|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|
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.
|PHOTO | HERBERT L. WHITE|
|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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