South Iredell is back in the Observers Sweet 16 football poll.
The Vikings were preseason No. 16, but the 2A school lost its second game to then-unranked 3A Statesville.
Statesville is No. 6 in the Sweet 16 now and will host No. 3 Charlotte Catholic on Friday in the N.C. 3AA Western Regional final.
After losing to Statesville, South Iredell won seven straight before falling 31-21 to Newton-Conover. After that, however, the Vikings have been on a roll, winning four straight and scoring at least 45 points in three of them.
Friday, South Iredell will play at Salisbury (11-2) for the N.C. 2AA Western Regional championship.
The top of the poll didnt change much. South Point dipped from No. 3 to eighth after losing its unbeaten season at home last week to Statesville. Butler and Mallard Creek are Nos. 1 and 2, the way they began the season, and the national powers will meet Friday in the state semifinals at Memorial Stadium.
Note: No. 4 Northwestern will play Bluffton after a S.C. High School League ruling Monday that puts Goose Creek back out of the playoffs because of an ineligible player.
|School (No. 1 votes)Cl||Rec||Pts||Prv|
|1. Butler (3)||4A||13-0||48||1|
|2. Mallard Creek||4A||12-1||45||2|
|3. Charlotte Catholic||3A||12-1||40||3|
|T4. Rock Hill Northwestern||4A||11-2||37||5|
|T4. Rock Hill South Pointe||4A||12-1||37||6|
|7. Porter Ridge||4A||12-1||31||8|
|8. South Point||3A||12-1||27||3|
|T9. East Lincoln||2A||14-0||20||9|
|12. Charlotte Christian||IND||9-3||15||12|
|15. York, S.C.||4A||10-3||6||13|
|16. South Iredell||2A||12-2||5||NR|
Dropped Out: Sun Valley (4A, 9-4). Also receiving votes: Sun Valley (4A, 9-4). For rules on the poll and eligible teams, visit charlotteobserver.com/preps; a three-man panel of Observer sportswriters voted.