The Associated Press released its first high school football rankings of the season on Tuesday afternoon.
In Class 6A, Carmel received seven of 11 first-place votes to begin the season at No. 1. Snider was outside the top 10 at No. 11, while Warsaw also received votes.
Class 4A state champion Bishop Dwenger debuts at No. 2 in its first foray into Class 5A competition. The Saints are looking up at New Palestine, which received nine of 12 first-place votes.
In Class 4A, Angola begins the season at No. 8 after consecutive undefeated regular seasons. Marion sits atop the class with five first-place votes. East Noble and Wayne received votes.
Concordia Lutheran is ranked No. 9 in Class 3A by the AP. The Cadets are the lone area representative that received votes, with West Lafayette at No. 1.
Bishop Luers has returned to Class 2A and received a single first-place vote, but the Knights will begin the 2019 season ranked No. 7 overall. Western Boone is at the top of Class 2A with eight first-place votes.
There is plenty of local representation in Class 1A, with Adams Central and South Adams tied at No. 3. Interestingly, the Starfires received one first-place vote. Churubusco debuts at No. 6 for the season. Indianapolis Lutheran is No. 1 in Class 1A as the start of the season looms on Friday.