When Bluffton High School and Whale Branch Early College High School open the 2013 football season Friday night at Whale Branch, they will do so as ranked teams.
The Bobcats and Warriors were both ranked in the first S.C. Prep Media Poll released Wednesday afternoon.
Bluffton, which went 12-2 in 2012, opens the season at No. 10 in the Class 4-A poll, while Whale Branch, 7-4 in 2012, opens at No. 8.
Byrnes was the top-ranked team in Class 4-A, while Daniel was tops in 3-A. The No. 1 team in Class 2-A is Dillon, and the No. 1 team at Class 1-A is Christ Church
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South Carolina Prep Media Poll -- Week Zero
1. Byrnes; 2. Northwestern; 3. Gaffney; 4. Goose Creek; 5. Dutch Fork; 6. South Pointe; 7. Greenwood; 8. North Augusta; 9. Stratford; 10. Bluffton
Receiving votes: Dorman, Spring Valley, Sumter, Spartanburg, White Knoll; Summerville
1. Daniel; 2. Hartsville; 3. Strom Thurmond; 4. Union County; 5. Chester; 6. Marlboro County; 7. Belton-Honea Path; 8. Socastee; 9. Hanahan; 10. Swansea
Receiving votes: Myrtle Beach, Wren, Greer, A.C. Flora; Manning; Blue Ridge; Woodruff; Greenville
1. Dillon; 2. Fairfield Central; 3. Bishop England; 4. Timberland; 5. Chesnee; 6. Newberry; 7. Central; 8. Abbeville; 9. Silver Bluff; 10. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Receiving votes: Loris, Keenan, Saluda
1. Christ Church; 2. Lamar; 3. Allendale-Fairfax; 4. Cross; 5. Johnsonville; 6. Williston-Elko; 7. Lake View; 8. Whale Branch; 9. Hemingway; 10. St. Joseph's
Receiving votes: Carvers Bay, McCormick, Ware Shoals, Wagener-Salley, Timmonsville, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Estill, Lewisville
About the poll
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Jordan Anders, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; Phil Bowman, Charleston Post and Courier, Bret McCormick, The Rock Hill Herald and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.