High School Sports

The NC statewide media prep football poll is out? Did the No. 1 team flip-flop again?

Mallard Creek moved to No. 1 in the N.C. high school football media poll last week and remain there in the latest rankings

The Mavericks got 10 first-place votes in the 4A poll and Richmond Senior got the other four from a 14-member media panel. Richmond is ranked No. 3 overall.

Former No. 1 Myers Park, which is averaging more than 50 points per game and hasn’t lost, is No. 2 in this week’s poll. The Mustangs who had been ranked No. 1 for many weeks until surrendering the spot to Mallard Creek last week, did not receive any first place votes.

Elsewhere, Weddington (3A) and Shelby (2A) remained atop their polls.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of October 22, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:

^Class 4-A=

† 1. Charlotte Mallard Creek (10) (7-0-1) 132 1

† 2. Charlotte Myers Park (8-0) 123 2

† 3. Richmond County (4) (8-0) 111 3

† 4. Scotland County (8-0) 90 4

† 5. Charlotte Vance (6-1 ) 76 6

† 6. East Forsyth (7-1 ) 59 7

† 7. Wake Forest (7-1) 55 T8

† 8. Raleigh Leesville Road (8-0) 48 T8

† 9. West Forsyth (7-1 ) 30 5

†10. Greensboro Grimsley (8-1 ) 23 10

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<

^Class 3-A=

† 1. Weddington (14) (8-0) 140 1

† 2. Northwest Cabarrus (8-0) 114 2

† 3. Lee County (8-0) 109 3

† 4. Statesville (8-0) 75 4

† 5. Kings Mountain (7-1) 70 6

† 6. Southern Nash (8-0) 65 7

† 7. Eastern Alamance (8-0) 53 T8

† 8. Havelock (7-1) 43 T8

† 9. Wilmington New Hanover (7-1) 38 10

†10. Clayton Cleveland (7-1) 22 NR

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: Asheville Reynolds 12. <

^Class 2-A=

† 1. Shelby (10) (7-1) 134 1

† 2. Randleman (4) (8-0) 114 2

† 3. Reidsville (7-1) 99 3

† 4. Wallace-Rose Hill (6-2) 90 4

† 5. SouthWest Edgecombe (7-1) 66 6

† 6. Lenoir Hibriten (7-1) 61 7

† 7. Lawndale Burns (6-2) 39 5

† 8. Burnsville Mountain Heritage (6-1) 38 8

† 9. Clinton (6-1) 34 10

†10. Hertford County (7-1) 32 9

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: North Lincoln 26. <

^Class 1-A=

† 1. Tarboro (13) (8-0) 139 1

† 2. East Surry (1) (8-0) 126 2

† 3. Edenton Holmes (7-0) 104 3

† 4. Robbinsville (8-0) 98 5

† 5. Murphy (7-1) 85 6

† 6. Princeton (7-0) 59 9

† 7. Mitchell County (7-1) 58 4

† 8. Swain County (7-1) 42 7

† 9. Mt. Airy (6-2) 26 10

†10. Polk County (7-1) 19 8

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: Thomas Jefferson 10. <

¶ ___

¶ All Associated Press members in North Carolina are eligible to participate in the high school Football poll. Those who voted for this week’s poll are: Citizen-Times, Asheville; Hendersonville Times News, Hendersonville; The Times-News, Burlington; The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte; Durham Herald-Sun, Durham; The Daily Advance, Elizabeth City; The Daily News, Jacksonville; The News Herald, Morganton; Mount Airy News, Mount Airy; North Carolina News Network, Raleigh; Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids; The Salisbury Post, Salisbury; Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem; The Star- News, Wilmington.

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