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Charlotte-Area High School Football Players of the Week

Mallard Creek Mavericks head coach Mike Palmieri, left, hugs quarterback James Smith, right, following the team's victory over Page at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Mallard Creek defeated Page 49-6 to win the NC 4-AA Championship.
Mallard Creek Mavericks head coach Mike Palmieri, left, hugs quarterback James Smith, right, following the team's victory over Page at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Mallard Creek defeated Page 49-6 to win the NC 4-AA Championship. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

James Smith, Mallard Creek: Senior quarterback polished off one of the best careers in Mecklenburg County history in Saturday’s 49-6 N.C. 4AA state finals win over Greensboro Page. Smith won his third straight state championship and his second straight state championship MVP award. He completed 11 of 18 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown.

Jaret Anderson, Charlotte Catholic: Ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns, including a 14-yarder with 50 seconds remaining in Catholic’s 27-20 win over Greenville Rose in the N.C. 4A state final. Catholic won the school’s fourth state title and first since 2005.

Zephaniah Wall, Monroe: Junior QB sparked Saturday’s 38-19 win over Bunn in the N.C. 2AA state finals, throwing for 283 yards and four touchdowns. Jadarious McManus caught seven passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

Gage Moloney, Rock Hill Northwestern: Threw for five touchdowns, ran for another in a 63-13 win over Lexington in the S.C. 4A Division II state finals Saturday. He threw for 270 yards as Northwestern won its fifth state title and third since 2010. The 63 points tied the record for most points scored in a South Carolina state championship game.

Greg Ruff, Rock Hill South Pointe: Threw for three touchdowns, ran for a fourth in a 35-0 victory over Midland Valley Saturday in the S.C. 3A state championship. South Pointe won its fourth state title in eight seasons. Ruff threw for 165 yards and ran for 147.

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