Some great games were played this past weekend! And several of them helped shake up the rankings.
We are confidant that progress is happening in every team whether the statistics properly reflect it for everyone.... well that is never the full story.
But for all of the boys of Autumn, and the families and leaders who've invested so much in them, we present to you the newest revision of the rankings.
To all the teams who moved up; DON'T STOP! And to all the teams who had a setback, EVERY champion has had many setbacks! The thing that made them better was that they didn't stop trying!
In 3 weeks there have been 3 different #1 teams in Division 1. This week Central Virginia bounced back with a solid victory in interstate play and made a significant statement. They edged off previous #1, Tulsa NOAH, who slipped to #2.
Lighthouse of Springfield stayed at #3, while Noblesville Lions scooted into #4. Anderson, stinging from a tough week, dropped 3 spots, all the way to 5th.
The rest of the top 10 stayed somewhat stationary, while some very huge reordering happened throughout the rest of the charts.
We will soon reveal the debut rankings of Divisions 2 & 3, as soon as the Freeman scoring computers are confident that the entire nation's schools have had an opportunity to play the required 3 games. Any team who does not report the minimum 3 games will not receive a ranking until they have met the reporting requirements. Forfeits, nonvarsity, and inter-divisional play does not factor into rankings.
the Internals of the Division 1 Rankings
A dramatic shift took place in the high altitude slots of the national rankings, this weekend. Tulsa NOAH backed into the top spot while awaiting the first week of Oklahoma prep competition. This was in large part due to a less-than-expected performance in Springfield Lighthouse's opening game as the newest team to play in the Missouri High School League (guest status). Lighthouse played a dominating game but the score didn't know that.
Anderson Cavaliers convinced the Freeman Scoring computers by shutting out their first 2 opponents. They racked up an accumulative 103-0 in the scoring differential. This was enough to leap over the Richmond Disciples who played better than expected against an elite Virginia powerhouse, and remained essentially stationary in the national ratings.
The West Region is continuing a strong presence at the top, holding 6 of the top 13 slots.
A proud moment is also worth noting for the younger organizations of the North. A more subtle factor that is emerging in the top 20. For the first time, the Northern Region has 5 teams in the top 20!
Well, the Rankings have arrived for 2014! We have well over 140 homeschool football organizations across the United States. Of the over 70 eleven-man teams, 50 of them are currently registered and published on Maxpreps Rankings service.
The preseason rankings are devised by the Freeman Scoring services. They are computer-driven and based upon objective criteria. The team's previous year's performance only accounts for a portion of the final rating. Each coach was asked to provide a few other factors, such as returning starters and other details. Any team who has not provided this info may have an inaccurate initial rating. New teams have a very limited capacity to enhance their preseason ranking. If your team has not submitted the preview survey to Freeman's Scoring service, that deadline has passed.
The top 5 teams on the chart represent all four regions. The West Region scores very high in this chart, holding the top 2 and 4 of the top 10 positions. The East Region is next with 3 of the top 10. The South holds 2, and the North has one solid team in 5th place.
There are many new conferences and realignments in 2014. Several Carolina teams have developed the Carolina Athletic Conference with 2 conference divisions reflecting the north and south portions of the Carolinas.
The Great Lakes area has developed the Midwest Homeschool Football Association with a postseason regional tournament.
Texas continues it's radical growth. Where there was only 1 eleven-man team just 2 years ago, there are now 8 homeschool groups organizing. Several six-man teams are transitioning to eleven-man. Where homeschool teams flourished in the private schools' TCAL conference, many of them have moved over to the new TAIAO conference which will also included some charter schools.
There is talk of finally developing an eleven-man South Central Conference. Some coaches are working to establish a 2-division format with some Texas teams representing the south division while some Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas teams forming a north division. A conference championship would pit the 2 division leaders in a post-season bowl game.
The NHFCS Team
The NHFCS was founded by former homeschool coaches who decided to address the need for a national information and comparison entity.