By RYAN HERMAN
Another statewide football poll, another top ranking for East Lincoln.
The Mustangs debuted at No. 1 in the season’s first Associated Press statewide media 2A poll on Tuesday, as voted on by high school sportswriters across the state.
East Lincoln (2-0) received eight of a possible 10 first-place votes. Reidsville and Elizabeth City Northeastern received one first-place vote each.
Rounding out the top 10 are Reidsville (2-0), Carrboro (2-0), Northeastern (2-0), Monroe (2-0), North Rowan (2-0), Kinston (2-0), Southwest Onslow (1-1), Madison County (2-0) and Shelby (1-1).
Before the season began the Mustangs were ranked first in a pair of preseason 2A polls published by the websites NCPreps.com and CarolinaGridiron.com. They were also picked to win the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference by its coaches.
East Lincoln, which went 16-0 last season on its way to its first state football title in school history, has won its first two games this season by an average of 28 points.
The Mustangs are averaging 42 points and 390 yards of total offense thus far. Their defense is allowing 14 points and 182 yards per contest.
South Iredell (2-0), last year’s state 2AA champion and a part of the new North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference –– along with North Lincoln –– is ranked sixth in the 3A poll.
Tarboro (1-1), which East Lincoln defeated in the title game last season, is ranked fourth in the 1A classification. The Vikings lost to Washington 20-14 last week.
South Point, which defeated Lincolnton 49-0 last week, is ranked third in the 3A classification. Charlotte Mallard Creek is the state’s top-ranked 4A team.