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Newcomers break into Magnificent Seven ranks
Central Cabarrus, Concord and Harding make cut
 
Published Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:18 am
by Herbert L. White

Mallard Creek High is a dominant No. 1 in the Magnificent Seven rankings. The rest of the field underwent a massive shift since last week.

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Mallard Creek running back Jaylen Samuels (27) helped the Mavericks steamroll Charlotte Catholic 52-7 last week to remain No. 1 in the Magnificent 7 rankings.


The Mavericks, who moved to 4-0 after thumping No. 5 Charlotte Catholic, has the top spot for the fifth straight week. Hough eased up to second place after a bye week and West Mecklenburg, which knocked off No. 2 Independence, ascended to third in The Post’s rankings of high school programs. To be eligible for consideration, programs must play in public-school leagues in Charlotte and Cabarrus counties.


New to the rankings are a pair of 3A schools from Cabarrus – Central Cabarrus and Concord – and 4A Harding. Central is fourth; Concord is sixth and Harding is seventh. All three are unbeaten at 3-0. In fact, the only team to make this week’s list is Independence, which slid from second to fifth after a 40-33 loss to West Meck.
Here’s this week’s Magnificent Seven:


1. Mallard Creek 4A, 4-0). The Mavericks are best team in the bunch. Last week, Mallard Creek clobbered Charlotte Catholic 52-7. This week: Open.


2. Hough (4A, 3-0). The Huskies moved up without playing a game. This week: A good test in Independence.


3. West Mecklenburg (4A, 4-0). Anyone still think West isn’t for real? Last week’s 40-33 victory at Independence should dispel any talk of pretender. This week: Bye.


4. Central Cabarrus (3A, 3-0). Vikings are new to the rankings after rolling Carson 45-10. This week: at West Stanly.


5. Independence (4A, 3-1). Loss to West Mecklenburg dropped the Patriots from the ranks of the unbeaten. Independence gets a chance to move up with Hough next on the schedule.


6. Concord (3A, 3-0). Spiders whipped Hickory Ridge 51-27 to break into the M7. Next up: Home game against South Rowan.


7. Harding (4A, 3-0). Rams may be the biggest surprise of the season thus far. Next up: Bye week.

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