- Marvin Ridge (4-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 2
The Mavs are the king of Union County for the first time in a long while, but this isn’t just a feel good story. This team is loaded on both sides of the ball with a power running game, great quarterback play and a underrated defense that is capable of playing with anyone. The Mavs were off last week, but should come out ready to prove they belong at the top spot.
This week: vs. Piedmont (2-2)
- Weddington (3-1)
Previous ranking: No. 1
All good things must come to an end, and for the Warriors, that meant the snapping of a 15-game win streak following a game against Crest that they led 19-7 midway through the third period and seemed to be in complete control of. The Warriors, who hadn’t lost in over a calendar year since Monroe knocked them off last Sept. 8, have another tough test on tap.
This week: vs. Sun Valley (4-0)
- Sun Valley (4-0)
Previous ranking: No. 3
Quarterback Sam Howell willed the Spartans to a 27-21 win over a tough Olympic defense, as he completed just 40 percent of his passes for a season-low 146 passing yards but came through when it mattered. He’ll be under more pressure this week against a relentless defense coming off a tough loss.
This week: at Weddington (3-1)
- Monroe (3-1)
Previous ranking: No. 4
Hard to believe this Redhawk team was shutout earlier this year as they jumped all over Forest Hills in a 67-40 win last week. Monroe ran for 349 yards and scored eight touchdowns on the ground and piled up 467 yards of total offense. Monroe has a tough battle with new conference foe Charlotte Catholic and the Cougars’ vaunted Wing-T offense.
This week: at Charlotte Catholic (4-0)
- Porter Ridge (2-2)
Previous ranking: No. 5
The Pirates have lost two straight, albeit by a combined 12 points to two teams who were unbeaten at the time they played. Now they enter Southwestern 4A play, which has not been kind to Porter Ridge, who is 7-11 in league play during the past three years. The Pirates will again lean on star quarterback Grayson McColl and try to snap their recent skid.
This week: vs. East Meck (2-2)
- Metrolina Christian (3-1)
Previous ranking: No. 6
The Warriors got a week off to prepare for this week’s opponent, but should be able to score at will against a team allowing 33 points per game. Behind dynamic all-purpose star Ishod Finger, Metrolina is averaging over 40 points per game, but the Warriors are starting to get contributions from everyone making them even more dangerous.
This week: vs. North Raleigh Christian (1-2)
- Union Academy (3-1)
Previous ranking: No. 7
The Cardinals did what they were supposed to do in dispatching winless Northside Christian 28-0 last week. Now, Union Academy plays its debut game in the Southern Piedmont Conference against Pine Lake Prep, a team that has completed just one pass all season and will look to pound the ball with their Wing-T offense. The Cardinals must stay disciplined or could be in for a long night.
This week: vs. Pine Lake Prep (2-2)
Offensive Player of the Week
The senior running back had 242 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 67-40 win over Forest Hills.
Defensive Player of the Week
The senior linebacker recorded a team-high 13 tackles, but also put constant pressure on Olympic., compiling two sacks in the 27-21 win.