Dillon and Lake View both ranked in the top 10 in the preseason football polls entering Week Zero.
The Wildcats, defending Class 2A Division 1 state champs, were the top ranked team in Class 2A. Dillon finished the 2014 season with a 14-0 record and will enter the new season with a 23-game win streak. They dominated both their preseason outings against Lumberton and Lamar, and will open the regular season at North Myrtle Beach this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Timberland, the defending Class 2A Division II champ, was ranked second, and Newberry, the Division 1 runner-up to Dillon, was ranked third.
Loris, the only other Region 8-2A team in the rankings, was placed seventh. The Lions faced Dillon twice last year, falling 49-7 in conference play and 37-20 in the third round of the state playoffs.
The rest of the top 10 included Abbeville, Fairfield Central, Batesburg-Leesville, Loris, Chesnee, Pendleton, and Woodruff.
In Class A, Lake View’s Wild Gators ranked seventh in the preseason polls. Lake View finished as the Class A, Division II runner-up, falling 42-28 to Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in the state championship. After claiming back-to-back state titles, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler was tied for fifth place in the polls with Lamar.
Christ Church was the top-ranked team in the state in Class A. The defending Division I champs finished the 2014 season with a 14-0 record and claimed their fourth consecutive title with a 23-14 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt, who ranked fourth in the preseason polls.
McBee and Williston-Elko were ranked second and third, and Calhoun County was eighth, with Allendale-Fairfax and Lewisville rounding out the top 10.
Lake View will open their regular season this Friday at Scott’s Branch at 7:30 p.m.
In Class 3A, the top 10 teams included Myrtle Beach, South Pointe, Hartsville, Greer, Seneca, Marlboro County, Belton-Honea Path, Chapin, Union County, and Berkeley.
In Class 4A, Spartanburg was ranked first, followed by Fort Dorchester, Dutch Fork, Hillcrest, Northwestern, Dorman, Byrnes, and Westwood. York and South Florence tied for ninth place.