High School Sports

The Observer’s Sweet 16; Associated Press Top 10 poll



Charlotte Catholic is back in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.

The two-time N.C. 3A champs have won four straight games since an embarrassing 45-0 loss to No. 5 Weddington on Oct. 4 knocked the Cougars out of the poll.

Since then, Catholic has started to produce points. In a 2-3 start to the season, Catholic scored 14 points in the three losses. In the win streak, the Cougars are averaging 32.2.

Catholic (6-3, 5-1 Southern Carolinas) will play at Marvin Ridge (6-4, 5-1) Friday to determine second place in the conference.

Associated Press poll

Mallard Creek (4A), Weddington (3A) and Shelby (2A) are still ranked No. 1 i their respective classes, heading into the final week of the regular-season.

The Observer’s Sweet 16

Rk.School (Cl)RecPrvs
1.Mallard Creek (4A)9-0-11
2.Myers Park (4A)10-02
3.Richmond Senior (4A)10-03
4.Vance (4A)8-14
5.Weddington (3A)10-05
6.Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)10-06
7.Northwest Cabarrus (3A)10-07
8.Clover, SC (5A)10-08
9.Ardrey Kell (4A)9-19
10.Kings Mountain (3A)9-110
11.Shelby (2A)8-111
12.Statesville (3A)10-012
13.Butler (4A)7-313
14.Boiling Springs Crest (3A)8-214
15.Boone Watauga (3A)10-115
16.Charlotte Catholic (3A)6-3NR

Dropped out: West Stanly (2A, 8-1). Also receiving consideration: Olympic (4A, 8-3); Harrisburg Hickory RIdge (4A, 7-3); Gastonia Huss (3A, 7-2); Alexander Central (3A, 7-3); North Lincoln (2A, 9-1); Lenoir Hibriten (2A, 9-1); Mountain Island Charter (1A, 8-2); Charlotte Christian (IND, 7-2)

Associated Press Top 10 Poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of November 5, 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 (8) (9-0-1) 115 1

† 2. Charlotte Myers Park (1) (10-0) 107 2

† 3. Richmond County (3) (10-0) 101 3

† 4. Charlotte Vance (9-1) 82 4

† 5. Wake Forest (9-1) 70 5

† 6. Raleigh Leesville Road (10-0) 58 6

† 7. West Forsyth (9-1) 43 7

† 8. Greensboro Grimsley (9-1) 28 8

† 9. Scotland County (9-1) 24 9

†10. Southern Pines Pinecrest (9-1) 10 NR

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<

^Class 3-A=

† 1. Weddington (12) (10-0) 120 1

† 2. Northwest Cabarrus (10-0) 99 2

† 3. Lee County (10-0) 93 3

† 4. Southern Nash (10-0) 78 4

† 5. Eastern Alamance (10-0) 60 6

† 6. Statesville (10-0) 55 5

† 7. Kings Mountain (9-1) 49 7

† 8. Wilmington New Hanover (9-1) 36 8

† 9. Havelock (9-1) 32 9

†10. Clayton Cleveland (9-1) 21 10

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<

^Class 2-A=

† 1. Shelby (8) (8-1) 115 1

† 2. Randleman (4) (10-0) 108 2

† 3. Reidsville (9-1) 93 3

† 4. Lenoir Hibriten (9-1) 81 4

† 5. SouthWest Edgecombe (9-1) 58 5

† 6. Clinton (8-1) 56 7

† 7. Lawndale Burns (8-2) 41 6

† 8. North Lincoln (9-1) 33 10

† 8. Burnsville Mountain Heritage (8-1) 33 8

†10. Brevard (9-1) 17 NR

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: Southwest Onslow 10. <

^Class 1-A=

† 1. Tarboro (10) (10-0) 118 1

† 2. East Surry (1) (10-0) 108 2

† 3. Edenton Holmes (9-0) 91 3

† 4. Robbinsville (1) (10-0) 89 4

† 5. Murphy (9-1) 73 5

† 6. Mitchell County (9-1) 59 6

† 7. Princeton (9-0) 38 7

† 8. Mt. Airy (8-2) 32 T8

† 9. Swain County (8-2) 29 T8

†10. Rosewood (9-1) 10 NR

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<

¶ ___

¶ 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 Daily Advance, Elizabeth City; The Daily News, Jacksonville; The News Herald, Morganton; Mount Airy News, Mount Airy; North Carolina News Network, Raleigh; The Salisbury Post, Salisbury; The Wilson Times, Wilson; Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem; The Star- News, Wilmington.

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