|Mallard Creek football working toward best days of the season|
|Mavericks coach: 'We're not playing our best ball'|
|Published Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:12 pm|
|PHOTO | PAUL WILLIAMS III|
|Mallard Creek quarterback Dustin Noller connected on 21-of-28 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 36-0 win against Lake Norman. The Mavericks are 5-0-1.|
Mallard Creek hasn’t gotten to its best football yet.
The Mavericks, who are second in the Magnificent Seven rankings, are more than good at 5-0-1 against one of the toughest schedules in North Carolina, but haven’t reached peak efficiency yet according to coach Mike Palmieri. If all goes well, that happens in November and December.
“We’re not playing our best ball by no means right now, but we don’t want to,” he said. “We want to build for later on in the season – late November and early December – but we’re coming together as a team.”
The Mavericks looked very together after blasting Lake Norman 36-0 with 489 yards total offense while the defense crafted its first shutout of the season.
“We executed our plays,” said senior quarterback Dustin Noller, who completed 21-of-28 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of play. “Everybody’s executing one assignment, everybody’s executing the next play. We had some mess-ups [in a 17-7 win against Vance the week before], but we fixed them and…it was good.”
Said Palmieri: “We cut down the penalties. I thought we played a clean game, which is something we wanted to do.”
Noller was really good with 176 passing yards and three scores in the first half alone before checking out in the fourth quarter with the game in hand.
This week’s Magnificent Seven:
1. Myers Park (6-0). The Mustangs are obviously good, and for Friday’s opponent, Butler, they’re motivated by last year’s upset loss.
2. Mallard Creek (5-0-1). The Mavericks aren’t perfect, but improving to the point of scary after destroying Lake Norman 36-0. Next up is a home date against West Charlotte.
3. Vance (5-1). The Cougars rebounded from a 10-point loss to Mallard Creek by pummeling Hopewell 56-0 to move up a spot. Mooresville is next.
4. Ardrey Kell (5-1). The Knights have won five straight after a 29-28 squeaker against Harding. West Mecklenburg will pose another test.
5. Olympic (5-2). Give the Trojans credit for the methodical success they’ve built seven games into the season. They beat South Mecklenburg 27-8 last week and take on Berry Academy Friday.
6. West Charlotte (4-2). The Lions are still in the hunt for an outstanding season behind old school defense and a physical ground attack. Going to Mallard Creek for Friday’s I-Meck 4A showdown is a different beast, though.
7. Butler (4-2). Look who’s back. The Bulldogs rolled by Porter Ridge 35-14, but face No. 1 Myers Park on the road.
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