McBEE — A statewide prep sports website has ranked McBee as the No. 2 football team in Class A competition.
The High School Sports Report released its 2015 preseason poll rankings last week. McBee comes in behind the No. 1-ranked Christ Church in the standings.
A perennial powerhouse, Christ Church holds the state’s longest winning streak at 54 consecutive games. But HSSR publisher Billy G. Baker notes in a release announcing the preseason poll that “McBee is an upstart team that won the state track meet in May with several up and coming prospects.”
Charlie Poole begins his fifth season as McBee’s coach and his team tied a school record for wins with 11 last year when the Panthers lost in the upper state finals against Christ Church.
Quarterback and linebacker Jordan Fair will lead the Panthers’ power offense.
CHERAW RANKED 7TH
HSSR ranked the Cheraw Braves No. 7 in its poll of 20 Class AA teams. Chesterfield snagged the 20th spot in the rankings.
The AA team to beat is No. 1-ranked Dillon, led by quarterback Avery McCall. He could become the first quarterback in state history to win four state championships if the Wildcats can repeat last year’s performance.
“This is the best team I’ve coached at Dillon to date and we expect to compete for a state championship,” head coach Jackie Hayes told the HSSR’s Baker. “We have no problem at all being ranked number one in the pre-season but winning that last game at the end is our main goal.”
The Wildcats return 16 starters from a 14-0 team lat year and have depth at every position, Baker notes. A few other key players returning include running backs Jamison Chapman and Johnny Allen at running back and Adonis Sealey and Harley Mincey are back along the offensive line.
MARLBORO IN TOP 5
Two area teams made a strong showing in the HSSR’s Class AAA poll. Hartsville came in at No. 4, trailing top-ranked Greer, runner-up South Pointe and third-place Myrtle Beach. Marlboro County is fifth among the 20 ranked teams.
South Pointe (12-3) dominated Hartsville in the AAA state finals last year and the Stallions come into the season ranked second led by senior quarterback Greg Ruff (5-9,175) who completed 209 0f 295 passes for 2,669 yards and 33 touchdowns last year, Baker wrote.
For scores, standings and team profiles throughout the season, visit the High School Sports Report online at www.hssr.com.