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Mallard Creek High tops Magnificent Seven football rankings
Mavericks No. 1, play No. 2 Butler Friday
 
Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:01 pm
by Herbert L. White

One week brought change to the Magnificent Seven rankings.


Preseason No. 6 West Mecklenburg pounded No. 1 Vance in the season opener, opening the door for Mallard Creek to rise atop the rankings. The  Mavericks stopped Scotland County in their debut, but another stiff test awaits at No. 2 Butler Friday in Matthews.

Myers Park, which cruised to a 31-0 win against Country Day, holds down the third spot, followed by West Meck and Harding, which turned back Hough 24-22 for the Rams’ biggest win in recent memory.

Hough and Vance round out the rankings at seventh and eighth.

This week’s Magnificent Seven:

1. Mallard Creek (1-0): The Mavericks are in a familiar place. Coach Mike Palmieri’s young squad showed poise and maturity at Scotland County, and will get another test at rival Butler in a heavyweight battle.

2. Butler (0-0):  The Bulldogs don’t circle many dates as really big games, but Mallard Creek certainly qualifies, especially as a season-opener.

3. Myers Park (1-0): The Mustangs looked as good as advertised in a 31-0 pasting of Country Day. Next up is Ardrey Kell, which lost its opener 28-0 at Weddington.

4. West Mecklenburg (1-0): The Hawks were very impressive in smacking Vance 42-19. The offense is dynamic and the defense is capable, too.
Next up is West Charlotte, which beat Garinger in coach Josh Harris’ Lions debut.

5. Harding (1-0): The Rams tallied a huge win at Hough last week, justifying their space in the rankings. Garinger is next, and a 2-0 start is likely.

6. Hough (0-1): The Huskies stumbled in coach Matt Jenkins’ debut, but can get on track at Providence Friday in another non-conference game.

7. Vance (0-1): The Cougars had no answers for West Mecklenburg, especially on defense. There’ll be some soul-searching in the Vance camp ahead of Friday’s game at Monroe.

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