Rocky Mount has had the pressure taken off it for the 2011 football season.
The Gryphons, a conference-winning favorite seven of the last nine years, along with Wilson Fike were picked to finish dead last in the Big East Conference race this season.
In a vote of the league's coaches at the Big East Conference Kickoff Meeting at Wilson Fike Wednesday, Rocky Mount and Wilson Fike got the lowest number points - seven.
Wilson Hunt, the co-champion last season, garnered all the first place votes it could (five) to get the No. 1 spot in the preseason poll (25 points).
Southern Nash, which finished in the league race last season, got one first-place vote and was second with 20 points.
Northern Nash (16), which shared 2011 title with Hunt, outpointed Southern Nash (15) by one in the race for third place in the poll.
2011 Big East Preseason Football Coaches Poll
(Five points for first place, four points for second place,. etc. Coaches could not vote for their own team)
1. Wilson Hunt (5) 25 pts.
2. Southern Nash (1) 20 pts.
3. Northern Nash 16 pts.
4. Nash Central 15 pts.
T5. Rocky Mount 7 pts.T5. Wilson Fike 7 pts.