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Monroe’s Redhawks back in the Observer’s Sweet 16 high school football poll

Monroe High School football coach has led his team to Friday’s N.C. 2AA quarterfinal -- and a spot in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 high school football poll. DAVIE HINSHAW - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
Monroe High School football coach has led his team to Friday’s N.C. 2AA quarterfinal -- and a spot in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 high school football poll. DAVIE HINSHAW - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com Staff Photographer

Monroe is back in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.

The reigning N.C. 2AA state champions started the season 1-2, losing to eventual unbeaten private school Division I state champion Charlotte Latin (27-20) and to 3A Sun Valley (45-37). But the Redhawks have won 10 straight games since that start to reach Friday’s N.C. 2AA quarterfinal with East Lincoln.

Monroe lost starting quarterback Zephaniah Wall to a knee injury in the first game of that win streak, a 21-7 victory over Weddington in September. Monroe only scored 27 points in the first two games without Wall, but has averaged 45.4 per game since.

Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 Football Poll

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

Team (record)

Cl.

Prvs.

1. Rock Hill S. Pointe (11-1)

4A

1

2. Butler (12-1)

4A

2

3. Vance (12-1)

4A

3

4. Charlotte Catholic (12-1)

4A

5

5. Charlotte Latin (12-0)

IND

6

<EN>6. Mallard Creek (9-3)

4A

4

7. Myers Park (11-2)

4A

8

8. Rock Hill Northwestern (9-2)

5A

9

9. Lake Norman (12-1)

4A

7

10. Charlotte Christian (IND)

IND

10

11. Davidson Day (8-3)

IND

11

12. Hickory Ridge (11-2)

3A

12

13. Lincolnton (12-1)

2A

13

14. Weddington (10-3)

3A

14

15. East Lincoln (11-2)

2A

15

16. Monroe (11-2)

2A

NR

Dropped out: AL Brown (3A, 9-4). Also receiving consideration: South Point (3A, 9-4); Hunter Huss (2A, 10-3); Marvin Ridge (3A, 8-5); Mountain Island Charter (1A, 10-3)

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