2007 MST PRESEASON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL

This year's poll has the same format as last year's poll, with a Top 25 for classes 3A-5A, a Top 20 for the 1A, 2A, and academies, as well as a Top 10 for every classification. Pollsters are selected by the MST.com Moderating Staff from posters on our online message board community. Every part of the state is represented, from north Mississippi all the way to the Gulf Coast.

It's no surprise that South Panola (with four star Darius Barksdale leading the way) is our unanimous preseason #1 team this year in our large schools poll. The Tigers open up on the road against Warren Central in the Red Carpet Bowl on Thursday. Their opponent in week #2, Clarksdale (with Charles Mitchell), is our #2 team to begin the season. The Wildcats also open their season at the Red Carpet Bowl, playing Friday against Vicksburg. Rounding out the top 5 are Wayne County at #3, and Olive Branch and George County begin the season tied at #4. Defending 3A Champion Franklin County starts the season at the #11 spot, the highest out of all 3A teams.

In the small schools poll, West Bolivar begins the season ranked #1. They open up against class 4A Cleveland in what should be a tough week one test. #2 Baldwyn also starts their season playing a team in a higher classification, when they play Friday against class 3A Booneville. Taylorsville is ranked #3, while defending class 1A champion Puckett holds down the #4 spot. Enterprise-Clarke finishes off the top 5 at #5. Jackson Prep is the highest-ranked private school in our small school poll, ranked at #8.
Some of the biggest matchups that take place between ranked teams this week include a showdown between #3 Wayne County and #4 George County. #6 Picayune tangles with #12 Moss Point in another game between two top 15 teams. In our small school poll, #6 Mize takes on takes on Raleigh, #3 in class 3A.

Without further ado, here is your 2007 Preseason MST Football Poll!

Mississippi Sports Talk Top 25 Poll For Classifications 3A, 4A, & 5A

2007 Preseason

Rank Team Points #1 Votes

1 South Panola 240 12
2 Clarksdale 223
3 Wayne County 218
4 Olive Branch 175
4 George County 175
6 Picayune 163
7 Provine 147
8 Meridian 139
9 Oak Grove 134
10 Kosciusko 104
11 Franklin County 93
12 Moss Point 84
13 Louisville 81
14 West Point 77
15 Tupelo 76
16 Starkville 59
17 McComb 51
18 Ocean Springs
19 Raleigh
20 Oxford
21 Brookhaven
22 Madison Central
23 Nettleton
24 Shannon
25 Terry

Others receiving votes: Lafayette, Forrest County AHS, Hazlehurst, South Pike

Top 20 poll
For Classifications 2A, 1A, & Academies
2007 Preseason

Rank Team Points #1 Votes

1 West Bolivar 168 2
2 Baldwyn 160 4
3 Taylorsville 158 4
4 Puckett 137 1
5 Enterprise-Clarke 97
6 Mize 92
7 Mt. Olive 89
8 Jackson Prep 68
9 East Webster 64
10 South Delta 60
11 Ray Brooks 54
12 Weir 51
13 Bruce 46
14 East Marion 44 1
15 Calhoun City
16 Eupora
17 Bay Springs
18 Hollandale Simmons
19 Vardaman
20 Bassfield

Others receiving votes: Water Valley, Jackson Academy, Pillow Academy, Lumberton

Classifications polls

5A poll

Rank Team

1 South Panola
2 Olive Branch
3 George County
4 Provine
5 Meridian
6 Oak Grove
7 Tupelo
8 Starkville
9 Ocean Springs
10 Madison Central

4A poll

Rank Team

1 Clarksdale
2 Wayne County
3 Picayune
4 Kosciusko
5 Moss Point
6 West Point
7 McComb
8 Oxford
9 Brookhaven
10 Shannon

3A poll

Rank Team

1 Franklin County
2 Louisville
3 Raleigh
4 Nettleton
5 Charleston
6 South Pike
7 Hazlehurst
8 Booneville
9 Collins
10 Senatobia
10 Greene County

2A poll

Rank Team

1 West Bolivar
2 Baldwyn
3 Taylorsville
4 Enterprise-Clarke
5 Mize
6 South Delta
7 Bruce
8 East Marion
9 Eupora
10 Bay Springs

1A poll

Rank Team

1 Puckett
2 Mt. Olive
3 East Webster
4 Ray Brooks
5 Weir
6 Calhoun City
7 Vardaman
8 Durant
9 Mound Bayou JFK
10 Okolona

MPSA poll

Rank Team

1 Jackson Prep
2 Jackson Academy
3 Pillow Academy
4 Lamar
5 Magnolia Heights
6 Kirk Academy
7 Copiah Academy
8 MRA
9 Washington Academy
10 Leake Academy

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