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Unbeaten North Meck High sails into Observer Sweet 16 football poll

North Meck running back Emmanuel Wilson, left, has helped the Vikings go 4-0, their best start in nearly 20 years
North Meck running back Emmanuel Wilson, left, has helped the Vikings go 4-0, their best start in nearly 20 years

There’s one new team in this week’s Sweet 16 prep football poll: the North Mecklenburg Vikings.

North Meck is 4-0, off to its best start in 18 years. In fact, since 2009, North Meck has won more than four games in a season just once – going 7-5 in 2015. But under first-year coach Eric Morman, the Vikings are averaging 32 points per game in 2017 and look like a legitimate league title contender.

North Meck beat Cox Mill 35-10 last week. The Vikings begin I-MECK 4A play Friday against Mooresville (2-2).

▪ There’s not much movement in the poll this week. Rock Hill South Pointe, ranked in the top 10 of several national polls, remains No. 1. The Stallions face No. 9 Shelby Friday.

Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 Football Poll

Rk.

Team (Class)

Rec.

Prvs.

1

Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)

4-0

1

2

Mallard Creek (4A)

4-0

2

3

Charlotte Catholic (3A)

4-0

3

4

Charlotte Christian (IND)

2-1

5

5

Butler (4A)

2-1

6

6

West Mecklenburg (4A)

4-1

4

7

Myers Park (4A)

4-0

7

8

Richmond (4A)

2-2

8

9

Shelby (2A)

5-0

9

10

Vance (4A)

3-1

10

11

AL Brown (3A)

4-1

12

12

Harding (4A)

4-1

11

13

Hickory Ridge (4A)

4-0

13

14

Belmont South Point (3A)

5-0

14

15

Lenoir Hibriten (2A)

5-0

15

16.

North Mecklenburg (4A)

4-0

NR

Dropped out: Weddington (3A, 4-1); Providence (4A, 3-2); Sun Valley (3A, 4-0); Bessemer City (1A, 4-0); Boiling Springs Crest (3A, 2-2)

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