There's one week left in the 2012 high school football, and Butler's Bulldogs are exactly where they were in August: at the top of the Observer's Sweet 16 poll.
The Bulldogs, ranked as high as No. 6 nationally, beat nationally ranked Mallard Creek 27-6 to start the season and beat the Mavericks 27-0 in the state semifinals Friday. Butler has also beaten seven-time N.C. state champion Independence twice and ended East Forsyth's unbeaten season. Many high school pundits predicted East Forsyth would win the state title.
Now, Butler has one more mission to complete its third unbeaten season in four years: defeat Fayetteville Britt in Saturday's N.C. 4AA championship game in Chapel Hill.
Charlotte Catholic moved up a spot to a season high No. 2 after soundly beating Statesville in the N.C. 3AA semifinal. The Cougars play two-time state champ Northern Guilford in Winston-Salem in the 3AA finals Saturday.
Rk. School (No. 1 votes) Cl Rec Pts Prv
1. Butler (3) 4A 14-0 48 1
2. Charlotte Catholic 3A 13-1 44 3
3. Rock Hill Northwestern 4A 12-2 41 T4
4. Mallard Creek 4A 12-2 40 2
5. Porter Ridge 4A 13-1 35 7
6. Rock Hill South Pointe 4A 12-2 34 T4
7. East Lincoln 2A 15-0 29 T9
8. Statesville 3A 13-2 28 6
9. South Point 3A 12-1 23 8
10. Independence 4A 10-3 20 T9
11. Crest 3A 10-3 17 11
12. Charlotte Christian IND 9-3 16 12
13. Concord 3A 13-2 12 13
14. South Iredell 2A 13-2 11 16
15. Albemarle 1A 13-2 5 14
16. York, S.C. 4A 10-3 4 15
Dropped Out: None. Also receiving votes: None. For rules on the poll and eligible teams, visit charlotteobserver.com/preps; a three-man panel of Observer sportswriters voted.
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