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Mallard Creek wins Sweet 16 football poll championship

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

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  • Observer Sweet 16

    First-place votes in parentheses:

    Rk. Team (Class) Rec. Pts. Pv.
    1Mallard Creek (4A) (4)16-0641
    2Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)15-0602
    3Crest (3A)14-2544
    4Charlotte Christian (IND)12-0524
    5Charlotte Catholic (4A)12-3465
    T6.Butler (4A)11-4416
    T6.Concord (3A)15-1417
    8.Shelby (2A)12-43512
    9.Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)11-3339
    10South Point (3A)13-132T8
    11Hough (4A)10-22410
    12Monroe (2A)13-32211
    13Rocky River (4A)11-31613
    14Forestview (3A)11-4814
    15East Lincoln (2A)9-5616
    16North Rowan (2A)13-1415

    Dropped out: None. Also receiving votes: Independence (4A, 8-5); Weddington (3A, 11-3); Central Cabarrus (3A, 11-2). Note: Four Observer sports writers voted.



The Mallard Creek Mavericks ended the season where they started it: on top of the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.

The nationally ranked Mavericks won the 2013 poll over nationally ranked Rock Hill Northwestern, the S.C. 4A Division II champion. Mallard Creek won all 16 games and its starting defense allowed four points all season. The Mavericks beat Wake Forest 59-21 in the N.C. 4AA championship game, leading 59-7 at one point.

It was Mallard Creek’s first state championship, and it’s the Mavericks’ first Sweet 16 championship as well.

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