Hough High, still No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, survived its first real test of the season Friday.
The Huskies got a late third quarter touchdown for a 12-7 lead, and a late-game interception sealed the five-point win over No. 16 Mooresville. The Blue Devils played the final three quarters without starting running back and No. 1 receiving target Quamir Connor, who suffered an ankle injury.
Mooresville fell one spot in this week’s poll, to No. 16.
▪ The top eight spots remained the same this week with some juggling after that because of ranked teams playing each other. One new team is in the poll: unbeaten Gastonia Huss is 6-0 and off to its best start in 12 years.
|2.||Mallard Creek (4A)||5-0||2|
|3.||Myers Park (4A)||6-0||3|
|4.||Charlotte Christian (IND)||5-0||4|
|5.||Charlotte Catholic (3A)||5-1||5|
|7.||Richmond Senior (4A)||4-1||7|
|8.||Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)||5-1||8|
|9.||Central Cabarrus (3A)||6-0||13|
|11.||Sun Valley (3A)||5-1||11|
|12.||Lenoir Hibriten (2A)||5-0||12|
|14.||Gastonia Huss (3A)||6-0||NR|
|15.||Kings Mountain (3A)||5-1||16|
Dropped out: Marvin Ridge (3A, 4-2). Also receiving consideration: Boiling Springs Crest (3A, 5-1); East Rutherford (2A, 6-0); Morganton Freedom (3A, 5-1); Northwest Cabarrus (3A, 6-0); Watauga (3A, 6-0); West Charlotte (4A, 5-1); West Mecklenburg (4A, 6-1)
Note: The Sweet 16 is a ranking of teams in the Observer’s coverage area. Eligible teams belong to the N.C. High School Athletic Association, the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association or the S.C. High School League.