Lynn only area team ranked in preseason football poll
by Johnathan Bentley
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Lynn's football program has racked up 29 wins over the last three seasons.

That success hasn't escaped the attention of the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). The Bears are ranked No. 9 in the ASWA's preseason prep football poll. Lynn is the only area team ranked in the poll.

Lynn reached the No. 1 spot for the first time in school history last season after a 7-0 start. The Bears succumbed to late-season injuries down the stretch, losing their first two regular-season games. Lynn rebounded in the postseason, advancing to the second round before losing to Collinsville by a point. The Bears finished the season 9-3.

Head coach Philip Smith has guided Lynn to the postseason seven straight years — the longest such streak in school history.

Four other area teams received votes in the poll, with Oakman finishing just outside of the poll in Class 2A. The Wildcats finished 8-4 last season and placed nine votes behind 10th ranked G.W. Long.

In Class 5A, Walker (6-5 last season) received three votes. Cullman, the Vikings' Week 1 opponent, finished just outside the rankings, just 10 votes behind No. 10 Center Point.

Two area teams picked up votes in Class 1A. Addison placed out of the rankings, one point behind No. 10 Berry. Parrish earned five votes.

Here is a look at the complete poll, including all schools receiving votes, with first-place votes and the 2011 record in parentheses.

Class 6A

1. Hoover (31) (13-2) 372

2. Clay-Chalkville-& (1-9) 247

3. Auburn (8-2) 189

4. McGill-Toolen (11-2) 181

5. Spain Park (5-6) 155

6. Daphne (10-2) 102

7. Oxford (12-2) 82

8. Carver-Montgomery (7-4) 80

9t. Vestavia Hills (7-5) 77

9t. Northridge (10-2) 77

Others receiving votes: Prattville (12-2) 47, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (12-1) 41, Gadsden City (6-5) 33, Hueytown-* (13-1) 24, Mountain Brook (12-1) 21, Austin (7-4) 15, Fairhope (10-3) 8, Bob Jones (10-2) 7, Davidson (7-4) 4, Central-Phenix City (11-3) 2, Huntsville (8-4) 2, Florence (7-3) 1.

*-Class 5A in 2011; &-Forfeited nine games in 2011 due to an ineligible player.

 

Class 5A

1. Hartselle (19) (15-0) 316

2. Muscle Shoals (5) (11-2) 262

3. Pinson Valley (3) (9-3) 245

4. St. Paul’s (2) (11-2) 217

5. Homewood-* (1) (5-5) 194

6. Jackson-** (15-0) 188

7. Vigor (1) (12-3) 70

8. Eufaula (10-2) 60

9. Briarwood Chr. (12-2) 46

10. Center Point (11-2) 44        

Others receiving votes: Cullman (8-4) 34, Spanish Fort (9-4) 24, Fort Payne (10-2) 24, Demopolis (6-5) 16, Etowah (10-2) 9, Valley (9-3) 7, Athens (4-7) 6, Walker (6-5) 3, Greenville (11-1) 1, Russellville (5-6) 1.

*-Class 6A in 2011; **-Class 4A in 2011

 

Class 4A

1. Oneonta (20) (12-3) 327

2. Handley-** (5) (15-0) 250

3. Dadeville (2) (12-1) 234

4. UMS-Wright (1) (9-5) 184

5. N. Jackson (1) (11-1) 174

6. Thomasville (2) (10-2) 173

7. Bibb Co. (12-1) 84

8. Central-Clay Co.-*** 74

9. Anniston (9-5) 73

10. Beauregard (10-2) 42 

Others receiving votes: Andalusia (10-1) 33, Sardis-** (9-2) 24, Brooks (8-3) 20, Rogers-** (11-3) 16, Fairview (7-4) 10, Madison Co.-* (4-6) 10, Charles Henderson-* (6-6) 9, Calera (4-6) 8, Tallassee-* (4-7) 6, Guntersville (8-3) 5, J.O. Johnson-&* (0-10) 5, Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-5) 4, St. James (8-3) 2.

*-Class 5A in 2011; **-Class 3A in 2011; ***-New school; &-Forfeited five games in 2011 due to ineligible player.

 

Class 3A

1. Leeds-& (11) (0-13) 297

2. Deshler-* (13) (11-2) 293

3. Piedmont (1) (12-1) 242

4. Madison Acad. (6) (12-3) 233

5. Bayside Acad. (11-1) 129

6. Abbeville (9-2) 121

7. Midfield-* (6-5) 112

8. Lauderdale Co. (11-2) 105

9. T.R. Miller (9-3) 78

10. Hamilton (8-3) 37

Others receiving votes: Fayette Co.-* (9-4) 25, Gordo (9-3) 25, Hanceville (10-1) 23, American Chr.-** (12-2) 16, Elkmont (7-5) 8, Straughn-* (6-5) 7, Trinity (6-5) 5, Excel (3-7) 3, Greene Co.-* (7-4) 3, Geraldine (5-6) 2, Montevallo (4-6) 2, Opp (6-5) 1.

*-Class 4A in 2011; **-Class 2A in 2011; &-Forfeited 10 wins after the 2011 season due to ineligible player.

 

Class 2A

1. Elba (22) (15-0) 339  

2. Fultondale (4) (10-3) 272

3. Tanner (1) (14-1) 252

4. Sweet Water-** (2) (10-4) 196          

5. Washington Co.-* (2) (9-3) 188

6. Reeltown (8-4) 123

7. Fyffe (11-1) 105

8. Vincent (9-3) 56

9. Sheffield-* (9-3) 55         

10. G.W. Long (9-2) 48

Others receiving votes: Oakman (8-4) 39, N. Sand Mountain (9-2) 32, Flomaton (11-2) 18, Woodland (8-5) 13, Walter Wellborn-* (9-3) 9, LaFayette (7-4) 6, Sand Rock (6-5) 6, Leroy (8-5) 4, Montgomery Acad.-* (3-7) 3, Southern Choctaw (8-3) 2, Luverne-* (7-4) 1.

*-Class 3A in 2011; **-Class 1A in 2011.

 

Class 1A

1. Marion Co. (19) (14-1) 297

2. Linden (6) (13-2) 285

3. Maplesville (2) (12-1) 219

4. Ragland (1) (13-1) 213

5. Brantley (1) (10-2) 192   

6. Pickens Co. (11-2) 179          

7. R.A. Hubbard (2) (7-4) 121

8. Cedar Bluff (6-6) 106     

9. Lynn (9-3) 38

10. Berry (10-2) 28

Others receiving votes: Addison (9-2) 27, Collinsville (11-2) 17, Geneva Co. (6-6) 15, St. Jude (9-2) 7, Pleasant Home (8-4) 6, Winterboro (10-2) 6, Parrish (4-6) 5, Hackleburg (7-4) 3, McKenzie (6-4) 3.

 

AISA

1. Edgewood Acad. (24) (13-0) 351

2. Bessemer Acad. (6) (12-1) 249

3. Glenwood Acad. (8-6) 194

4. Autauga Acad. (12-2) 165

5. Jackson Acad. (12-1) 142

6. Fort Dale Acad. (4-7) 127

7. Pike Liberal (6-4) 105

8. Monroe Acad. (1) (11-2) 102

9. Lee-Scott (7-4) 98

10. Sumter Acad. (9-4) 73

Others receiving votes: Tuscaloosa Acad. (9-2) 59, Springwood (9-2) 29, Clarke Prep (7-4) 19, Restoration (3-7) 16, Crenshaw Chr. (11-1) 15, Coosa Valley (3-7) 8, Patrician Acad. (10-3) 7, Sparta Acad. (4-7) 5, Escambia Acad. (8-5) 2, Morgan Acad. (8-4) 1.