Bloomington South fell from No. 4 to No. 8 in Class 5A in this week’s Associated Press poll, while Linton remained at No. 2 in Class 1A.

South lost its opener to Class 6A Brownsburg, 28-26.  But the Panthers scored 20 unanswered points after falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter and scored again with 28 seconds left in the fourth to nearly tie the game.

The top three in Class 5A — Fort Wayne Snider, New Palestine and Columbus East — remain the same.

Linton won its opener 49-8 over Speedway. The Miners continue to trail Lafayette Central Catholic in the poll. L.C.C. defeated Linton for the Class 1A state title last season.

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WR Luke Jager, Sr., Bloomington South

Jager, who specialized in basketball prior to this season, had quite the football debut this past week, hauling in two touchdowns to help South rally to within two points of Brownsburg. In total, he had 10 catches for 85 yards.

RB Chase LaCoursiere, Jr., Owen Valley

LaCoursiere moved into the area ahead of this football season, and he provided the Patriots with production in his first outing. He rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in a loss to Vincennes Lincoln.

ATH Caleb Hamilton, Jr., Eastern Greene

Hamilton starred at receiver and defensive end for the Thunderbirds last season. In this year’s first game, he was asked to step behind center and produced 112 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in a win over Springs Valley. He also competed 4-of-5 passes for 56 yards.

QB Tyler Meurer, Sr., Linton

Meurer continued where he left off last season, rushing for 169 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries against Speedway. The senior also threw for another touchdown in the victory.

Hunter Johnson’s Hudl highlight is exactly 12 minutes long, and not a second more is needed to demonstrate the talent of the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country.

Johnson and the Brownsburg Bulldogs will visit Bloomington South tonight to kick off the high school football season. Last season, Johnson passed for 2,545 yards and 31 touchdowns in 10 games. If you haven’t yet seen Johnson, a Clemson commit, here is a highlight from his junior year.

This game will present quite a test for South’s secondary, which does not return a single starter from 2015. But the unit does have potential. Phillip King, a junior, has exclusively played basketball until this year. Head coach Mo Moriarity knew King was a great athlete, but he has exceeded even those expectations.

“He can cover a guy, now,” Moriarity said this week.

The other corner, senior TaRell Perine, played a lot of snaps last season but was limited by a hand injury. He will need to step up, as well.

At safety, senior Alec Graham is flanked by junior Alex Weddle, who was proving himself to be one of the top athletes in his class before he moved out of the area. His family returned, and now he returns to play a significant role in South’s secondary.

It should also be noted that Johnson is working with a remade receiving corps. Brownsburg’s top three receivers and leading rusher were all seniors last season. Regardless, reports out of the offseason were that the Bulldogs were a terror in 7-of-7 passing camps. This will make for an interesting night out at South.

Bloomington South was ranked No. 4 in Class 5A and Linton No. 2 in Class 1A in preseason polls released by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Linton trailed only Lafayette Central Catholic, the Miners’ opponent in last year’s Class 1A state title game. L.C.C. and Linton held the same rankings in this week’s coaches poll.

South, on the other hand, sits behind Fort Wayne Snider, New Palestine and Columbus East in Class 5A. The Panthers flipped places with Columbus East in the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s initial poll.

Of course, these are preseason polls, which aren’t always an accurate predictor of where teams stand, but it does provide a little insight into what writers and coaches around the state think of South and Linton ahead of Week 1. A lot could change once games get underway.

The only other area team to receive votes to be ranked in the AP poll was Eastern Greene in Class 1A. Brownsburg, South’s opponent for Week 1, received the most votes of any team not in the top 10 in Class 6A.