High-SchoolNorth-Carolina: Olympic

N.C. Week 13 hoops rankings: West Charlotte eyes repeat crown

March, 6, 2012
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After games on Sunday, March 4.

Six days after his team's season ended abruptly, Olympic coach Ty Baumgardner was still searching for answers. In December, the Trojans had beaten West Charlotte in a close battle. All year, the Trojans boasted the state's most talented squad, featuring the likes of super junior Allerik Freeman and Clemson commit Josh Smith. But on Feb. 28, a one-point lead in the third quarter morphed into a 21-point loss to the same West Charlotte team in the Class 4A regional semifinals.

"We had it close there in the third quarter and then we just committed turnover after turnover after turnover," said Baumgardner, whose team also finished 28-2 and lost in the regional semis last year. "We were never able to recover."

Meanwhile, the defending champ Lions, now ranked No. 48 in the POWERADE FAB 50, look more than recovered from their early-season inconsistency, beating Olympic and then Davie County to earn their 17th straight win and reclaim a spot in the 4A title, this time against a surging New Hanover squad. Coach Baronton Terry called last season's championship run a matter of "peaking at the right time," and it appears 2012 could bring the same.

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

1. West Charlotte 27-5 (2)
The defending champ Lions knocked off Olympic before downing Davie to win their 17th straight game and set up a Class 4A final against New Hanover.

2. Ravenscroft 31-3 (3)
Ravens had their greatest season in school history, winning a record 31 wins and the NCISAA 3A title. Future is bright with super junior Anton Gill returning next year.

3. New Hanover (Wilmington) 29-1 (5)
Thomas Johnson dropped 29 points to lead Wildcats to Class 4A title matchup with top-ranked West Charlotte on Saturday.

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N.C. Week 12 hoops rankings: Ravenscroft ends Christ School's reign

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 26.

In some ways, Ravenscroft has looked a lot like UConn did during last year's NCAA postseason. Like UConn, Ravenscroft had a one-two punch of youth and experience in junior Anton Gill and senior Madison Jones. Like UConn, the Ravens had to knock off several giants along the way, like five-time defending champ Christ School and a solid Greensboro Day squad. And like UConn, the Ravens put it all together to secure the NCISAA 3A crown and a school-record 31 victories.

On the public school scene, another contest a March Madness feel takes place Tuesday when top-ranked Olympic faces defending 4A champ West Charlotte in the 4A regional semifinals. Olympic, the No. 30 squad in the POWERADE FAB 50, won their sole regular-season meeting by three points and has arguably the most talented team in the state, but the Lions appear to be peaking at the right time behind big man Kennedy Meeks and scoring threat Mike Brown. Should be a good one.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 28-1 (1)
Trojans face off Tuesday against defending 4A champ West Charlotte after downing the Lions earlier this season. A win would put Olympic in its first regional final.

2. West Charlotte 26-5 (2)
The Lions' quest for a repeat 4A title will be challenged greatly on Tuesday when they face top-ranked Olympic, a team they lost to by three points earlier this season.

3. Ravenscroft 31-3 (7)
Ravens put together quite the run at season's end, blowing past five-time defending champ Christ School before beating Greensboro Day to win the NCISAA 3A crown and set a school record for wins in a season.

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NC Week 11 hoops rankings: Harding hands Olympic its first loss

February, 21, 2012
2/21/12
5:33
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 19

The first two games (one of which went to overtime) were decided by a combined four points, so even though Olympic entered Friday's MEGA-7 tournament final against Harding undefeated at 25-0 and unbeaten in its last 52 conference games, nothing was guaranteed.

Sure enough, the third time proved to be the charm for the Rams, who knocked off Olympic 61-55 in overtime behind Jarvis Haywood's 26 points. The win is a huge momentum boost for Harding as it enters the 3A playoffs as well as a huge motivation tool for Olympic, which remains the favorite in 4A and falls to No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

With the playoffs beginning this week, several other teams enter red hot, including Ravenscroft. The Ravens have won 11 straight, including a victory against No. 5 Christ School, and are riding Anton Gill's impressive recent play.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 25-1 (1)
Trojans' bid for an undefeated season ended in an overtime loss to Harding in the MEGA-7 tournament final. But Olympic hangs on to the top spot entering the Class 4A playoffs since they beat Harding twice this year.

2. West Charlotte 23-5 (3)
Lions stretched their win streak to 13 games by beating Mallard Creek for the I-MECK title.

3. Harding (Charlotte) 22-4 (7)
The third time was the charm for the Rams, who knocked off top-ranked and previously undefeated Olympic in the MEGA-7 tournament championship.

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NC Week 10 hoops rankings: Top 10 matchups lead to shuffle

February, 14, 2012
2/14/12
5:16
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 12

No doubt the conference and state playoffs will bring some memorable matchups and close games, but last week saw several top 10 teams square off in preparation for the postseason.

Ravenscroft showed its mettle by knocking off Christ School, which has won the last five NCISAA 3A crowns. Behind Anton Gill's 34 points, the Ravens won a 83-73 contest to somewhat avenge a title-game loss in 2009 and create optimism for the weeks to come.

High Point Christian and Greensboro Day engaged in another nailbiter, but the result was the same, as High Point Christian came out on top in an 80-77 overtime battle. Jackson Kent nearly dropped a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in victory. On Tuesday, the Cougars get a chance to avenge their lone loss of the year to Wesleyan Christian.

Debuting in this week's state rankings is New Hanover, which has won seven straight, thanks to a solid week by Mike Hickey and Concord's first loss of the season.

Nationally, Olympic moved up to No. 28 in the POWERADE FAB 50 after securing an undefeated regular season and clinching its fourth straight MEGA-7 crown.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 24-0 (1)
Trojans completed the regular season undefeated with wins against Berry and Charlotte Catholic, earning their fourth straight MEGA-7 title. The conference tournament begins this week.

2. High Point Christian 27-1 (4)
Cougars earned an 80-77 overtime against No. 5 Greensboro Day behind Jackson Kent's 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Tuesday brings the chance to avenge their lone loss of the season against Wesleyan Christian.

3. West Charlotte 20-5 (8)
After an inconsistent start, Lions appear to have found their rhythm by winning nine straight and clinching another I-MECK title.

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NC Week 9 hoops rankings: Greensboro Day moves to No. 3

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
5:12
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 5

Playoff time is getting closer, making every game that much more intense and critical. For instance, last Friday saw Harding once again give top-ranked Olympic all it could handle before falling a three-pointer short of the upset. The Trojans, who are ranked No. 30 in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings, will have to fight for an undefeated regular season, as games with Berry Academy and Charlotte Catholic are on tap this week.

Greensboro Day made another move in the state rankings after holding off a Wesleyan Christian team that knocked off High Point Christian two weeks ago and features All-State players Theo Pinson and Montay Brandon.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 22-0 (1)
Trojans pulled out another close win against Harding, riding Allerik Freeman's 21 points to a 65-62 win. Next up: two matchups with Berry and Charlotte Catholic.

2. Christ School (Arden) 25-3 (2)
Greenies put up a fight, but it wasn't enough to knock off FAB No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in a 71-63 loss. Next up: Shannon Forest Christian on Wednesday.

3. Greensboro Day 26-2 (4)
Bengals move up one slot after narrowly beating Wesleyan Christian, the same team that handed High Point Christian its lone loss.

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After games on Sunday, Jan. 29

Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us, but in the days leading up to it, there are some big games on tap across the North Carolina prep hoops scene.

Let's start with No. 1 Olympic, which continues to look unstoppable behind swarming defense and a balanced offensive attack. No team has come closer to upending the Trojans than Harding, which travels to Olympic this Friday on a four-game win streak and primed to avenge a 63-62 loss on Jan. 6.

On Saturday, Christ School will be in the spotlight when it takes on Oak Hill Academy, which is ranked atop the POWERADE FAB 50. The Greenies fell to the Warriors last year at Cameron Indoor and Oak Hill has been impressive at 32-0 this year, but Christ School appears to have enough momentum to contend after winning its last 14 games. Shannon Hale has played well of late, dropping 26 points in a win against Asheville.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 20-0 (1)
Trojans appear unstoppable picking up two MEGA 7 conference wins against East Gaston and Garinger. All eyes will be on Friday's contest with No. 8 Harding.

2. Christ School (Arden) 23-2 (3)
Greenies move up a spot after extending their win streak to 14 games with victories against Asheville Christian and Asheville. A huge matchup against national No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) looms on Saturday.

3. High Point Christian 23-1 (2)
Cougars had an up-and-down week, defeating No. 4 Greensboro Day before falling for the first time this season against Wesleyan Christian.

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NC Week 7 hoops rankings: Big showdowns on horizon

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
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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.

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Week 6 NC hoops rankings: Northside Christian falls for first time

January, 18, 2012
1/18/12
3:47
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After games on Monday, Jan. 16

Before a packed house and surrounded by great expectations, Northside Christian saw an eight-point lead transform into a 64-59 loss at the hands of Davidson Day. With that first loss of the season, surging High Point Christian, Christ School and Greensboro Day all move up one spot this week.

But everyone is still looking up to Olympic, which sits at No. 35 in the POWERADE FAB 50. After surviving a close one against Harding, the Trojans rode the play of junior Allerik Freeman and Clemson-bound senior Josh Smith in MEGA-7 conference wins against Berry Academy and Charlotte Catholic. Freeman dropped 26 points versus Berry before tallying 23 points and 11 boards against CC, while Smith had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the win against CC.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 17-0 (1)
Trojans scored two big conference wins against Berry and Charlotte Catholic. Allerik Freeman had 26 points and 23 points, respectively, in victory. Next up: Wheeler (Ga.) on Saturday.

2. High Point Christian 20-0 (3)
Cougars showed their mettle with a 59-58 win against Quality Education Academy on Monday. They have won their games by an average of 27 points.

3. Christ School (Arden) 19-2 (4)
Greenies flexed their muscles against out-of-state competition last week, beating Gainesville (Ga.), Rabun-Gap Nacoochee (Ga.) and Norfolk Christian (Va.). Next up: Carolina Day on Wednesday.

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Greensboro Day enters NC hoops rankings as coach sets all-time wins mark

January, 10, 2012
1/10/12
12:06
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After games on Sunday, Jan. 8

A lot could be said about the past week of North Carolina prep basketball. Olympic, No. 35 in the POWERADE FAB 50, flexed its muscles with another big win against a ranked opponent in Harding. West Charlotte lost its second game in three outings, continuing inconsistent play uncharacteristic of a defending champ. But quite frankly, that pales in comparison to one major piece of news.

Greensboro Day coach Fred Johnson set the state's all-time career wins mark by earning his 819th victory from the sideline on Saturday. The achievement came in the Bengals' 84-47 win against Providence Day, pushing them into the state rankings with a season record of 15-1 and sending Johnson into his deserved place in the history books.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 15-0 (1)
Grinded out comeback win against Harding to strengthen hold on top spot in state.

2. Northside Christian (Charlotte) 14-0 (2)
Easily downed First Assembly Christian and Covenant Day. Big matchup against Davidson Day looms this Saturday.

3. High Point Christian 16-0 (3)
Cougars started off new year with two easy wins. Must try not to look ahead to big matchup with Quality Education on Jan. 16.

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Stock is rising for Allerik Freeman, Peter Jurkin and Jalen Ross

January, 5, 2012
1/05/12
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Each week, we'll take a look back at our North Carolina preseason All-State basketball team and update you on how some of those players are faring this year. There will be a Prime-Time Player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an Under the Radar (UTR) player who is making his case as one of the state's top ballers.

Here's who to keep an eye on:

PTP: Allerik Freeman, Olympic, Junior
The highly touted junior earned MVP honors at the Upward Classic in South Carolina after leading the top-ranked Trojans to a big win against defending 4A champ West Charlotte in the tournament final. Freeman then put on a show in a 90-45 rout of West Mecklenburg, scoring 11 points on three 3-pointers and a dunk with UNC coach Roy Williams in attendance during the Jan. 3 contest. The Trojans need a similar effort Friday with No. 7 Harding on tap.

OTP: Peter Jurkin, United Faith Christian, Senior
The Falcons have struggled this season with a 9-8 record, but if Jurkin continues to play like he did in a 90-69 win against Gaston Day, things could turn around. The Indiana commit tallied 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks on Jan. 3.

UTR: Jalen Ross, Greensboro Day, Senior
The Bengals are on pace to make history in consecutive weeks. Ross, who recently committed to Eastern Michigan, earned MVP honors as the Bengals overcame a 12-point deficit to beat Northwest Guilford and win its 10th Pizza Hut Invitational title on Dec. 28, tying Dudley for the most tournament crowns. On Saturday, Ross will look to help his coach, Freddie Johnson, become the state's all-time winningest high school coach. With a win against Providence Day, the Bengals coach would move into first with 819 career victories. With this rèsumè and a 14-1 record, don't be surprised to see the Bengals in next week's rankings.

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

Garner wins holiday tournament, enters Week 4 NC hoops rankings

January, 3, 2012
1/03/12
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After games ending Jan. 2

The football season ended in disappointment for Garner, as the Trojans lost their first and only game to Greensboro Page in the 4AA final. Now, their brothers on the hardwood appear determined not to let the same happen to them.

Garner emerged from a loaded field at the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational as the champion after holding off St. Raymond (N.Y.) behind MVP Dominique Reed's 20 points and eight rebounds. The Trojans also beat Kinston and Texas power Strake Jesuit along the way to take the No. 9 spot in the state rankings. Ravenscroft also found success at the tournament, repeating as champs of the Summit Hospitality bracket.

Olympic remained atop the rankings and gained a quality win by beating defending 4A champ West Charlotte, 61-58, in the Upward Classic title. Allerik Freeman earned MVP honors and Josh Smith had a monster game (20 points, eight boards) in a game that could be a preview of the 4A West Regional Final. The win pushes the Trojans to No. 36 in the POWERADE FAB 50 as they get ready for another test in No. 8 Harding on Friday.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 13-0 (1)
Trojans picked up a quality win by beating defending 4A champ West Charlotte in the Upward Classic championship. Next up: MEGA 7 Conference battles with West Mecklenburg on Tuesday and No. 8 Harding on Friday.

2. Northside Christian (Charlotte) 12-0 (2)
Justin Gordon dropped 24 points and 8 rebounds in the semis before going for 15 and 8 in the final against Mooresville to lead the Knights to the Hardwood Classic title.

3. High Point Christian 14-0 (4)
Cougars cruised to Sheetz Holiday Classic championship behind Jackson Kent, who averaged 19.7 points across three wins.

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High Point Christian rises into Week 3 NC hoops rankings

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
11:04
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After games ending Dec. 26

Teams like Olympic and West Charlotte hold it down well for public schools, but the private school sector has been just as impressive at the outset of the North Carolina prep hoops season.

Take High Point Christian, for instance. The Cougars debuted in this week's rankings at No. 4 after handing Christ School its first loss and downing a talented Word of God squad. Other private schools in the rankings include Northside Christian, Christ School, Charlotte Christian and Winston-Salem Prep.

With that said, Olympic and West Charlotte remain the state's top dogs. Olympic debuted in the POWERADE FAB 50 this week and the Lions shook off a shaky start to the year by easily beating Georgia power Columbia and winning the Classic II bracket of the Chick-Fil-A Classic in South Carolina.

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

1. Olympic 10-0 (1)
Trojans debuted at No. 43 in the POWERADE FAB 50 after breezing to the championship at the Aiken County Challenge in South Carolina.

2. West Charlotte 10-3 (7)
Lions move back up the rankings after blowing out Georgia power Columbia and winning the Classic II bracket of the Chick-Fil-A Classic in South Carolina.

3. Northside Christian 8-0 (3)
Knights continued their winning ways with victories against Columbia and Covenant Classical.

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Christ School rises to No. 2 in North Carolina hoops rankings

December, 14, 2011
12/14/11
4:56
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Its best player from a year ago, Marshall Plumlee, is some miles away at Duke, but this year's best player, Shannon Hale, has kept Christ School winning after making his own move from Tennessee.

Behind Hale's averages of 15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds, the Greenies are off to a 9-0 start and in position to six-peat as 3A private-school champs. Will Weeks (13.0 ppg, team-high 8.9 rpg) has also proved key for Christ School, which has a quality win against Greensboro Day.

West Charlotte hasn't been as consistent. The Class 4A champs fell for the second time this season, although it came against the POWERADE FAB 50's No. 50 squad, Paul VI of Virginia, which held big man Kennedy Meeks to five points. The Lions bounced back with a solid win against North Mecklenburg on Tuesday and are still a strong contender within state.

Debuting this week at No. 10 is Winston-Salem Prep, which just edged out a Greenfield team that's surging at 8-1.

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

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 6-0 (1)
Trojans remained undefeated with a 78-47 victory against East Gaston.

2. Christ School (Arden) 9-0 (4)
Greenies keep rolling, winning their last three games by an average of 15 points.

3. Northside Christian (Charlotte) 7-0 (5)
The Knights downed Columbia by 20 points in the Palmetto Shootout.

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Olympic takes over the top spot in first hoops rankings

December, 8, 2011
12/08/11
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Despite starting 5-0, Olympic coach Ty Baumgardner admits that his team could stand to play better in the first quarter after having to put together multiple rallies. But when it comes to the first state rankings, the Trojans are starting off just fine. With an assist from United Faith Christian's slow start (4-3) and Harding's upset of previous No. 2 West Charlotte, the Trojans have earned the top spot. Allerik Freeman, ranked ninth in the junior class, leads the squad with 17.2 points per game.

"Because of the natural progression, we happen to be the team that's No. 1, which is great, but to be honest, we don't worry about that stuff," Baumgardner said. "It's still yet to be determined if this is the best team I've ever coached, but without question, this is the most talented team I've ever had."

As a result of its big win as well as the impressive play of Jarvis Haywood (23.2 points), Harding makes its debut in the rankings. Likewise, Christ School, which has won the last five 3A crowns in the private ranks, leaps to No. 4. Junior transfer Shannon Hale leads the Greenies with 14.0 points per game.

Here's how the state rankings shake out (preseason rankings in parentheses):

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 5-0 (4)
The Trojans take over the top spot, having beat five tough opponents by an average of 19.4 points.

2. West Charlotte 1-1 (2)
The defending 4A champ Lions were upset by Harding, 67-66, in their second game, but will look to bounce back against Hopewell and at the tough Nike Hoops Festival on Dec. 10.

3. Ravenscroft (Raleigh) 5-1 (6)
Led by star junior Anton Gill, the Ravens are off to quick start, including a win against No. 8 Wesleyan Christian.

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Conference titles on the line in Week 10 North Carolina football

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
5:47
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Some are looking ahead to the playoffs, but several regular-season finales will have a intense postseason feel with conference titles being on the line. Here are the games to look out for in Week 10 North Carolina football:

No. 9 Richmond at No. 3 Scotland
The SEC title and playoff implications will be on the line in this much-anticipated matchup between top-10 teams. The Fighting Scots enter the contest with great momentum, winning their last four games by nearly 30 points each. All four of those opponents (Purnell Swett, Pinecrest, Lumberton and Hoke County) are ones that Richmond has either lost to or barely defeated in the same span.

The firepower that characterized Richmond at the start of the season has faded some, but there's still playmaking ability in standouts like Steve Houston. The Raiders will have to focus on slowing down Scotland QB Kwashaun Quick, who has picked apart defenses with his dual threat ability.
My pick: Scotland 35, Richmond 24

No. 5 Charlotte Catholic at Olympic
After both teams topped a solid Berry Academy team, they now end the regular season with a makeshift MEGA-7 conference championship. The difference could be made on the defensive end, as Charlotte Catholic has allowed just 14.3 points per game. And when the Cougars D is clicking, it allows sophomore RB Elijah Hood to break big plays like he has all season.
My pick: Charlotte Catholic 27, Olympic 20

No. 7 Wake-Forest Rolesville (9-1) at Leesville Road (9-0)
Few teams in the nation, let alone the state, can score like Leesville Road. The Pride has put up 55.7 points per game and has racked up 63 or more points on three occasions. But they will face their stiffest competition yet this weekend when Wake Forest-Rolesville comes to town. The Cougars can light up the scoreboard, too, and continue to find emerging stars with each passing week. Defense could be at a minimum in this contest, but a big turnover could be the deciding factor.
My pick: Wake Forest-Rolesville 38, Leesville Road, 35

Crest at No. 10 South Point
After a slow start, Crest has emerged as the intimidating squad that most thought the Chargers would be, winning seven straight behind an evolving offense and defensive playmakers Rhaheim Ledbetter and Jonathan Bullard. This duo will be tested, though, by powerful fullback Troy Leeper, who has had his way against most defenses this season.
My pick: South Point 34, Crest 24

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.

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