High School Sports

Observer’s Sweet 16 football poll 11.02.15

Welcome back to the Sweet 16, Independence.

After starting the year at No. 3 in the preseason poll, Independence lost its first game 58-6 to Mallard Creek and 42-13 to Scotland County. Since then, first-year coach Justin Hardin has begun to get his team rolling. The Patriots are 7-1 since the slow start and have won five in a row. Independence rejoins the poll this week at No. 16.

The Patriots’ turnaround has put them in position to win a second straight Southwestern 4A conference championship. To do it, Independence will have to beat No. 6 Butler at home Friday as Mecklenburg County’s No. 1 high school football rivalry resumes -- with high stakes.

Observer Sweet 16

Team (Class)

Rec.

Pvs.

1. Charlotte Catholic (4A)

9-0

1

2. Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)

9-1

2

3. Hough (4A)

9-1

3

4. Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)

9-1

4

5. Mallard Creek (4A)

8-2

5

6. Butler (4A)

8-2

6

7. Weddington (3A)

9-1

7

8. A.L. Brown (4A)

8-2

8

9. East Lincoln (2A)

10-0

9

10. Davidson Day (IND)

10-0

10

11. Concord (3A)

9-1

11

12. Monroe (2A)

10

12

13. South Iredell (3A)

9-1

13

14. South Mecklenburg (4A)

8-2

14

15. South Point (3A)

8-2

15

16. Independence (4A)

7-3

NR

Dropped out: North Mecklenburg (4A, 7-3). Also receiving consideration: Marvin Ridge (3A, 7-3); Statesville (3A, 7-3); Robinson (3A, 7-3); Lincolnton (2A, 8-2); Forest Hills (2A, 8-2)

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