Despite a 44-0 home loss at the hands of Class 4-A Bluffton, Whale Branch is ranked No. 9 in Class 3-A in the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll for Week 1.
The Warriors (0-1) dropped one spot from the Week Zero poll.
Ironically, Bluffton (1-0) slipped out of the Class 4-A poll despite the win.
S.C. Prep Media Poll -- Week 1
1. Byrnes; 2. Northwestern; 3. Goose Creek; 4. Dutch Fork; 5. South Pointe; 6. Greenwood; 7. North Augusta; 8. Gaffney; 9. Dorman; 10. Stratford
Others receiving votes: Bluffton; Spring Valley; York; Spartanburg; Summerville
1. Daniel; 2. Hartsville; 3. Strom Thurmond; 4. Union County; 5. Marlboro County; 6. Chester; 7. Hanahan; 8. Belton-Honea Path; 9. Socastee; 10. Swansea
Others receiving votes: Greer, Myrtle Beach, Woodruff, A.C. Flora
1. Dillon; 2. Fairfield Central; 3. Bishop England; 4. Timberland; 5. Chesnee; 6. Abbeville; 7. Newberry; 8. Central; 9. Silver Bluff; 10. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Others receiving votes: Saluda, Keenan, Edisto, Loris
1. Christ Church; 2. Allendale-Fairfax; 3. Lamar; 4. Johnsonville; 5. Cross; 6. Williston-Elko; 7. Lake View; 8. St. Joseph's; 9. Whale Branch; 10. Hemingway
Others receiving votes: Ware Shoals, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Estill, Timmonsville
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 Herald (Rock Hill) and Jeremy Timmerman, Aiken Standard.