Until we find out what this year's Raiders do, I'm going to put them just behind the 2001 and 2005 Raiders. In 01 I believe they fell in the Regional Final to Chanel, who went 15-0 and defeated the D3 champs that year. The 05 team was stacked too! I consider our 2005 team to be our 3rd or 4th best team ever, and your 05 Raiders beat us twice that year!
Yeah, the Tony Peters Chanel team they ran into in '01 would have, IMO, won every division except D1. They were spectacularly good, and SR was in that game even if clearly second best. The '05 Patrick Henry team was outstanding, too --they pretty much destroyed everyone else, but SR was tied going into the 4th. And '17 team was probably 3rd of the bunch, that Eastwood team was totall ground and pound good -- still can't believe the lost to Wheelersburg. The '20 SR team was really good, too, but Kirtland was just better -- another loss where SR probably played the state champ the best.
As for this thread, SR isn't top 5. I think they could play with most of the top 5, but they aren't. Hubbard, as I've said in other threads, will be such an outstanding clash of styles. SR has layed it to Hubbard in their first two NE8 games, but this years is gonna be different. I think it'll come down to which defense can get maybe 3 stops for the whole game.