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August 23, 2014

Who's No. 1? BND preseason football rankings are out

Here are the preseason rankings for metro-east football teams.

Large-School Football Rankings (Class 5A-8A)

Preseason rankings for metro-east teams; voting by area coaches and News-Democrat staff (first-place votes in parentheses; records from last season):

Rank Team W-L

1. Edwardsville (4) 12-1

2. East St. Louis (3) 9-4

3. Belleville West 7-3

4. O'Fallon 5-5

5. Belleville East 4-5

Also receiving votes: Highland (11-1), Alton (4-5), Waterloo (4-5), Mascoutah (3-6), Cahokia (3-6)

Small-School Football Rankings (Class 1A-4A)

Preseason rankings for metro-east teams; voting by area coaches and News-Democrat staff (first-place votes in parentheses; records from last season):

Rank Team W-L

1. Althoff (5) 7-5

2. Columbia (1) 9-1

3. Mater Dei (1) 7-4

4. Freeburg 5-5

5. Central 6-4

Also receiving votes: Civic Memorial (3-6), Carlyle (9-2), Nashville (2-7), Red Bud (4-5), Wesclin (0-9)

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