The News & Observer football rankings will come out every Tuesday in the High School Huddle, a special weekly two-page section devoted to high school football.
The preview section comes out tomorrow.
New to the Huddle this year is a weekly feature on one of the top high school players in the state. This week Xavier Nixon of Fayetteville Britt, the nation's top-ranked offensive line prospect, is featured.
The cover story is about Wake Forest-Rolesville, which is ranked No. 1 in the Triangle in the preseason.
My top dozen in the Triangle, with 2007 records, are:
1. WF-Rolesville (12-1)
2. Millbrook (10-4)
3. Southern Durham (10-5)
4. Chapel Hill (7-7)
5. Durham Hillside (11-3)
6. Garner (12-1)
7. Leesville Road (13-2)
8. Smithfield-Selma (7-6)
9. South Johnston (10-2)
10. Bunn (9-3)
11. Southeast Raleigh (8-4)
12. Athens Drive (11-2)
Sanderson was in my preliminary top dozen, but I decided to wait a bit on it. I wanted to rank Clayton, because traditionally the Comets play so hard, but the defense, which carried the club last year, is almost entirely rebuilt.
Garner is ranked too low judging by its past success, but this team is untested. The Trojans still have great speed and I may have them too low ... or too high.
The No. 1 position basically came down to the top three teams. I went with Wake Forest because it beat both Millbrook and Southern Durham last year.
I don't have a good feel for Leesville, but it reached the state semifinals last year. The Pride is another one of those "too high, too low" situations.
Hillside has great talent, but it always seems to lose one game during the season that it probably should have won. The coaches I've talked to think Chapel Hill has one of the most powerful teams in the state. I still need a little convincing, though.
Anyway, this is my ranking. It will change every week.