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After surviving upset bid, Hough remains No. 1 in Observer’s Sweet 16 football poll

Hough High, backed its large student section, remains No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll
Hough High, backed its large student section, remains No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

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.

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Rk.School (Class)Rec.Prvs.
1.Hough (4A)6-01
2. Mallard Creek (4A)5-02
3.Myers Park (4A)6-03
4. Charlotte Christian (IND)5-04
5.Charlotte Catholic (3A)5-15
6,Vance (4A)5-16
7.Richmond Senior (4A)4-17
8.Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)5-18
9.Central Cabarrus (3A)6-013
10.Butler (4A)4-210
11.Sun Valley (3A)5-111
12.Lenoir Hibriten (2A)5-012
13.Weddington (3A)5-19
14.Gastonia Huss (3A)6-0NR
15.Kings Mountain (3A)5-116
16.Mooresville (4A)5-115

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.

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