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The new No. 1 in S.C. prep football is ...

The South Pointe Stallions are ranked No. 2 in South Carolina, but two Web site polls have them No. 1 in the nation.
The South Pointe Stallions are ranked No. 2 in South Carolina, but two Web site polls have them No. 1 in the nation.

By now you've probably looked at the bottom of the page and seen this week's McClatchy Prep Writers Poll.

It's the only state poll for high school football season this year because The Associated Press could never get the necessary 10 voters for its weekly poll.

So this is it. This year's poll of record. There are six voters, five for the South Carolina papers in McClatchy's chain and the other the prep writer from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Enough history.

The talk of the week has been which team would move to No. 1 in the Class AAAA poll after Dorman knocked off Byrnes 35-28 last Saturday.

Would it be South Pointe, the team that has held down the No. 2 spot for most of the season? Would it be Dorman, No. 3 for most of the season?

South Point beat Blythewood 44-0 last Friday and reached 9-0 a day before Dorman. That means ... nothing.

If you haven't looked, don't. Make your guess, then look. Yep, that's right. Dorman.

What in the ever-loving #@&$# are those guys thinking? Wait a minute. I'm one of those guys, so before you jump on our message board and start calling me names worse than the word I almost wrote two sentences ago, allow me to explain.

I voted for Dorman. Was going to go with South Pointe, but my decision came straight from the mouth of the head Stallion.

South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll said on Monday night that he'd vote for Dorman. "Dorman?" I screamed in his ear over the phone.

"Yes, Dorman," Carroll said. "They are undefeated and beat the No. 1 team that was undefeated. If I was voting, that's what I'd do."

Hmm. Might just have this figured out. BC (Carrroll's nickname) doesn't want a target put on his players' backs. They have a home game Friday against Spring Valley, which fell from the winless ranks with an impressive 3-2 win over Ridge View last Friday.

I bet those Stallions are shaking in their cleats.

But the next game? The final game of the regular season. On a Thursday night, Nov. 6 instead of on a Friday. It's against Rock Hill, which is 8-1. It's for the Region 4-AAAA championship.

Let's pull out the crystal ball.

"Look guys," Carroll will tell his players after next Friday's game. "I hate we're not No. 1, but now the Bearcats can't use the we're playing the best team in the state approach to get fired up. It'll still be an intense game, but there's a big difference between No. 1 and No. 2."

Darn you, BC. You talked me into not voting for your team. But hey, we vote again next week and I'm leaning toward changing my vote. No more logic. We're not talking Mr. Spock on Star Trek. We're talking football, and I just happen to think you guys deserve to be No. 1.

So there. I've come clean. If you want to tell me how you really feel or that I'm on the right track trying to figure this out, I'll free up some space for you next week.

I'm not kidding. Just try me.

• NATIONAL POLLS: The national high school polls are mixed on how to handle Byrnes' defeat.

Some dropped the Rebels below Dorman. Others didn't. Some don't include South Pointe. Some do. USA Today, which had the Rebels ranked No. 1 in the nation last week, dropped them out of their Super 25, meaning no mythical national championship for Byrnes

But the big news is South Pointe, which moved up to No. 1 in two polls this week -- MaxPreps.com and CallPreps.com, which use the same computer-generated rankings.

If the Stallions hold on, South Carolina still will have a national champion.

Dorman moved into the poll at No. 14.

The following is a rundown of South Carolina teams in the top national polls:

MaxPreps: 1. South Pointe; 5. Dorman; 7. Byrnes; 25. Northwestern

CalPreps: 1. South Pointe; 5. Dorman; 7, Byrnes; 25. Northwestern

USA Today: 14. Dorman.

PrepNation: 9. Dorman; 15. Byrnes

Rivals: 17. South Pointe; 21. Byrnes; 53. Dorman

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