Butler, Mallard Creek lead the way

The first weekend of football proved to be a wild one, filled with a clash between the state's top two teams, upsets and broken streaks. Check out our weekend recap for a look back at what went down.

Fortunately for those victims of defeat, since the national high school football scene doesn't officially get underway until this coming weekend, our weekly POWERADE FAB 50, regional and state rankings won't get going until next Monday.

So for the time being, here's a look at our North Carolina preseason football rankings:

1. Butler (Matthews)

2. Mallard Creek (Charlotte)

3. Richmond (Rockingham)

4. Jack Britt (Fayetteville)

5. Greensboro Page

6. Wake Forest-Rolesville (Winston-Salem)

7. West Rowan (Mount Ulla)

8. Southern Durham

9. Scotland (Laurinburg)

10. Hillside (Durham)

On the Bubble: AC Reynolds (Asheville), Berry Academy (Charlotte), Crest (Shelby), Davie (Mocksville), Garner, Middle Creek (Apex), Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem), New Bern, Northwest Guilford (Greensboro), Ragsdale (Jamestown), Seventy-First (Fayetteville), Southeast Raleigh, Sun Valley (Monroe), Tarboro, Wakefield (Raleigh), West Forsyth (Clemmons)

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.