Salem continues to lead the way in Region 4D football rankings, issued this week by the Virginia High School League.
Through games of last week, the 3-0 Spartans have a rating of 25.33.
Pulaski County remains in second after a 4-0 start with a rating of 23.00.
Trailing right behind is Jefferson Forest at 22.00, however, the Cavaliers have only a 1-0 record so far.
Next is George Washington of Danville at 2-1 with a 19.00 rating.
Amherst County, Blacksburg, Halifax County and E.C. Glass follow in that order.
According to the VHSL, only the top four teams in each region qualify for the playoffs this season.
Elsewhere, in Region 3D Lord Botetourt leads the way at 24.66 with a 3-0 record. They are followed by Carroll County with a surprising 4-0 record and 22.00 rating. Abingdon is next at 3-0 and 21.33, followed by William Byrd at 1-2 and a rating of 17.33.
Northside, Bassett and Cave Spring are right behind at 17.00.
In Region 2C powerful Appomattox is right there at the top again at 3-0 and with a 20.00 rating. Dan River also sports a 20.00, but with only a 1-0 record so far.
Radford is next at 19.00 with a 2-0 record through last week. The Bobcats have already added another game – a 48-6 shellacking of Giles on Monday night – to their record and will play again Friday.
Gretna is next in 2C with a 1-0 mark and 18.00 rating.
Giles, prior to Monday’s loss, was 1-1 with a 16.00 rating followed by Fort Chiswell at 2-1 and a rating of 15.33.
In Region 1C, Galax and Narrows are tied in first with ratings of 18.00 and each with a 3-0 record.
Grayson County is third with a 15.67 rating and 2-1 record. Eastern Montgomery and George Wythe are next at 11.50. East Mont has a 2-2 record while the Maroons at 1-1. Auburn is right behind at 11.33 and a record of 1-2.
By MIKE WILLIAMS, The Patriot