In a week, the Times Herald will be releasing its first football poll of the season. Yes, we’re that close to the prep football season starting.
That poll will include votes from Joseph Hayes, Matt Sheehan and myself, and each week in my Tuesday column, I’ll be including my personal top 10 and some explanations for my votes.
But here’s a taste of where my head’s at right now with my preseason poll. Unless we get word of a major injury or something, this is where my head will be next week, too.
1.Marine City: This was an obvious choice. The Mariners are the defending Division 4 state champions and return some really key pieces. Like any high school team, Marine City will have some holes to fill, but it has made a habit of doing just fine in that department in the past.
2. Port Huron: The Big Reds bring a lot back up front, especially on defense, which is a great place to start. A lot of this placement is being affected by seeing there were 100 players on average out for summer workouts. You don’t have that kind of enthusiasm in the summer and not succeed.
3.Richmond: The Blue Devils lost an incredibly talented class, which makes them a bit difficult to judge. But this year’s seniors are a very deep and talented bunch, as well, so I don’t see much of a drop off coming.
4.Marysville: I’m high on the Vikings this year, but it might take a few weeks for them to completely get rolling. There are some good players with experience back, but not a ton of them, meaning that a lot of new faces will have to figure things out early. But once they do, Marysville will be dangerous.
5.St. Clair: The Saints are the toughest team for me to rank because they lost so much from a year ago. There are a lot of great athletes in that school, so I imagine they’ll continue to be very competitive, but the incredible Class of 2014 is gone.
6.Yale: The Bulldogs have been one of the steadier programs in the area in my time here. They’re always a threat and will be a team that contends for one of the top spots in the Blue Water Area Conference.
7.Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers are coming off a disappointing season, but off-field issues got in the way of success before their season even got off the ground. There’s a lot of talent in that program, and some of it is very young, but I have to believe it will shine through.
8.Port Huron Northern: The Huskies have moved into the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, which won’t be easy by any stretch, as Marine City, St. Clair and Marysville are now on the schedule. But the excitement of playing a more local schedule is going to help this program in the long run.
9.Marlette: The Red Raiders have a lot of question marks, but there is a lot of speed and talent on the roster still, which should be able to make Denny Lester’s spread offense run at a high level.
10.Sandusky: Call it a hunch, but I like Sandusky to make the playoffs this season and to compete for the Greater Thumb Conference East Division title.