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Charlotte Observer Sweet 16: A.L. Brown climbs to No. 4; Charlotte Christian returns to poll

A.L. Brown running back Jaylyn Cagle leaps into the end zone to score against Vance Monday at Rocky River High.
A.L. Brown running back Jaylyn Cagle leaps into the end zone to score against Vance Monday at Rocky River High. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Christian rejoins the Sweet 16 this week after pulling off a 24-7 win against previously unbeaten Charlotte Latin.

The Knights, three-time defending state private school champions, have been a fixture in the Observer football poll in recent years.

A.L. Brown, once a North Carolina powerhouse, has not.

The Wonders, however, recorded a big – and convincing – 31-14 against Vance on Monday in Charlotte. Vance fell two spots to No. 8. A.L. Brown, coached by former Butler High coach Mike Newsome, jumped from No. 4 to No. 7.

Ardrey Kell dropped out after Monday’s 12-7 loss to Olympic.

Observer Sweet 16

Team (Class)

Rec.

Prv.

 1. Mallard Creek (4A)

6-1

1

 2. Charlotte Catholic (4A)

5-0

3

 3. Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)

6-1

4

 4. A.L. Brown (4A)

6-0

7

 5. Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)

5-1

5

 6. South Mecklenburg (4A)

6-0

8

 7. Hough (4A)

5-1

9

 8. Vance (4A)

4-2

6

 9. Butler (4A)

5-2

2

10. Weddington (3A)

5-1

10

11. Mooresville (4A)

4-2

12

12. East Lincoln (2A)

6-0

13

13. Davidson Day (Ind.)

6-0

14

14. Monroe (2A)

6-0

15

15. Concord (3A)

5-1

16

16. Charlotte Christian (Ind.)

4-2

NR

Dropped Out: Ardrey Kell (4A, 3-3). Also receiving consideration: South Iredell (3A, 5-1); South Point (3A, 4-2).

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