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There is this Twitter photo that I saw on my iPhone 6 Plus a few weeks ago that made me stop and send it to my computer so I could see it bigger:

Mavericks came together after early loss, never lost again.

Last weekend, Mallard Creek football coach Mike Palmieri and offensive coordinator Joe Cox drove to Columbia to watch the S.C. 4A Division I championship game. ... Cox and Palmieri – whose Mallard Creek team is favored to beat Wake Forest Saturday in the N.C. 4AA final – returned with an important lesson for the Mavericks.

Mallard Creek is averaging more than 40 points a game against some of the state’s top teams. It will score more than 40 Saturday, too, against Wake Forest – and win a second straight state title.

The 2014 high school football season, at least in North Carolina, began with a big spotlight on Mallard Creek, the 2013 N.C. 4AA champion.

As the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs will hit the quarterfinal round Friday, Charlotte-area teams in 4A and 4AA are dominating those brackets.

It’s been a long time since Mecklenburg County sent two teams to the N.C. 4A and 4AA state football championships, but there’s a real chance this year.

Charlotte Christian coach Jason Estep, like me, is not a fan of the current N.C. Independent Schools Division I state playoffs.

The N.C. Independent Schools Division I playoffs begin Friday, and like most years, they will last two rounds and involve just four teams: Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day.

About 15 percent of all the email I get – and I get tons – concerns the Sweet 16. One of the more constant questions: Team A beat Team B earlier this year, so why is Team B ranked ahead of Team A?

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Langston Wertz Jr.
Langston Wertz Jr. writes about high schoool sports for The Charlotte Observer and charlotteobserver.com.
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