Drew Pasteur has released his first Fantastic 50 high school football rankings of the 2009 season.
SouthWest Edgecombe is the highest-ranked area team at No. 20 while the Cougars' opponent Friday night, Hunt, is No. 47. Other teams of interest are No. 10 Rocky Mount and No. 12 Tarboro.
In the 3-A poll, Rocky Mount is second behind West Rowan while Hunt is 12th. In the 2-A rankings, Tarboro is third, SWE is fourth and Kinston is ninth. Reidsville is No. 1 and Newton-Conover is second.
Pasteur's computer says SouthWest will beat Hunt by five points. It also has Fike by 12 over Beddingfield, Princeton by 14 over North Johnston, Southern Nash by 13 over Roanoke Rapids, Goldsboro by 1 over C.B. Aycock and Greene Central by 8 over Eastern Wayne.
That computer went 140-31 (81.9 percent) picking all games in the state last week.