In case you haven't bookmarked it yet, Drew Pasteur's Fantastic 50 is up for another week of rankings and predictions.
SouthWest Edgecombe (5-0) climbed higher to the No. 6 spot statewide in the Fantastic 50 while the Cougars remain No. 2 in the 2-A poll behind Reidsville (5-0). SouthWest is the only area team ranked in the Fantastic 50 or in the classification polls.
But the Cougars get yet another test, probably their toughest yet, Friday when Kinston (5-0), at No. 23 overall and fifth in 2-A, comes to call in both squads' Eastern Plains Conference opener. Pasteur ranks that as the top matchup in the state this week. He lists Hunt (3-2) at Charles B. Aycock (5-0) as the ninth-best game in the state.
For my money, Greene Central at Beddingfield, another EPC brawl, is just as interesting. For that matter, and for entirely different reasons, Fike hosting Eastern Wayne also intrigues.
For the record, Pasteur likes Aycock by 8, Beddingfield by 10, Fike by 15 and SWE by 10. He went 134-31 (81.2 percent) and is 663-189 (77.8 percent) on the season picking straight winners. On the year, he (and his computer) have come within seven points of the predicted margin 32.7 percent of the time and within three points 18 percent of the time. And he's nailed it dead on 23 times or 2.7 percent of the time.