After watching another weekend of upsets on the gridiron, I teetered between two feelings:
-I know nothing when it comes to preseason rankings.
-If this keeps happening, will an "upset" as we know it still be an "upset" on the North Carolina football scene?
Eventually, I settled on the first notion.
Of course, it's early, so there's no need for teams to panic. But for perennial powers like Jack Britt (lost 21-14 to Lumberton in overtime) and Wake Forest-Rolesville (lost 20-17 in OT) who joined Butler, West Rowan and Hillside on the upset list, a wake-up call has been served.
The Buccaneers lost in thrilling fashion, falling just short of a game-tying score in overtime after Lumberton's Dyron Smith made an aggressive tackle at the goal line, according to this Fayetteville Observer article.
WF-Rolesville almost escaped defeat by blocking East Wake's extra-point in the fourth quarter to force overtime. But after the Cougars only mustered a field goal on their OT possession, Warriors setter Todd Mizell executed a fake field goal by finding TE Adam Saulsfor in the end zone. (Read more here from the News & Observer.)
Check back later today for our updated state and regional rankings. Needless to say, there will be lots of movement.
MALLARD CREEK TAKES TOUGH SCHEDULE IN STRIDE
In the season opener, Mallard Creek went for the gusto, taking on nationally ranked Butler and holding its own in a 28-20 victory.
This past weekend, the Mavericks again showed their mettle, easily defeating a Sun Valley squad led by top recruit Jody Fuller, 52-21 (Click here to read about the ascension of new quarterback Andrew Goodman via The Charlotte Observer here).
And in a contest that could catapult the Mavericks even higher up the POWERADE FAB 50, they will travel to a Berry Academy that barely slipped past East Meck on Friday. Still, most know not the sleep on the Cardinal, who are led by All-State players Germone Hopper and Nick Dawson.
Quite the gamut for the Mavericks, but if they keep winning, there will be no doubt who is the top team in North Carolina.
AROUND THE STATE
-Butler took out the aggression from its season-opening loss by zooming past Olympic, 70-6. Before halftime, the Bulldogs had pushed the score to 63-0, as quarterback Riley Ferguson finished the night 9-for-9 with 285 yards and five touchdowns.
-Our September mag cover boy Keith Marshall helped his team bounce back from an opening week loss. The Millbrook senior tailback ran for 130 yards and one score in the Wildcats' 27-14 win against Knightdale.
-Hillside bounced back from a season-opening loss with an easy, 34-6 win against E.E. Smith. All-State defensive lineman Jamal Marcus made his first big play of the season with a 74-yard touchdown off a fumble recovery.
-West Rowan, which saw its 46-game win streak snapped last week, also redeemed itself. The Falcons beat Davie County 45-32 in a game that featured a kickoff return touchdown by each team. Quarterback Zay Laster and wideout Jarvis Morgan (seven catches for 180 yards and one TD) led the charge.
Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.