After being upset by Central in the opening round of Division II playoffs, the Johnston Panthers have dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 in the Rhode Island Sports Media High School Football Poll.
No. 10 West Warwick and No. 13 Central took advantage of the loss, moving up four and five sports, respectively. The highest ranked Division II team is now Cumberland, at No. 5.
La Salle remains in the top spot of the poll, collecting all 14 first place votes, followed by fellow Division I playoff teams Hendricken, Portsmouth and Cranston East. Portsmouth and East flip-flopped in the polls after the Thunderbolts barely beat South Kingstown 23-17.
Thanksgiving games for most teams take place either Wednesday or Thursday of this week. The Division II playoff bracket is available here.
The full media poll:
|Rank||Team||Points||Last Poll||Patch #|
|1||La Salle (14)||280||1||1|
Dropped from the poll: No. 17 Westerly.
Also receiving votes: Westerly (22), Hope (13), North Providence (11), South Kingstown (11), Narragansett (6) and North Smithfield (6).
The Rhode Island Sports Media football poll is voted on by 14 local media members who regularly cover Rhode Island high school football. The poll is administrated and compiled by Eric Rueb of Southern Rhode Island Newspapers. Patch’s ballot is cast by Stephen Greenwell, the local editor of the South Kingstown and Narragansett site.
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