EL, LHS open season ranked
The high school football season is one week away, and East Lincoln and Lincolnton will open it with a top 10 ranking.
The Mustangs and Wolves are ranked seventh and 10th, respectively, in NCPreps.com’s 2014 preseason Baker’s Dozen 2A poll.
Shelby opens the season as the classification’s top-ranked team, while Southwest Onslow, Reidsville, North Rowan and High Point Andrews round out the top five.
Coming in sixth is Monroe, followed by East Lincoln, Elizabeth City Northeastern and Jacksonville Northside as the Wolves round out the top 10.
Eleventh is Washington, Winston-Salem Carver is 12th, and East Bladen wraps up the poll at 13.
The poll is voted on by the state’s head coaches. East Lincoln, which lost to Monroe in the third round of the NCHSAA state 2AA playoffs last season, was ranked eighth in the final 2013 Baker’s Dozen poll. Lincolnton, which lost to Reidsville, also in the third round, was not ranked last season.
Lincolnton recruit Darian Roseboro is considered the third best recruit and second at his position in the state by the website. Topping the list of top 30 recruits for the class of 2015 –– Roseboro will graduate in December –– is West Forsyth defensive end Jalen Dalton.
Both are uncommitted, and Roseboro has said he will announce his college commitment on Aug. 29. His top six schools are Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee.
Roseboro was also named to CarolinaGridiron.com’s preseason All-Gridiron team, which was announced on Thursday.
East Lincoln opens the season next Friday by hosting East Gaston while Lincolnton opens on the road at county rival North Lincoln.
2014 SEASON PREVIEW
The Lincoln Times-News will publish its annual high school football preview section with Wednesday’s edition.