This week’s high school football power rankings:
1. Hartford (1-0): New faces, same uniforms: The Hurricanes opened the 2013 season as Division I favorites and they showed why in rolling over Mount Anthony. Patrick Libuda paced the balanced attack with 112 yards and two scores.
2. Middlebury (1-0): The Tigers added a little uptempo to their run-first offense. They also limited Essex’s no-huddle spread to just seven points. Perhaps Middlebury’s biggest test of the season comes this week, when Hartford comes to town.
3. South Burlington (1-0): While the offense flashed an explosive attack led by Tanner Contois, it was the Rebels’ defensive performance that shouldn’t be overlooked. First-year defensive coordinator Bob Metz received the game ball following the Rebels’ 34-0 win over Burlington.
4. Champlain Valley (1-0): The Redhawks cleaned up some early mistakes at Colchester and showed why they might be a legitimate contender this fall.
5. Rutland (1-0): With quarterback Nick Boles back under center, can the Raiders remain in the top 5 this season?
6. BFA-St. Albans (1-0): The Bobwhites escaped in overtime against Mount Mansfield, a victory that included Robert Kelly booming a 52-yard field goal.
7. Lyndon (1-0): Lyndon’s all-around effort against Burr and Burton might be an example of what lies ahead for Division II opponents this season: the Vikings are balanced on both sides of the ball.
8. Rice (1-0): Installing a read option offense, the Green Knights have retooled for another Division II title run.
9. Mount Mansfield (0-1): BFA coach Geoff Murray was impressed with the Cougars, a senior-savvy bunch that will play host to Mount Anthony on Saturday.
10. Woodstock (1-0): Looks like the Wasps have reloaded after Ed Doton and Co. graduated and longtime coach Jim McLaughlin retired.
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