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Mustangs and Mavericks lead Week 3 football rankings
Myers Park, Mallard Creek 1-2
Published Thursday, September 5, 2019 2:04 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Mallard Creek’s Kameren Askew, left, jumps on Reggion Bowman’s fumble in the Mavericks’ 33-17 win against Butler in a nonconference game last week at Mallard Creek. The Mavericks are second in the Magnificent Seven rankings, while the Bulldogs are fifth.

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Myers Park and Mallard Creek are still 1-2 in the weekly Magnificent Seven rankings.

The Mustangs, who had a week off ahead of Friday’s home game against Providence, maintain the top spot while Mallard Creek earned its first win of the season with a convincing 33-17 victory against Butler. No. 3 Vance also picked up its first win for new head coach Glenwood Ferebee with a convincing victory at Heritage (Va.) last week.

The movement is in the final four spots. Independence jumped three places to fourth after the Patriots mauled South Mecklenburg 42-7 to improve to 2-0. Independence, which has outscored its first two opponents 89-33, leaped ahead of Butler, which lost to Mallard Creek, and Hough, which recovered from its opening-week loss to Butler with a win against Providence.

There’s also a newcomer to the rankings in Harding, which is 2-0 for the first time since their N.C. 4A title season in 2017. The Rams were last in the Magnificent Seven in Week 2 last year.

This week’s ranked teams:

1. Myers Park (1-0). The Mustangs didn’t play last week, which means they had time to gear up for Providence, which is coming off a loss to Butler.

2. Mallard Creek (1-0-1). The Mavericks are as good as advertised, which is going to be troublesome for everyone in 2019. Ask Butler, who absorbed a 33-17 loss last week. Next up for the Mavericks is a road date at Rocky River.

3. Vance (1-0). The Cougars took care of business in Virginia with a dominant 35-7 win against Heritage. The nonconference schedule continues with a home date against Gastonia Hunter Huss.

4. Independence (2-0). The Patriots’ 42-7 win against South Meck gave Independence the same record as last season’s squad after two games. They’ll try to improve on it Friday against 1-1 Olympic.

5. Butler (1-1). Give the Bulldogs credit: They don’t back away from anybody. After absorbing a 16-point loss to Mallard Creek, Butler hits the road again, this time against Richmond County, which always measures its strength against Mecklenburg teams.

6. Hough (1-1). The Huskies got right with a 38-14 win against Providence. Next is a definite step up in competition with a road trip to South Carolina powerhouse Byrnes, which is unbeaten after two games.

7. Harding (2-0). Head coach Van Smith has the Rams in a confident place after administering a 69-8 thumping of Hopewell. West Charlotte, which fell out of the rankings after losing to West Mecklenburg last week, is next up.


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