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Rematch for berth in 4AA final
Butler, Mallard Creek square off again
 
Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:07 pm
by Herbert L. White

One step from a chance at a state championship.

That’s what this week’s round of the N.C. football playoffs offer.

Mallard Creek and Butler will finally square off in the postseason, a scenario that’s been talked about the previous three years to settle who has Mecklenburg County’s best program. The Mavericks and Bulldogs played in August, but that was nearly four months ago. A lot more than bragging rights are on the line in December as Mallard Creek tries to earn its first berth in the final and the Bulldogs look to repeat.

In the 4A ranks, Charlotte Catholic looks to remain on its roll against Greensboro Dudley on the Panthers’ home field. Catholic, which jumped to 4A this year, has been as good as advertised, but they’ll face a Panthers squad that hasn’t tasted defeat this season.

Here’s a roundup of this week’s games.

4AA

• Butler (11-3, No. 4 seed) @ Mallard Creek (14-0, No. 2): This should be a good rematch. Mallard Creek beat the Bulldogs 20-7 on Aug. 30. Both teams have evolved since then, but can Butler’s defense do enough to slow the Mavericks’ offensive speed? Mallard Creek is playing with a lot of confidence and being a step away from the state title game is a really big deal on campus. The Bulldogs, of course, know all about state titles with three in the last four seasons.

4A

• Charlotte Catholic (12-2, No. 4 seed) @ Greensboro Dudley (14-0, No. 2): The Cougars are playing their best ball of the season, and they’ll need it against Dudley, which beat Rocky River 28-7 last week. Catholic will lean on a familiar asset in tailback Elijah Hood to control the clock and set up the pass.  The Panthers are dynamic and have the speed to compete with anyone in the state.

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