With its unexpected 42-8 thrashing of Hunt last week, SouthWest Edgecombe has climbed 11 spots in Drew Pasteur's NC Fantastic 50. The Cougars are now No. 9 in the statewide, computer-generated rankings.
SouthWest moved into the No. 2 spot in the 2-A poll behind Reidsville while Tarboro, the Cougars' archnemesis and 2-A Eastern Plains Conference mate, stayed at No. 3. Another EPC team, Kinston, is No. 5.
SouthWest might move into the top 5 in the Fantastic 50 next week if it can win at Rocky Mount Friday night. The Gryphons were ranked No. 8 in the 50 last week but tumbled to 47th after then-48th Hertford County, now 15th, pummeled them 41-20.
Pasteur is predicting the Cougars to win by 11. He picked them to beat Hunt by 5 last week but also had Rocky Mount beating Hertford.
Closer to home, Hunt is an 8-point favorite over Beddingfield, Aycock is giving 19 to Fike, Greene Central is laying 17 to North Lenoir, North Johnston by 14 over Rosewood and, in a battle of unbeaten teams, South Granville is favored by 6 over Southern Nash.