very typical season for Alabama high school football in 2011. A top-heavy group of state winners and some depth below it. The state produces a lot of top-notch football players and a handful of top-notch teams.
    Team RecordHow it fared
    Prattville (Ala.) High12-2 Won Class 6A title over Hoover
    Hoover (Ala.) High13-2 Class 6A runner-up
    Oxford (Ala.) High12-2 Class 6A semifinalist
    Birmingham (Ala.) Mountain Brook12-1 Class 6A quarterfinalist
    Phenix City (Ala.) Central11-3 Class 6A semifinalist
    Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen11-2 Class 6A quarterfinalist
    Daphne (Ala.) High10-2 Eliminated in Class 6A second round by Prattville
    Hartselle (Ala.) High15-0 Won Class 5A title over Vigor
    Prichard (Ala.) Vigor12-3 Class 5A runner-up
    Hueytown (Ala.) High13-1 Class 5A semifinalist

    Arkansas Top 10 for 2011
    The Natural State has started to gain in depth but it still has a few years to go. The top-end teams are all quality opponents that could play in most any state. (More:
    Team RecordHow it fared
    Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy14-0 Won Class 4A title over Malvern
    Fayetteville (Ark.) High12-2 Won Class 7A title over Bentonville
    Bentonville (Ark.) High12-1 Class 7A runner-up
    El Dorado (Ark.) High13-1 Won Class 6A title over Lake Hamilton
    Greenwood (Ark.) High14-0 Won Class 5A title over Batesville
    Pearcy (Ark.) Lake Hamilton12-2 Class 6A runner-up
    Batesville (Ark.) High11-3 Class 5A runner-up
    West Memphis (Ark.) High13-1 Won Class 6A title over Lake Hamilton
    Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside8-4 Eliminated in Class 7A first round
    North Little Rock (Ark.) High9-3 Class 7A quarterfinalist

    Florida Top 40 for 2011
    One of the top states in the country for high school football is again loaded with talented teams. The state may have been have more quality teams this year with fewer elite teams but that seemed to be the calling card across the country for the 2011 season. (More:
    Team RecordHow it fared
    Seffner (Fla.) Armwood15-0 Won Class 6A title over Miami Central
    Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee13-2 Won Class 7A title over First Coast
    Miami (Fla.) Norland15-0 Won Class 5A title over Wakulla
    Tampa (Fla.) Plant14-1 Won Class 8A title over Miramar
    Miramar (Fla.) High13-1 Class 8A runner-up
    Miami (Fla.) Central13-1 Class 6A runner-up
    Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central12-1 Class 5A quarterfinalist
    Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer12-2 Class 7A semifinalist
    Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas10-3 Class 7A quarterfinalist
    Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage12-1 Won Class 3A title over Madison County
    Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles13-1 Won Class 4A title over Booker T. Washington
    Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington12-2 Class 4A runner-up
    Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast13-1 Class 7A runner-up
    Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland12-2 Class 6A semifinalist
    Miami (Fla.) Columbus10-3 Class 8A semifinalist
    Palmetto (Fla.) High12-2 Class 5A semifinalist
    St. Johns (Fla.) Bartram Trail12-2 Class 6A semifinalist
    Lakeland (Fla.) High13-1 Class 7A semifinalisst
    Madison (Fla.) Madison County12-2 Class 3A runner-up
    Ft. Pierce (Fla.) Central9-2 Class 7A quarterfinalist
    Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay9-4 Class 6A quarterfinalist
    Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit9-3 Eliminated in Class 6A second round
    Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher11-3 Class 8A semifinalist
    Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian13-0 Won Class 2A title over Admiral Farragut
    Cocoa (Fla.) High8-5 Class 4A semifinalist
    Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla12-3 Class 5A runner-up
    Dade City (Fla.) Pasco13-1 Class 5A semifinalist
    Orange Park (Fla.) Fleming Island11-3 Eliminated in Class 7A second round
    Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln9-2 Eliminated in Class 7A first round
    Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School12-1 Class 3A quarterfinalist
    Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby9-3 Eliminated in Class 5A second round
    Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips10-2 Eliminated in Class 8A second round
    Gainesville (Fla.) High11-4 Class 6A quarterfinalist
    Cooper City (Fla.) High10-2 Eliminated in Class 7A second round
    Miami (Fla.) Northwestern7-3 Did not qualify for playoffs
    Venice (Fla.) High9-2 Eliminated in Class 7A second round
    Pace (Fla.) High11-3 Class 6A quarterfinalist
    Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay8-4 Eliminated in Class 8A second round
    Miami (Fla.) Jackson8-4 Eliminated in Class 5A second round
    DeLand (Fla.) High10-2 Eliminated in Class 8A second round

    Georgia Top 20 for 2011
    Georgia is a state that usually has its teams littered throughout the national rankings. This year the overall level of teams was on the rise and it showed with more nationally ranked teams and many more quality squads.
    Team RecordHow it fared
    Loganville (Ga.) Grayson14-0 Won Class AAAAA title over Walton
    Tucker (Ga.) High16-0 Won Class AAAA title over Lovejoy
    Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside13-1 Class AAAA semifinalist
    Moultire (Ga.) Colquitt County11-3 Class AAAAA semifinalist
    Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County12-1 Class AAAAA quarterfinalist
    Marietta (Ga.) Walton14-1 Class AAAAA runner-up
    Calhoun (Ga.) High15-0 Won Class AA title over Buford
    Buford (Ga.) High14-1 Class AA runner-up
    Lovejoy (Ga.) High14-1 Class AAAA runner-up
    Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter10-4 Class AAAAA semifinalist
    Warner Robins (Ga.) High11-3 Class AAAA semifinalist
    Lithonia (Ga.) King12-1 Class AAAAA quarterfinalist
    Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern10-2 Eliminated in Class AAAAA second round
    Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett10-2 Eliminated in Class AAAAA second round
    Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes8-4 Eliminated in Class AAAAA second round
    Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson9-2 Eliminated in Class AAAAA first round
    Flowery Branch (Ga.) High11-2 Class AAAA quarterfinalist
    Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County 14-1 Won Class AAA title over Peach County
    Gainesville (Ga.) High12-2 Class AAA semifinalist
    Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek12-1 Class AAA quarterfinalist

    Louisiana Top 15 for 2011
    High school football in Louisiana has long been underrated nationally. There are plenty of very good players on very good teams this year was a major step forward. (More:
    Team RecordHow it fared
    River Ridge (La.) John Curtis14-0 Won Class 2A title over Winnifield
    Monroe (La.) Neville14-0 Won Class 4A title over Karr
    West Monroe (La.) High13-2 Won Class 5A title over Carencro
    Lafayette (La.) Carencro13-2 Class 5A runner-up
    Shreveport (La.) Byrd 12-1 Class 5A title semifinalist
    LaPlace (La.) St. Charles Catholic15-0 Won Class 3A title over Amite
    Mandeville (La.) High11-3 Class 5A semifinalist
    New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr11-4 Class 4A runner-up
    Amite (La.) High13-1 Class 3A runner-up
    New Orleans (La.) Jesuit12-1 Class 5A quarterfinalist
    Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish9-3 Eliminated in Class 5A second round
    Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel10-2 Class 5A quarterfinalist
    Lutcher (La.) High12-2 Class 4A semifinalist
    Breaux Bridge (La.) High 12-2 Class 4A semifinalist
    Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More11-2 Class 4A quarterfinalist

    Mississippi Top 10 for 2011
    This was a bit of a down season in Mississippi football and coming off of a stellar 2011 we dropped our final rankings from a Top 15 to a Top 10. (More:
    Team RecordHow it fared
    Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette16-0 Won Class 4A title over Laurel
    Olive Branch (Miss.) High15-0 Won Class 6A title over Petal
    Madison (Miss.) Madison Central11-3 Class 6A semifinalist
    Picayune (Miss.) High12-2 Won Class 5A title over Starkville
    Petal (Miss.) High10-5 Class 6A runner-up
    Meridian (Miss.) High13-1 Class 6A semifinalist
    Laurel (Miss.) High13-2 Class 4A runner-up
    Starkville (Miss.) High12-3 Class 5A runner-up
    Brandon (Miss.) Northwest Rankin11-2 Eliminated in Class 6A second round by Olive Branch
    Charleston (Miss.) High14-2 Won Class 3A title over Hazelhurst

    Tennessee Top 10 for 2011
    Tennessee took a big step forward as its Final Four in Class 6A were all national relevant and its Division II finalists were both among the teams considered for national rankings.
    Team RecordHow it fared
    Maryville (Tenn.) High15-0 Won Class 6A title over Whitehaven
    Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth12-1 Won Division II-AA title over Baylor
    Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven14-1 Class 6A runner-up
    Paris (Tenn.) Henry County15-0 Won Class 5A title over Powell
    Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor11-2 Division II-AA runner-up
    Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Riverdale13-1 Class 6A semifinalist
    Greenville (Tenn.) High14-1 Won Class 4A title over Maplewood
    Mt. Juliet (Tenn.) High13-1 Class 6A semifinalist
    Powell (Tenn.) High14-1 Class 5A runner-up
    Knoxville (Tenn.) Christian Academy13-2 Won Class 3 title over Milan is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
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