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Charlotte high school football: Week 1 polls, top players, games of the week

Country Day QB Russell Tabor gets chance he always dreamt of

A lifer at Charlotte Country Day, junior quarterback Russell Tabor would watch the team play as a kid, and win big, and dreamt of the day he would get his chance. A year ago, he led the Bucs to its first state title since 2010.
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A lifer at Charlotte Country Day, junior quarterback Russell Tabor would watch the team play as a kid, and win big, and dreamt of the day he would get his chance. A year ago, he led the Bucs to its first state title since 2010.

High School Football Games of the week

No. 8 Butler (0-0) vs. No. 7 Hough (0-0) at Matthews Sportsplex, Thurs, 8 p.m.: Two teams with difficult starts to the season, which means winning this Week 1 showdown is a must. Butler plays at Sweet 16 No. 1 Mallard Creek and No. 4 Richmond Senior in the following two weeks. Hough has SoMECK contender Providence next week, followed by games against S.C. state power Duncan Byrnes and No. 2 Myers Park.

No. 1 Mallard Creek (0-0) at Dutch Fork, SC (0-0), Fri, 6 p.m.: This game is being televised nationally by ESPN2. Pitting a pair of nationally ranked state title favorites, this is a game some fans have waited a year for. The teams were scheduled to play at Memorial Stadium 12 months ago, but thunderstorms prevented the kickoff.

Ardrey Kell (0-0) at No. 6 Weddington (0-0), Fri, 7:30 p.m.: Ardrey Kell is threat to win the SoMECK 7 4A championship and Weddington is a real threat to repeat as state 3AA champions. This cross-county rivalry always draws a big crowd. Weddington leads the all-time series 9-4, but has only lost one time since 2013, when the teams began playing at the start of the season. Ardrey Kell last won in 2016, 30-27.

South Mecklenburg (0-0) at No. 5 Charlotte Catholic (0-0), Fri, 7:30: Two teams that are literally across the street from each other face off. It’s the debut of new Sabres coach Joe Evans, who quickly built competitive teams at Ardrey Kell and Independence. Catholic won the N.C. 3A state championship last year and appears ready for another run.

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Important news about next month’s Butler at Richmond Senior game

High School Football Players of the week

Wanyae Freeman, Carolina Bearcats: Threw for 200 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-13 win over Statesville Christian. He ran 30 yards for another score.

Angel Gonzalez, Metrolina Christian: Completed 15-of-19 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-0 win over SouthLake Christian.

Jake Helfrich, Charlotte Latin: Junior quarterback completed 14-of-21 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-0 win over Covenant Day Friday. He ran for two touchdowns.

Sweet 16 Poll

Rk.TeamClass
1.Mallard Creek4A
2.Myers Park4A
3.Vance4A
4.Richmond Senior4A
5.Charlotte Catholic3A
6.Weddington3A
7.Hough4A
8.Butler4A
9.Shelby2A
10.Chester (SC)3A
11.Kings Mountain3A
12.South Point2A
13.Charlotte ChristianIND
14.Northwest Cabarrus3A
15.Gastonia Huss3A
16.Rock Hill South Pointe4A
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