The Smoky Valley Vikings are the only football team in this area to be ranked in the Catchitkansas.compreseason poll.
The Vikings check in at No. 9 in Class 4A Division II.
Holcomb is the No. 1 team in that class, while defending state champion Andale (which plays McPherson High in the second week) and Holton are ranked 2-3.
McPherson High, a staple in the state rankings for nearly the past 10 years, is not mentioned in Class 4A Division I. Defending champion Miege is picked first, followed by Topeka Hayden, Buhler (MHS’ opponent in Week 8), Paola and Ulysses. Rounding the the Top 10 are Baldwin, Ottawa, Basehor-Linwood, Fort Scott and Kansas City Piper.
Hesston, which was 10-1 last year with the only loss coming in the playoffs, was absent from the Class 3A rankings after suffering big graduation losses.
In another note, Salina South — McPherson High’s first-week opponent — is ranked No. 5 in Class 5A.