This is the first in-season Super 7 ranking of the season, but we will run this every week as the power ranking of the county’s elites.
1. Sun Valley (2-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 2
This week: bye
We all knew the Spartans would be able to score in bunches with Sam Howell steering the ship, but what has been surprising a little to me is the defense. Seniors Preston Doody, Cam Maddox, Jacob Moore and Jack Wilton are some of the standouts on a defense that has allowed just 27 points through two games.
2. Weddington (1-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 3
This week: Porter Ridge (2-0)
The Warriors had a very early season bye, but also got two weeks to prepare for a Pirate run game that has looked unstoppable so far this season. Weddington looked pretty good against what may not be a very good Ardrey Kell team, but we’ll see. Offensively, I think these guys can play with anyone with their cast of stars.
3. Charlotte Catholic (1-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 4
This week: at Country Day (1-1)
The Cougars did just what they were supposed to do by shutting out up-and-coming South Meck 37-0. Michael Neel ran crazy and the defense that allowed under 10 points per game last season is giving up three per contest so far this year. The Cougars 6-0 loss to Charlotte Christian was not an upset, and Catholic is still the reigning champs.
4. Marvin Ridge (2-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 4
This Week: Ardrey Kell (0-2)
The Mavs have looked very impressive on both sides of the ball. Jake Cameron, Sean Brown and Caleb Woodley have paced the offense, but Will Smith, Jonathan Clark and that defense have allowed a total of nine points this season and the Mavs are coming off a shutout of A.L. Brown. They will roll past the Knights this week.
5. Porter Ridge (2-0)
Previous Ranking (No. 6)
This Week: at Weddington
It’s criminal to have the Pirates ranked this far down, but it goes to the strength of teams at the top. This week will be a big one for Porter Ridge, and a win over Weddington would be huge. But they can’t overlook them with Sun Valley on the horizon. Jaylen Coleman (469, five touchdowns) and Grayson McCall (18-30, 219, 3 TDs as the QB and 286 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground) have been marvelous.
6. Metrolina Christian (1-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 5
This Week: at Trinity Christian (2-0)
The Warriors stubbed their toe a bit in Week 1 where it seems the ball didn’t really bounce their way, but came out strong in a 46-0 blowout win over Union Academy. Jadus Davis, Miles Saxton, Colby Girard and Jett Townson have put up big numbers and will need to do so again this week. Trinity Christian demolished 3A power Providence Day in Week 1.
7. Forest Hills (1-1)
Previous Ranking: Not ranked
This Week: Central (0-2)
Welcome to the Super 7, Forest Hills. The Yellow Jackets are climbing out of a bad spot, but coach Cory Smith has done a great job turning around a team that won one game in his first season two years ago. The Jackets needed a late score from Keeshawn Tyson to beat Parkwood, but Jai Rorie and Kendrick McLaurin had standout games on offense. They have a real shot to be 3-1 going into their Sept. 14 showdown with Monroe.
Dropped out: Union Academy (1-1)
Also receiving votes: Monroe (1-1)
– Andrew Stark