For the only two seasons of the I-Meck's existence, Mallard Creek has owned its opponents, winning all 11 league games in easy fashion by a combined score of 378-80.
This year, the Mavericks have continued to pummel everyone in their path as Mallard Creek averages over 50 points per game and give up just over a touchdown per game.
Leading the way is all-state quarterback Marquise Williams, who has passed for more than 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns and has run for 537 yards and 11 more scores.
But Williams is hardly a one-man show, as a talented squad has turned a solid program into one of the state's elite high school football teams.
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"Williams has been a special player in this program for four years," said Mallard Creek football coach Mike Palmieri. "He does something new every week that you're like 'wow, I've never seen that before.' It's hard to believe, but I think he gets better and better every week."
While the Mavericks may seem invincible, Hopewell is one of the few teams in the state with a chance at taking them down even after being upset by Mooresville Friday. With first-place in the I-Meck at stake, both teams have a lot to play for.
The Titans have their own strengths with a dynamic tailback duo in Dondre' Lewis-Freeman and Denzel Heath.
Hopewell's defense will also have to be up to the task of containing Williams and company. That will take a total team effort with the defense making plays and the Titan offense keeping the Maverick offense off the field as much as possible.
"We have to play well to win every week," said Hopewell football coach Chris Rust, whose team is 1-2 all-time against Mallard Creek. "But this will be a different week."
Mallard Creek (8-0)
Mallard Creek, which is No. 2 in the state in the 4A poll, has looked like a top-ranked team all year behind William's play. This game will be no different as the Mavericks depend on Williams to make things happen with his arms and legs.
Tailback Jela Duncan, who has come on in the last few weeks and is averaging 110-plus yards per game, has added a new dimension to an already stacked lineup.
Williams has great options outside, including Kevin Asante and Jamel Harbison, who had caught 13 of his 23 touchdown tosses going into last Friday's game at North Meck.
While the Maverick offense, gets most of the credit, the defense - led by Alex Glover - is dominating opponents.
Mallard Creek has not been in any close games this year, but that is because they haven't allowed their opponents to stay in the game.
The Titans are off to their best start since 2007, when they finished 10-2. But this Friday, Hopewell will get its toughest test of the season.
While a lot of the focus will be on stopping Williams, the Hopewell offense needs to play their part by helping the Titans control the clock with a dynamic running game led by Lewis-Freeman and Heath.
Senior QB Cole Blythe also needs to have a good game and try to find wideout Leroy Jackson off play-action.
Mallard Creek's offense is going to score, so Hopewell will need to counter and try to keep a lead or tie to keep the pressure on the Mavericks.
The Hopewell defense will have to have a titan effort to stay close to Mallard Creek. Heath, also the team's top linebacker, and safety Michael Russell will be two of the biggest keys to helping contain Williams and try to force him into a mistake or two, which he rarely makes.
Hopewell will have to play a nearly perfect game to beat Mallard Creek, but if the game gets tight late, anything could happen as the Mavericks have not played in a close-game situation this season.