1. Weddington (5-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 2
This week: at Charlotte Catholic (4-1)
There’s a new No. 1 in Union County, although a huge test awaits this week against last year’s state champs. For now, the Warriors belong here after shutting down Sun Valley’s potent offense in the second half and rallying from an early two-score deficit. They’ll need another huge performance against Charlotte Catholic and its famous Wing-T offense, but a win puts the Warriors in position to become the favorites to win it all in 3A football.
2. Charlotte Catholic
Previous Ranking: No. 3
This week: Weddington (4-0)
The Cougars haven’t been quite right this season aside from a blowout win over Ardrey Kell. I’m not sure what it is, but with this star power and size on both lines, it seems Catholic should be blowing teams out with the same way effectiveness as they did last year, but it’s just not happening so far. They’re winning games, though, and will likely have another grinder this week. Weddington has revenge on its mind after losing 42-6 during the regular season and 42-7 in the playoffs to the Cougars. I would be shocked if the score is that close this time around.
3. Sun Valley (4-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 1
This week: Parkwood (1-4)
The Spartans looked great in the first half of their loss to Weddington, but the offense laid an egg in the second half as they gained just 27 yards of total offense. Sun Valley has now lost five straight against the Warriors and fall down a couple spots because of it. We’ll see how they respond when Parkwood comes to town, but they should roll. The Rebels are coming off a 38-11 loss to previously winless Cuthbertson, so they won’t offer much resistance.
4. Marvin Ridge (4-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 4
This Week: Monroe (3-2)
Will Smith had nine tackles and two sacks as the Mavs methodically defeated Piedmont 42-0 last week. Marvin Ridge used three quarterbacks and a balanced offensive attack led by Caleb Woodley, Jake Cameron and Ian Hutter, but limited the Panthers to zero completed passes and just 160 yards of total offense. The Mavs have a tough one this week against the Redhawks, who are playing good football and played Catholic great last week.
5. Porter Ridge (3-2)
Previous Ranking: No. 5
This Week: Butler (3-2)
The Pirates got an easy game last week, but did just what they needed to in defeating East Meck 49-7. Jaylen Coleman ran for 200 yards and the Pirates looked a lot like they did earlier this season as they put over 600 yards of offense up on East Meck. The Southwestern 4A looks like Myers Park may control the top spot, but the winner this week takes the early lead to challenge them. Butler is missing some key offensive linemen and didn’t look good in a one-point win over Rocky River, but Porter Ridge is 0-5 all-time against Butler.
6. Metrolina Christian (3-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 6
This Week: Northside Christian (2-2)
Sophomore Jack Crump had one of the better games of his young career and the Warriors rolled past North Raleigh Christian with a 44-0 win. Crump ran for 97 yards, caught two passes and scored once. Jadus Davis had 78 yards of offense, four 2-point conversions and two scores and the defense picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles. It won’t be that easy this week, but expect the Warriors to continue to play well this week.
7. Monroe (3-2)
Previous Ranking: No. 7
This Week: at Marvin Ridge (4-1)
The Redhawks are in the middle of a tough four-game stretch with Charlotte Catholic, Marvin Ridge and Sun Valley on the schedule. Last week, they took on the defending champion Catholic Cougars and were driving late with a chance to tie the score before turning the ball over on downs. Monroe will have to stop Marvin Ridge’s balanced attack this week, and that won’t be easy. A win would validate Monroe’s hot start.
Also receiving votes: Union Academy (3-2)