SCISA preseason polls released


The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll will vote on the top five in each of the four South Carolina Independent School Association classifications, beginning with a preseason poll.

Each of the defending state champions - Hammond in 3A, Florence Christian School in 2A, Thomas Heyward Academy in 1A and Beaufort Academy in 8-man - is a unanimous preseason No. 1

Three local schools are in the top five. Laurence Manning Academy is fourth in 3A, Robert E. Lee Academy is fourth in 2A, and Clarendon Hall is second in 8-man.

The remainder of the 3A poll has First Baptist at No. 2, Porter-Gaud at No. 3 and Cardinal Newman at No. 5. Trinity-Byrnes is second in 2A, Hilton Head Christian is third and Hilton Head Prep is fifth.

Following Thomas Heyward in the 1A poll is Pee Dee, Dillon Christian, Carolina Academy and Bethesda Academy.

The remainder of the 8-man poll has Andrew Jackson Academy at No. 3, Jefferson Davis at No. 4 and W.W. King at No. 5.