High-SchoolNorth-Carolina: North Mecklenburg

NC Week 7 hoops rankings: Big showdowns on horizon

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
5:19
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After games on Sunday, Jan. 22

For the most part, things stood pat in this week's rankings — and that's not such a bad thing. Of course, winning is great but more importantly, last week's victories set the stage for several big matchups.

Call it Super Tuesday, if you will. First, No. 2 High Point Christian will put its undefeated record on the line against No. 4 Greensboro Day, which has won 22 in a row. High Point has had its way against almost all of its opponents, but the Spiders' balanced attack will certainly be a test.

Then, West Charlotte will look to make it a clean sweep against a surging North Mecklenburg squad. The Lions won the first matchup by three, but their inconsistent play has been no secret. What's more, Shivaughn Wiggins has been on a tear, averaging 25.2 points per game to put the Vikings on the cusp of the top ten.

On the national front, Olympic keeps winning and keeps moving up the charts. The 18-0 Trojans are now 32nd in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 18-0 (1)
Trojans traveled out of state to beat Wheeler (Ga.), 69-52. Next up: East Gaston on Tuesday.

2. High Point Christian 22-0 (2)
Cougars keep winning, which makes Tuesday's matchup against No. 4 Greensboro Day all the more intriguing.

3. Christ School (Arden) 21-2 (3)
Greenies easily downed Carolina Day and Dobyns-Bennett to run their win streak to 12 games. Next up: Asheville Christian on Tuesday.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly hoops rankings.

Wake-Forest Rolesville moves up in Week 8 NC football rankings

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
11:54
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After games of Saturday, Oct. 8

A few top teams got quite a scare this past week. You already know about Butler's wild win against Ardrey Kell last Thursday, and Wake Forest-Rolesville and Richmond endured similar cardiac comebacks.

Wake Forest-Rolesville saw it fall behind 13-0 in the first half of a contest against a talented Wakefield squad. But a renewed focus on the run game as well as a blitzing defense to throw off Wakefield QB Connor Mitch got the Cougars rolling in the second half for a 14-13 victory.

On the other hand, Richmond was the early aggressor in the its matchup with Purnell Swett, but the Raiders' 14-point halftime lead vanished behind an explosive Rams offense that ran just three plays in the third quarter and scored 21 points. The two teams went back and forth until Steve Houston saved the day. The Raiders DB stuffed Juwan Jones at the goal line on the Rams' two-point try as time expired to preserve Richmond's 42-41 win and avoid a second straight loss.

Although the outcome was the same for both, the fact that Wake Forest-Rolesville beat a 6-2 Wakefield squad while Richmond struggled with a 3-4 Purnell Swett team is why the Cougars move up a spot in this week's rankings.

Nationally, both Mallard Creek and Butler moved up in the POWERADE FAB 50, as the Mavericks are now at No. 22 while the Bulldogs sit at No. 36.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 7-0 (1)
The Mavericks posted their second shutout in three weeks, this time blanking North Mecklenburg, 63-0, behind Jela Duncan's five touchdowns. Next up: Hopewell.

2. Butler (Matthews) 6-1 (2)
The Bulldogs survived a scare against Ardrey Kell, using a last-minute drive that ended with a Zach Ferguson touchdown to pull out a 43-40 victory. A matchup with Providence is up next.

3. Greensboro Page 7-0 (3)
The Pirates just keep on rolling, as they beat Ben L. Smith, 42-12, last week. Next up: Southern Alamance.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly North Carolina football rankings.

South Point debuts, Richmond falls in Week 7 NC rankings

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
11:35
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After games ending Sunday, Oct. 2.

An upset that few saw coming as well as a powerful squad that keeps on coming highlight this week's POWERADE ESPNHS North Carolina football rankings.

Let's start with the upset. In 34 prior meetings, Richmond had never lost to Hoke County. But that all changed Friday, as the Raiders fell 24-21 in their Southeastern Conference opener. Hoke County forced two fumbles and held the Raiders to just 14 plays in the first half. Richmond held a 21-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bucks went ahead for good on a David Walrath touchdown. Just like that, Richmond went from having Hoke County's numbers to looking up at the Bucks in the conference standings.

Also on Richmond's heels is a surging South Point squad, whom I mentioned last week was on the cusp of entering the top 10. Led by fullback Troy Leeper, the Red Raiders have won their last three games by an average of nearly 41 points, outscored opponents 349-88 and downed a solid Burns program during a 7-0 start. Plus, during last week's 56-7 win against Ashbrook, they unleashed another weapon in quarterback Patrick Horne, who threw for 414 yards and ran for another 159 and two scores. With that type of power (along with the fact that former No. 10 A.L. Brown lost its lone game to a ranked team by 28 points), it's impossible to keep the Red Raiders out of the top 10 any longer.

Nationally, Mallard Creek continued its move up the POWERADE FAB 50 by securing the No. 24 spot while Butler stood pat at No. 39.

Without further ado, here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 6-0 (1)
Mavericks avenged last year's loss in the 4AA West region semifinal, easily beating Vance 55-20 behind quarterback Andrew Goodman's five touchdown passes. The state's top team will play North Mecklenburg this Friday.

2. Butler (Matthews) 5-1 (2)
The Bulldogs posted their first shutout of the season, downing East Mecklenburg, 45-0. Riley Ferguson threw for three touchdowns, two of which went to older brother, Zach. An intriguing matchup against surging Ardrey Kell is up next.

3. Greensboro Page 6-0 (4)
After resting up on their bye week, the Pirates rolled to a 49-0 win against Grimsley and, amid Richmond's loss, cemented their new No. 3 spot. Next up: Ben L. Smith.

Click here for the full POWERADE North Carolina weekly football rankings.

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