LA gridders are 15th in first MaxPreps rankings of 2012

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Football: Human polls are dropped this year in favor of online computer ratings

By The Staff

MaxPreps.com released its first preseason rankings for New Mexico’s high school football teams this week and those rankings weren’t particularly kind for Los Alamos.
The Hilltoppers finished with a Freeman Rating of zero, placing it 15th among the state’s 25 Class 4A football teams.
Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 31 at home against Pojoaque.
This is the first year the state is going to a computer ranking system, as opposed to previous years in which media and coaches polls were conducted.
However, the current MaxPreps Freeman Ratings don’t look terribly dissimilar to what a human poll might have revealed about the upcoming prep season.
The top two teams in the current ratings are Aztec and Goddard, which met for the state 4A title in 2011. Aztec nipped Goddard, which had been the top-ranked team in the state for the entire season, 28-27 to earn Aztec’s Tigers their first state title in program history — Aztec had finished as the 4A runner-up four times since 2003.
Aztec earned a 43.7 Freeman Rating, second in the state behind only Class 5A defending champion Cleveland, while Goddard earned a 31.3 rating.
The top-ranked 3A team is St. Michael’s (31.3).
Freeman Ratings are determined by outcomes of games in the MaxPreps database. Quality wins, playoff wins and strength of schedule are factors in determining the teams’ qualitative ranking.
Artesia, arguably the most accomplished prep team in the history of the state, finished third in power ranking for Class 4A.
There wasn’t a lot of love in the MaxPreps rankings for the District 2-4A teams. Los Alamos was the only 2-4A team not rated in negative territory and only Los Alamos and Santa Fe were not rated deep in negative territory.
Santa Fe was given a -6 rating, which placed it 17th among Class 4A schools, just making the top two-thirds of the 4A rankings. Bernalillo had a -21.2 ranking, Capital a -41.5 and Española Valley, the very bottom-ranked team in the 4A poll, finished with a -55.6 ranking and was the 93rd-ranked 11-man football program in the state out of 101 teams — Navajo Pine was the worst-rated program in the state at -78.3.
Last season, Los Alamos went 6-4, won its first District 2-4A title since 2008 and advanced to the state playoffs. Unfortunately, Los Alamos ran into a buzzsaw in its postseason opening round game, getting pounded by Los Lunas 55-0.
MaxPreps.com, which signed a contract with the New Mexico Activities Association earlier this year to provide stats and rankings for prep teams in the state, stated on its website that football rankings will be updated weekly, while other sports will be updated three times a week during the season. More information or to see the full list of state and national rankings can be found on the website.

Here are the results from the MaxPreps.com rankings for Class 4A in New Mexico for this week.

Class 4A Football

    Team    Record   Freeman Rating

1. Aztec    0-0    43.7
2. Goddard    0-0    31.3
3. Artesia    0-0    20.7
4. Valencia    0-0    16.9
5. Moriarty    0-0    13.1
6. Los Lunas    0-0    11.7
7. Belen    0-0    8.2
8. Roswell    0-0    7.6
9. Farmington  0-0    6.9
10. Miyamura       0-0    6.4

Other notables: St. Pius X, 4.4; Santa Teresa, 1.7; PIedra Vista, 0; Los Alamos, 0; Santa Fe, -6; Kirtland Central, -14.3; Bernalillo, -21.2; Capital, -41.5; Española Valley, -55.6.