Aloha tops preseason football rankings

Jesuit’s reign over the Metro League came to a screeching halt last fall. Aloha juniors Thomas Tyner and Brayden Kearsley made sure of that. Tyner piled up 289 rushing yards and scored three times running behind Kearsley and others as the Warriors defeated Jesuit in the regular season to announce a changing of the guard. Aloha went on to grab the state title. Therefore, we’re rewarding them with the No. 1 spot in the Oregon preseason rankings.

Senior Nicholas Rothstein and the Crusaders come in at No. 2, while Steven Long’s transfer to Lake Oswego helps the Lakers occupy the third spot. Grant is a team loaded with playmakers and has something to prove after a mediocre 2010 campaign. Central Catholic was hit hard by injury last year, but could be a top five squad by the time the playoffs start.

Here's the rest of the list. Chime in with your thoughts in the comment section below:

  1. Aloha

  2. Jesuit

  3. Lake Oswego

  4. Sheldon

  5. West Salem

  6. Marist

  7. Sherwood

  8. Central Catholic

  9. Grant

  10. Tualatin

Bubble Teams: Cascade Christian, Central, Baker, Douglas, Astoria, Liberty, Corvallis, Eagle Point, Thurston, Rainier, Ontario, West Linn, Scio, Hillsboro, Mountain View, Newport, Santiam Christian, Willamette, Estacada