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West Mecklenburg High debuts at No. 4 in prep football rankings
Myers Park, Mallard Creek, Vance the top three
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:41 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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The top three in the Magnificent Seven is familiar.

The next four, however, keeps shifting.

Myers Park, Mallard Creek and Vance are Nos. 1-3 in The Post’s weekly rankings of public school football squads. No. 4 is 2-0 West Mecklenburg, which debuts in the rankings, followed by West Charlotte, which returns to the list. Olympic, which spent a couple weeks on the outside, is back as well. Independence, which dropped from No. 4 to seventh after losing to Olympic, is still in the mix.


West Mecklenburg High debuts in the Magnificent Seven high school football rankings this week at No. 4. Myers Park is No. 1, followed by Mallard Creek and Vance.

The rankings, with records in parentheses:

1. Myers Park (3-0). Another week, same beat as the Mustangs claim the top spot after a 63-3 beatdown of Providence. South Mecklenburg is the next victim on the march to the Southwestern 4A title.

2. Mallard Creek (2-0-1).  That tie against South Carolina Dutch Fork is deceptive, but the Mavericks are so good, it can be overlooked. Rocky River got a taste last week of how good these guys are in a 63-21 wipeout. Mallard Creek goes to the Palmetto State for the final time in 2019 for a date at Gaffney.

3. Vance (2-0). You can’t help but start the clock on Vance-Mallard Creek week. But before jumping too far ahead, there is the business of a bye week, then South Meck on Sept. 20.

4. West Mecklenburg (2-0). The Hawks under first-year coach Nick Mata, a former J.C. Smith player, has outscored opponents 41-12. They leave Mecklenburg County for the first time to play 3-0 Kings Mountain.

5. West Charlotte (2-1). A week after bouncing out of the rankings, the Lions are back. Beating westside rival Harding 30-23 in a thriller was perhaps the county’s best game last week. Dub C probably won’t have to sweat as much against another Berry Academy at home.

6. Olympic (2-1). The Trojans have won two straight after an opening-day drilling at Myers Park.  Another shot of confidence is in the offing with a road date at East Mecklenburg.

7. Independence (2-1). The Patriots were one point short of going 3-0 after a 29-28 loss to Olympic. They need some redemption, and 2-1 Ardrey Kell is in the way.


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