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Mallard Creek will win the NC 4AA football championship

Mecklenburg County teams have won nine of the 12 N.C. 4AA football championships since the division was started in 2002. Think of Charlotte football like the SEC.

Mallard Creek is the top team in Charlotte again, and the Mavericks are big, hungry and battle-tested. Charlotte Catholic coach Mike Brodowicz said it’s hard to identify a star on the Mavericks’ team because they’re all so good.

Providence High quarterback Caleb York said what makes them tough is that Mallard Creek’s defensive linemen, starters and reserves could all start for most any other team in Charlotte. “Man,” York said, “they just keep coming.”

Playing in the most competitive football city in the state, Mallard Creek this season has beaten private-school champion Charlotte Christian, winner of three consecutive state titles; three-time 4A champion Butler; state quarterfinalist Hough; and two state semifinalists – Vance and Lake Norman – on its way to the final.

Wake Forest? It did most of its work against Raleigh-area teams that haven’t produced a state champion since 1987. Anyone remember President Ronald Reagan?

Mallard Creek is averaging more than 40 points a game against some of the state’s top teams. It will score more than 40 Saturday, too – and win a second straight state title.

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