Bobby Carroll’s goal since taking over at his alma mater, York Comprehensive High School, in 2010 has been to build a football program, not just win in the short-term. So far, he’s doing both.
The Cougar program reached another milestone Tuesday when it was ranked No. 1 in the 4A classification by the state’s high school football media. York moved up to the top spot following previous No. 1 Dutch Fork’s 48-37 loss to Dorman last Friday, though Carroll was already down-playing the achievement two hours after the poll was released.
“Rankings are for the fans,” he said. “That stuff is for somebody to write about, for the fans to talk about.”
The No. 1 ranking is the school’s first in 4A. York (5-0) was ranked No. 1 in 3A after winning the 1986 state title, but has never reached the pinnacle among the state’s biggest schools. Carroll did acknowledge that accomplishment.
“For our team to come from where we come from and this being our third year in 4A, it’s a tribute to our players and our coaches and what people think about us,” he said. “Whether we’re the No. 1 team in the state... our feeling is where you finish, not where you start or where you are.”
York was joined in the 4A poll by Northwestern, which has reclaimed its top-10 ranking on the back of three straight wins. South Pointe is still receiving votes in the 3A poll, and Great Falls, idle last Friday but still 4-0, remained at No. 8 in the 1A rankings. State rankings may be nothing but media fodder or something to gab about at the diner, but somebody’s got to be No. 1. The Cougars sure will take it.
“We appreciate the recognition and hopefully we can hang around the top ‘til the end,” said Carroll.
State rankings ahead of Week Five
1. York; 2. Dorman; 3. Byrnes; T4. Dutch Fork; T4. North Augusta; 6. Goose Creek; 7. Westwood; 8. Fort Dorchester; 9. Northwestern; 10. Hillcrest
Others receiving votes: Socastee, Wando, Laurens, South Florence, Boiling Springs, Ashley Ridge, Spartanburg