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Football schedule | Sweet 16 | Eligible teams

Butler remained in the No. 1 spot, despite the loss to Richmond Senior, getting one more point than Mallard Creek and two more than Independence.

Vance zooms up into the Observer Sweet 16 top 10 after a convincing win at Rock Hill South Pointe

Rankings of the top 16 high school football programs in the Observer’s circulation area

Charlotte Catholic, one of the state’s historically dominant teams, jumped from No. 4 to the top spot of the Observer’s Boys’ Soccer Sweet 16 poll after beating former No. 1 Garinger on the road 1-0 Tuesday night.

Observer rankings of the top 16 high school football programs in the newspaper’s circulation area

Dropped out: Cannon (IND, 2-2); Myers Park (4A, 1-2); Community School of Davidson (1A, 0-1). Also receiving consideration: Porter Ridge (4A, 3-0-1); East Lincoln (2A, 3-0)

Charlotte Catholic beat Providence Day 35-23 Saturday and made a big jump up the Observer’s Sweet 16 high school football poll that measures the top teams in the newspaper’s coverage area.

Observer rankings of the top 16 high school football programs in our circulation area

Observer’s Sweet 16 preseason football rankings: It probably won’t surprise too many people who follow high school football locally that Mallard Creek starts the season No. 1.

For years, the epicenter of Mecklenburg County soccer was in the south and southeast, where powers such as Charlotte Catholic, East Mecklenburg, South Mecklenburg, Myers Park and Providence annually battled for conference supremacy – and often the right to advance to regional and state championships. Now, that power appears to be shifting.

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