Oct. 9 RobCo football power rankings

First Posted: 10/9/2014

RobCo Football Power Rankings

1. Lumberton

A tough schedule has kept the Pirates in the underdog role for most of their games and that won’t change heading into SEC play. As the only county team with a record above .500, the Pirates still could surprise a few opponents and make a run at the playoffs. They’ll just have to get past undefeated Pinecrest first.

2. Fairmont

The young Golden Tornadoes went through fire in the non-conference schedule but the results are showing. Their defense posted its first shutout last week, allowed only 12 points to St. Pauls, and should keep Fairmont in contention for one of the top spots in the conference.

3. Purnell Swett

Like Fairmont, the Rams are sitting at .500 heading into conference play, but where the Tornadoes played up, Swett has played down, with its three wins coming against 2A and 3A teams. As the SEC’s lowest-scoring team thus far, the Rams’ road only gets tougher with Scotland and Richmond in the first two weeks.

4. Red Springs/South Robeson

Even though they’ve already played, it’s been difficult to gauge which of the two teams is standing taller.

The Red Devils showed glimpses of talent during the early part of the season but didn’t put it all together until a conference-opening win against South Robeson two weeks ago. They nearly went 2-0 but, in what’s become a trend, couldn’t hold on late against South Columbus.

The Mustangs lost in their conference opener to Red Springs but made up for it with a win against East Columbus, during which they allowed only 70 total yards and posted their second shutout. If they can keep pace against South Columbus, they’ll get an early jump in the conference standings.

6. St. Pauls

While other teams around the county have consistent struggles, the Bulldogs have found different ways to lose in heartbreaking fashion. They’re the only county team to start Three Rivers play 0-2 and unless they can cut back on the turnovers, don’t expect much to change.