Three Observer-area high school football teams are ranked in the 2018 High School Football America Preseason top 100 poll.
Rock Hill South Pointe, a reigning S.C. state champion, is No 35. Mallard Creek, the 2017 N.C. 4AA runner-up, is No. 44. And Harding, the reigning N.C. 4A state champion, is No. 89.
▪ The highest ranked team from the Carolinas is Dutch Fork (SC). Dutch Fork, coached by former Independence High coach Tom Knotts, is No. 25.
Dutch Fork will begin the 2018 season in Charlotte, against Mallard Creek on Aug. 18.
▪ One area team, Charlotte Catholic, is "on the bubble." The Cougars are No. 113 overall.