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Hough, West Meck rise in Magnificent Seven
Mallard Creek, Independence remain 1-2
 
Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:02 pm
by Herbert L. White

There’s movement in this week’s Magnificent Seven rankings.


Mallard Creek High is still No. 1 after stopping previous No. 3 Butler 20-7 last week and Independence rolled North Mecklenburg 42-0 to retain the second spot. But Butler and No. 4 Charlotte Catholic slid while Hough, Olympic and West Mecklenburg moved up.


New No. 3 Hough (2-0) rolled over Mooresville 45-14 behind Josh Stilley’s career-best 301 yards and two touchdowns and Caleb Hines’ 185 yards receiving and two scores. No. 4 Olympic, which had a bye last week, will find out how good it is with a trip to Independence in the game of the week.


The Magnificent 7 is as follows.


1. Mallard Creek: The Mavericks have been good enough to get deep into the 4AA playoffs the last three seasons. This season’s challenge is to finally get to and win the state championship. Mallard Creek will get a push from Independence and Myers Park, but the Mavs have the combination of talent and coaching to come home No. 1.


2. Independence:  The Patriots have outscored opponents 91-0, so the defense has been pretty good. Friday’s game against Olympic will provide a better measure of just how good.


3. Hough (2-0): The Huskies made significant strides in blowing past Mooresville. Next up is a trip to Lake Norman.


4. Olympic (1-0): The Trojans advanced without playing last week. It won’t be as easy this week with a game at No. 2 Independence.


5. Butler (1-1): The Bulldogs were yanked back to earth by Mallard Creek but don’t get much time to grieve with Greensboro Page coming to Matthews.


6. West Mecklenburg (2-0): The Hawks wore out West Charlotte 64-6, making it two in a row against the Lions. West has outscored opponents 133-6 in two games.


7. Charlotte Catholic (1-1): The lost to Rock Hill Northwestern 38-17. The Cougars’ daunting schedule continues against Charlotte Country Day.

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