Fyffe is 3A’s No. 1 in ASWA preseason poll

As the Alabama Sports Writers Association revealed its high school football preseason favorites this weekend, the defending Class 3A state champion Fyffe Red Devils appeared atop the 3A chart.

Taking a 45-game win streak into the 2021 season, Fyffe has won three consecutive state championships — two in 2A and the 2020 title in 3A. The Red Devils, coached by Paul Benefield, haven’t lost since 2017.

Fyffe is slated to host defending 2A champion Mars Hill Bible for a preseason game Aug. 12.

Fyffe was one of two DeKalb County teams voted to the preseason list. The Plainview Bears posted at No. 7 in 3A. 

The Bears finished the 2020 season with a 10-2 overall record, including a 5-1 record in Class 3A, Region 7 play. They advanced to the second round of the state postseason for the first time under head coach Nick Ledbetter’s three-year leadership span and the first time since the 2014 season.

Plainview is scheduled to play a preseason game at Sand Rock on Aug. 20.

Here’s the complete preseason high school football rankings with first-place votes, last year’s record and total poll points:

CLASS 7A

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. Thompson (23); 14-0; 276

2. Hoover; 11-2; 191

3. Auburn; 11-2; 188

4. Hewitt-Trussville; 9-3; 171

5. Central-Phenix City; 8-5; 140

6. Theodore; 10-2; 112

7. Daphne; 10-2; 77

8. Austin; 8-3; 58

9. James Clemens; 8-3; 45

10. Enterprise; 7-4; 36

Others receiving votes: Oak Mountain (7-5) 17.

 

CLASS 6A

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. Pinson Valley (21); 12-2; 268

2. Spanish Fort; 11-4; 207

3. Clay-Chalkville (2); 11-2; 192

4. Opelika; 9-3; 140

5. Briarwood; 9-3; 139

6. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; 9-3; 102

7. McGill-Toolen; 7-3; 91

8. Mountain Brook; 11-2; 57

9. Eufaula; 9-3; 41

10. Oxford; 11-2; 23

Others receiving votes: Hartselle (7-4) 20, Helena (7-5) 10, Saraland (11-3) 9, Carver-Montgomery (7-4) 6, Homewood (7-5) 3, Pelham (8-3) 2, Fort Payne (7-4) 1.

 

CLASS 5A

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. St. Paul’s (23); 15-0; 276

2. Faith Academy; 11-2; 182

3. Pleasant Grove; 11-3; 161

4. Pike Road; 11-1; 152

5. Guntersville; 10-1; 133

6. Central-Clay County; 11-2; 102

7. Leeds; 9-3; 99

8. UMS-Wright; 8-5; 82

9. Alexandria; 11-2; 31

10. Russellville; 10-3; 28

Others receiving votes: Andalusia (7-4) 25, Tallassee (3-7) 22, Center Point (7-4) 12, East Limestone (6-4) 4, Fairview (10-2) 1, Sylacauga (7-3) 1.

 

CLASS 4A

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. Gordo (16); 13-2; 246

2. Handley (7); 12-1; 203

3. Madison Academy; 10-1; 196

4. American Christian; 13-1; 157

5. Williamson; 7-4; 122

6. Jacksonville; 7-4; 68

7. West Limestone; 11-2; 66

8. Mobile Christian; 9-2; 60

9. Vigor; 5-5; 58

10. Etowah; 9-4; 48

Others receiving votes: Jackson (6-5) 18, St. James (7-4) 16, Anniston (4-7) 13, Montevallo (6-5) 13, Deshler (6-5) 11, Madison County (8-3) 7, Bibb County (10-3) 6, Brooks (6-5) 2, Good Hope (10-2) 1.

 

CLASS 3A

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. Fyffe (21); 15-0; 270

2. Piedmont (2); 12-2; 206

3. Catholic-Montgomery; 12-2; 177

4. Hillcrest-Evergreen; 6-5; 121

5. Montgomery Academy; 13-1; 118

6. Slocomb; 10-2; 81

7. Plainview; 10-2; 80

8. Ohatchee; 11-2; 68

9. Flomaton; 8-3; 58

10. Opp; 8-4; 55

Others receiving votes: Bayside Academy (8-3) 28, Thomasville (10-2) 20, Reeltown (5-5) 12, Dadeville (6-4) 5, T.R. Miller (9-3) 5, Daleville (1-9) 3, Oakman (7-4) 2, Excel (2-8) 1, Southside-Selma (6-5) 1.

 

CLASS 2A

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. Mars Hill (17); 13-2; 255

2. Lanett (6); 10-3; 223

3. Abbeville; 12-2; 169

4. Clarke County; 8-3; 158

5. North Sand Mountain; 11-2; 131

6. Geneva County; 8-4; 105

7. Spring Garden; 12-2; 74

8. Elba; 6-4; 62

9. Westbrook Christian; 10-2; 53

10. Falkville; 8-3; 43

Others receiving votes: Red Bay (9-2) 33, West End-Walnut Grove (4-6) 3, B.B. Comer (9-2) 1, J.U. Blacksher (3-7) 1.

 

CLASS 1A

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. Brantley (19); 13-1; 261

2. Sweet Water (1); 8-3; 192

3. Pickens County (1); 11-4; 186

4. Linden (1); 14-0; 162

5. Maplesville (1); 10-2; 143

6. Decatur Heritage; 9-3; 130

7. Millry; 8-3; 86

8. McKenzie; 8-3; 52

9. Cedar Bluff; 6-5; 38

10. Loachapoka; 5-6; 33

Others receiving votes: Berry (11-2) 23, Florala (8-3) 4, Winterboro (9-2) 1.

 

AISA

Team (first-place); 2020 W-L; Pts

1. Pike Liberal Arts (23); 10-2; 276

2. Glenwood; 10-1; 198

3. Escambia Academy; 10-2; 186

4. Autauga Academy; 2-7; 160

5. Chambers Academy; 12-1; 141

6. Bessemer Academy; 8-3; 111

7. Tuscaloosa Academy; 2-7; 86

8. Macon-East; 8-5; 66

9. Patrician; 8-2; 42

10. Morgan Academy; 8-3; 27

Others receiving votes: Crenshaw Christian (10-3) 8, Sparta (6-4) 8, Abbeville Christian (10-3) 1, Monroe Academy (6-5) 1.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.