Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott took it as respect toward a storied program.
Siegel coach Greg Wyant questioned the respect given to a Stars program working on making history.
Both Riverdale and Siegel were ranked in the top 5 in Class 6A in the first Associated Press statewide poll of the high school football season. Riverdale, which finished 13-1 in 2011, is ranked No.2. Siegel, which finished 8-4, is ranked fifth. Riverdale finished the 2011 regular season ranked second.
“I don’t know why,” Wyant said. “We’ve never finished higher than fifth (in District 7). It doesn’t mean anything when it comes down to it.
“It’s good for the community and for the fans and schools. But we’ve done nothing to deserve it.”
Siegel has finished fifth the past two seasons under Wyant. However in 2011, the Stars still received a wild card to the Class 6A playoffs and defeated John Overton in the opening round of the playoffs for their first playoff win in school history. Siegel did finish third in 2008 under former coach David Watson.
Maryville, which is the two-time defending Class 6A state champion, was ranked first in the 6A poll. Riverdale, Dobyns Bennett, Whitehaven and Siegel round out the top five.
Aydelott said while the ranking is nice, he knows it means nothing toward the postseason.
“Where is the state championship? Are we playing for it yet?,” Aydelott joked. “I think it speaks more for the program than this year’s team.
“I think over the next three weeks we’ll see what we’ve got.”
Riverdale’s next three games include games at Smyrna, with Maplewood and at Siegel.
Senior linebacker Scottie Boykin said he felt honored for his team to be ranked second, but he wasn’t content.
“For me personally, I want to be No. 1,” Boykin said. “Watching Maryville (on TV on Sunday), they are a very good team. But I think they may be beatable this year.
“Being second isn’t good enough for me. I want to be that top dog.”
Eagleville (1-1) is ranked 10th in the Class 1A poll and plays eighth-ranked Moore County (2-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eagleville’s Talon Field. It marks the second straight season the Eagles have been ranked in the AP statewide poll. South Pittsburg (1-0) is currently ranked No. 1 in the Class 1A poll.
Riverdale (2-0) plays at Smyrna (0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in its first District 7-AAA contest. Siegel (2-0) plays at Blackman (2-0) in its game. Blackman received 12 votes for the Class 6A poll.