Despite loss, Panthers run into top 10 of 5A rankings

Carolina Forest, welcome to the party.

The Panthers’ football team, for the first time since moving up to the state’s largest classification in 2008 and possibly ever, is ranked in the state media poll. And it means Horry County has five teams for the first time under the rankings’ current format, which started in 2011.

Carolina Forest (No. 10 in Class 5A), joins Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach (Nos. 1 and 3 in Class 4A, respectively), Aynor (No. 9 in Class 3A) and Green Sea Floyds (No. 3 in Class 1A).

The Trojans dropped from the top spot in the state’s smallest class after falling to Aynor last week.

Myrtle Beach held on to its No. 1 ranking after beating Carolina Forest. North Myrtle Beach defeated Socastee in the Chiefs’ second shutout of the season.

It is not known if Carolina Forest was ever ranked in the earlier versions of state’s main football poll; it was run by various organizations, including the Associated Press in the 2000s and online records are scarce. However, it would seem unlikely given the team’s struggles for much of that time.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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