Understanding the Lowcountry Top 10 rankings

Fort Dorchester is 5-0 and plays host to Wando on Friday. Douglas Rogers/Special to The Post and Courier

Each week, The Post and Courier publishes the Lowcountry Top 10 high school football rankings, put together exclusively by yours truly.

In a recent email, the question was asked how the rankings are determined each week, suggesting that some teams in the rankings would never beat some unranked teams in head-to-head competition. That is true.

For instance, in no way is this week’s top 10 a suggestion that fifth-ranked Academic Magnet would beat unranked Summerville should they actually play. Even the most ardent supporter of the Raptors would not predict a victory for their program. Summerville is the third-largest school in the state of South Carolina with more than four times the students of Academic Magnet.

Within the rankings, would seventh-ranked Pinewood Prep be favored to beat ninth-ranked Colleton County? Highly doubtful. But, Pinewood Prep is undefeated with a couple of quality wins in the private school ranks. Unlike the AP college football rankings, the Lowcountry Top 10 is not meant to measure each team against all others. Rather it is a way of recognizing teams that are playing well and winning games. After all, winning is the primary measuring stick in sports.

This week, North Charleston makes its first appearance in the top 10 after a 4-0 start. This, again, is not to suggest North Charleston could beat many of the unranked teams in the area. But at its level of competition, North Charleston is one of the hottest teams in the area right now.

So, as we move through the rest of the football season, there will be shakeups in the top 10. Many of the teams will begin to play each other (Academic Magnet and North Charleston play next week) in region play. Just remember, the top 10 is for entertainment purposes only — please, no wagering.

Four area volleyball powerhouses participated in the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Spartanburg over the weekend. The event is hosted by Dorman High School and included state champions and perennial powers from several states.

After pool play, the tournament was divided into four championship divisions. Porter-Gaud, winners of five consecutive SCISA AAA state titles, advanced into the Gold bracket before losing to defending Class A state titlist St. Joseph’s Catholic of Greenville. Host Dorman went on to beat St. Joseph’s in the finals, winning the event for the first time ever.

Wando, Bishop England and Ashley Hall were placed in the Silver bracket after pool play. Wando defeated Ashley Hall, 2-0, in one semifinal match while Bishop England beat T.L. Hanna of Anderson in the other semifinal.

In the finals, Wando beat Bishop England in three sets to claim the championship.

Each of the four local schools had four players named to the all-tournament team. Selected from Porter-Gaud were Lexi Dorminy and Maggie Cochrane while Wando’s representatives included Lexi Hellberg and Sydney DeJong. Montana Swanson and Ashley Brazell were selected from Bishop England, and Abby McCool and Liza Johnson were Ashley Hall’s selections.

Davis began the season as a safety but was moved to running back on a full-time basis two weeks ago. He recently took back his verbal commitment to Auburn and has opened up his recruiting with Clemson and South Carolina among his favorites.

Davis’ father, Stephen Davis Sr., is one of the state’s all-time greats. After his prep days at Spartanburg High, where he was named the USA Today National offensive player of the year in 1992, Davis played at Auburn and rushed for more than 8,000 yards in a 10-year NFL career.

1. Fort Dorchester — Patriots are 2015 version of cardiac kids

2. Ashley Ridge — Swamp Foxes are 5-0 after beating Stratford last week

3. Timberland — Wolves set to take on county rival Berkeley this week

4. Cane Bay — Cobras pit running game against unbeaten Ashley Ridge this week

5. Academic Magnet — Raptors remain unbeaten against light early schedule

6. Hanahan — Hawks struggle offensively in first loss of season

7. Pinewood Prep — Unbeaten Panthers could be state contenders in SCISA

8. West Ashley — Wildcats are 2-2 but only seven points from being 4-0

9. Colleton County — Cougars have lost two straight as offense struggles

10. North Charleston — Got to give the Cougars some love after a 4-0 start