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I-Meck 4A football leaders far from satisfied with their play
Mallard Creek, Vance in cleanup mode
 
Published Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | TROY HULL
Mallard Creek defensive back Kameren Askew and his Mavericks teammates ran their win streak to six games after a 30-0 win against West Charlotte. Mallard Creek is second in the Magnificent Seven rankings.

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The I-Meck 4A’s top teams aren’t exactly pleased with themselves.


Both Mallard Creek and Vance won last week but found much to criticize as the regular season winds down. First-place Mallard Creek walloped West Charlotte 30-0 with a strong defensive effort, but still haven’t found a groove. Mallard Creek, which has won six straight games, didn’t score in the first quarter but took care of business over the next three to win with ease.


 “It was a good game,” said Mavericks defensive end Jonathan Whitmore, who tallied three of the Mavericks’ six sacks. “We executed our plays, and everything leads to itself.”


Said coach Mike Palmieri: “We dropped too many balls early. We had a couple touchdowns we dropped. We have a lot of work to do. I don’t know if we’ll ever get there, but we’ll figure it out somehow.”


Vance improved its grip on second place in the I-Meck but needed overtime to accomplish it.


The Cougars outlasted Mooresville 20-14 but could’ve just as easily lost when the Blue Devils missed a fourth-and-goal pass that barely escaped the reach of a wide-open Ryan Jackson.


“I watch film, and film don’t lie,” Cougars coach Glenwood Ferebee said. “I knew they were a well-coached football team and they were going to present some problems. I just didn’t know they were going to present problems like this.”


Vance struggled against Mooresville’s defense before turning to their rushing attack to assert itself, capped by Stefon Thompson’s 10-yard scoring run on the first play of overtime.


“I feel in the first half we played down to the competition,” said Thompson, who gained 45 of his 61 yards after halftime. “In the second half, we got after it, then going into overtime, I was like ‘we’ve got to go get this’ and put the team on my back. They stuck with me and we got it done.”


The Cougars, who ran for 191 yards, have been hampered by offensive inconsistency but Ferebee believes there’s time and room to improve.


“Part of that is just being disciplined,” he said. “We’re trying to find our identity offensively. Some of the things I’ve done over the years we can’t do right now with the personnel we have so we’re trying to find ways to adjust with what we have.”


This week’s Magnificent Seven:


1. Myers Park (7-0, 3-0 Southwestern 4A). The Mustangs handled Butler with ease with a 31-13 win to keep their perfect season intact. Up next is 6-1, 3-0 Hickory Ridge, the last major hurdle to an unbeaten regular season.


2. Mallard Creek (6-0-1, 3-0 I-Meck 4A). The Mavericks have cause for concern, but no one’s been able to exploit their inconsistency. There’s just too much talent. Next up is Hopewell (3-4, 1-2).

3. Ardrey Kell (6-1, 3-0 SoMeck 4A). The Knights have earned this spot, with a 38-14 plastering of West Mecklenburg the latest evidence. Friday’s home date against 6-2 Olympic is Mecklenburg County’s must-see game.

4. Vance (5-1, 2-1 I-Meck 4A). The Cougars had to go all out to escape Mooresville 20-14 in overtime. Up next is a road date at West Charlotte (4-3, 1-2), which is looking to rebound after taking a league loss at Mallard Creek. Points are bound to come at a premium for both sides.

5. Olympic (6-2, 3-0 SoMeck 4A). The Trojans have won three straight and will need to come up with their best game to knock off No. 3 Ardrey Kell on the Knights’ home field.

6. Butler (4-3, 2-1 Southwestern 4A). The Bulldogs have played their way back to relevance, even with last week’s loss to Myers Park. Huge date against Independence with second place in the conference going to the winner.

7. Independence (4-3, 2-1 Southwestern 4A). The Patriots have won two in a row going into Friday’s rivalry game with Butler.

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