The Mallard Creek football team will begin the 2014 season nationally ranked.
The Mavericks are ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings.
Mallard Creek finished last season at the same position in the USA Today rankings after going 16-0 and winning the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA championship.
The Mavericks open the 2014 season Aug. 21 against Charlotte Christian at Memorial Stadium.