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FAIRMONT – South Columbus and East Bladen topped the Three Rivers Conference Pre-Season Football Coaches Poll released Monday at the league’s annual media day.

Coach Russell Dove’s Stallions edged Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles 42-41 on a late 2-point conversion in the third round of the 2016 Class 2A play-offs.

Both the Stallions and the Eagles received a trio of first-place votes in this season’s poll. Whiteville and St. Pauls were awarded one first-place vote each.

The pre-season coaches rankings with last season’s overall record in parenthesis follows:

1. South Columbus (12-3)
2. East Bladen (9-5)
3. Whiteville (8-6)
4. St. Pauls (6-6)
5. Red Springs (6-6)
6. Fairmont (8-5)
7. West Bladen (2-9)
8. South Robeson (2-10)
9. East Columbus (1-10)
10. West Columbus (0-11)

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