|NC 4AA semifinalist Vance High ends football season ranked No. 1|
|Second straight Magnificent Seven title|
|Published Friday, December 6, 2019 11:36 am|
|PHOTO | HERBERT L. WHITE|
|Vance High, which earned a berth in the N.C. 4AA football semifinals, is the Magnificent Seven champion for the second straight year.|
For the second year in a row, Vance High is the Magnificent Seven football champion.
The Cougars, who beat West Forsyth last week in the third round of the N.C. 4AA playoffs, overtook Myers Park for the top spot. Vance travels to Richmond Senior Friday in the West Region championship game.
The Cougars, who moved up to second in the rankings last week after beating Mallard Creek, took another step up after Richmond beat Myers Park 35-32 in the 4AA playoffs. The Mustangs, who had been No. 1 the entire season, fell to second.
This week’s Magnificent Seven:
1. Vance (11-2). The Cougars put everything together in beating West Forsyth on the road. They’ll need to do it again at Richmond Senior, the West Region’s top seed.
2. Myers Park. (12-1). The Mustangs couldn’t hold off Richmond Senior after taking a 24-13 lead in the third quarter. Still, it was the program’s best season in years.
3. Mallard Creek (10-1-1). Lost to Vance in the third round, but the Mavericks will likely return one of the county’s top programs in 2020.
4. Ardrey Kell (11-2). A 10-game win streak makes this the Knights’ best season ever.
5. Hough (8-4). Lost to Richmond Senior in the second.
6. Olympic (8-4). Lost to Hough in the first round.
7. Butler (8-4). Lost to Vance in the first round.
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