Results as of Sunday, October 23
As we head into the final week of the regular season, there's some movement in the North Carolina football rankings.
The first comes as Scotland leapfrogs Greensboro Page into the No. 3 spot. The Pirates did their part by winning again (a 21-0 victory against Dudley), but the Fighting Scots have proven invincible against a tougher schedule. Scotland will get another test when it faces Richmond in the finale, but in the last two weeks, they've outscored solid Hoke County and Lumberton squads by a count of 82-7. Hard to ignore that sort of dominance.
The second shake-up comes lower in the rankings, as Porter Ridge overtook Richmond for the No. 8 slot. Ever since the Raiders fell to Hoke County, they've struggled to fully bounce back, winning their last three games against Purnell Swett, Lumberton and Pinecrest by an average margin of nearly four points. Mind you, the Raiders won their first five games by nearly 30 points each.
On the other hand, Porter Ridge has been nothing short of impressive during its 9-0 run, winning all but one its games by at least 24 points. The Indians will face a formidable opponent in Sun Valley this week, but their performance up to this point deserves a bump up in the rankings.
Nationally, Mallard Creek stood pat at No. 21 and Butler moved up to No. 32 in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Here's how this week's state rankings shake out (last week's rankings are in parentheses):
1. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 9-0 (1)
Mavericks D led the way in 42-0 win against West Charlotte, scoring on two of its four forced turnovers. Next up: Hough.
2. Butler (Matthews) 8-1 (2)
Riley Ferguson threw four touchdowns as the Bulldogs racked up 504 yards in a 52-14 win against South Meck. Next up: rival Independence.
3. Scotland (Laurinburg) 9-0 (4)
The Fighting Scots move up a spot after passing yet another stiff test with a 35-7 win against Lumberton. Next up: No. 9 Richmond.