High-SchoolNorth-Carolina: Vance

South Point debuts, Richmond falls in Week 7 NC rankings

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
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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.

Burns, South Point on cusp of Week 6 NC rankings

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
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After games ending Saturday, Sept. 24

The rich seem to keep getting richer in North Carolina. Mallard Creek and Butler continued to establish their dominance with routes of Lake Norman and Rocky River, respectively. Meanwhile, Richmond, Page, Scotland and Porter Ridge all had time to rest before looking to continue their undefeated runs this week. Thanks to heavy rain showers, No. 8 Garner also got some rest before facing East Wake on Monday, but the Trojans now have two games in one week.

All of these teams should keep a watchful eye on their rearview mirror, though. A.L. Brown appears to be back on track, shutting out its second straight opponent in Central Carrabus. Plus, Burns looked impressive in a 27-26 win against previously undefeated Freedom while South Point continues to roll behind star fullback Troy Leeper.

On the national front, Mallard Creek moved up to No. 27 while Butler re-entered the top 40 at No. 39 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

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

1. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 5-0 (1)
Behind Jela Duncan's 192 rushing yards and four touchdowns, the Mavericks blanked Lake Norman, 55-0. Next up: Vance.

2. Butler (Matthews) 4-1 (2)
Sparked by Uriah LeMay's 56-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game, the Bulldogs racked up 312 rushing yards en route to a 52-6 win against Rocky River. A matchup with East Mecklenburg is next.

3. Richmond (Rockingham) 5-0 (3)
The surging Raiders got some time to regroup during their bye week before facing Hoke County this Friday.

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

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