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Mallard Creek maintains grip on Observer’s Sweet 16 prep football poll

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

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    Observer Sweet 16

    Rk. Team (Class) Rec. Pts. Pv.
    1Mallard Creek (4A) (4)7-0641
    2Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)7-0602
    3Butler (4A)6-2544
    4Hough (4A)6-1503
    5South Point (3A)8-0485
    6Crest (3A)6-1367
    7West Mecklenburg (4A)6-1358
    8.Charlotte Christian (IND)7-0336
    9York, S.C. (4A)7-03210
    T10Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)5-2289
    T10Charlotte Catholic (4A)5-228T11
    12Burns (3A)7-026T11
    13Concord (3A)7-01614
    14A.L. Brown (4A)6-1915
    15East Lincoln (2A)6-1516
    16South Iredell (3A)6-14T11

    Dropped out: None. Also receiving votes: North Rowan (2A, 7-0); Hibriten (3A, 7-0); Rocky River (4A, 7-1); Weddington (3A, 6-1). Note: Four Observer sportswriters voted.



Mallard Creek struggled with penalties and a few turnovers Friday against Hough in the game of the week in the Observer’s coverage area. But despite the struggles, the Mavericks won 38-21 to remain atop the Sweet 16 football poll.

The top two spots continue to be held by nationally ranked teams, with Rock Hill’s Northwestern High still at No. 2 behind Mallard Creek.

Butler moved up a spot to No. 3, and Hough, after its loss, dropped a spot. There was a little movement in the middle and South Iredell fell five spots to No. 16 after being upset 42-41 by Lake Norman (5-2). That ended South Iredell’s 12-game win streak, dating to last season.

Observer Sweet 16

Rk. Team (Class) Rec. Pts. Pv.
1Mallard Creek (4A) (4)7-0641
2Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)7-0602
3Butler (4A)6-2544
4Hough (4A)6-1503
5South Point (3A)8-0485
6Crest (3A)6-1367
7West Mecklenburg (4A)6-1358
8.Charlotte Christian (IND)7-0336
9York, S.C. (4A)7-03210
T10Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)5-2289
T10Charlotte Catholic (4A)5-228T11
12Burns (3A)7-026T11
13Concord (3A)7-01614
14A.L. Brown (4A)6-1915
15East Lincoln (2A)6-1516
16South Iredell (3A)6-14T11

Dropped out: None. Also receiving votes: North Rowan (2A, 7-0); Hibriten (3A, 7-0); Rocky River (4A, 7-1); Weddington (3A, 6-1). Note: Four Observer sportswriters voted.

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