1. Sun Valley (2-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 1
This week: Porter Ridge (2-1)
Sam Howell is averaging about 350 yards of offense by himself, so this Spartan team certainly runs through him. Last year, he threw for 354 yards and ran for 201 and accounted for six total touchdowns in the game against the Pirates last year, which ended in a one-point Spartan win. These teams will do battle again in what should be the county’s game of the week.
2. Weddington (2-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 2
This week: East Meck (0-2)
I knew the Warriors were a good football team, and I think they showed some of that in their big win over Porter Ridge. Sophomore running back Will Shipley blew up in the recruiting scene over the summer and is showing he’s in line with the hype. Whitner Litton is one of the county’s best quarterbacks and this defense proved it can shut down an elite rushing attack. East Meck is a struggling football team, so the Warriors should roll this week.
3. Charlotte Catholic (2-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 3
This week: at Ardrey Kell (0-3)
I was wrong when I wrote last week the Cougars would steamroll Country Day and kudos to the Bucs and their coach, Drew Witman. They led Catholic 3-0 for much of the first three quarters before Catholic’s size wore them down and pulled away late. I thought this team was an elite point-scoring club, but so far the Cougars have been far from it. But, and this is a big but, the defense is one of the best in the city and has frankly kept the Cougars in a few games they maybe shouldn’t have been in.
4. Marvin Ridge (3-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 4
This Week: Parkland (3-0)
Matthew Wunder got his first start at QB for the Mavs last week and responded by going 21-36 for 260 yards and four touchdowns. Sean Brown had a huge night, catching six passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Caleb Woodley did much of the rest for the offense, rushing for 148 yards. The defense allowed just three yards on nine rushing attempts in the win over Ardrey Kell. Unbeaten Parkland will give the Mavs a much more difficult test this week, and I think may upset them.
5. Porter Ridge (2-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 5
This Week: Sun Valley (2-0)
First off, I hope Grayson McCall and Jaylen Coleman are both able to be as close to healthy as possible and play this week. Both missed some time in the Pirates loss to Weddington, and that no doubt played a part. While the Pirates come in banged up, Sun Valley is rested coming off their bye. A two-game losing streak would be tough to take, but a win over the Spartans is considered an upset.
6. Metrolina Christian (1-2)
Previous Ranking: No. 6
This Week: at SouthLake Christian (3-0)
Metrolina got smacked by Trinity Christian, but that’s not a bad loss as the Crusaders are showing they are a contender in the private school leagues. The Warriors don’t have long to hang their heads though, because last year’s Division III champion SouthLake Christian is unbeaten and looking good so far this season.
7. Monroe (2-1)
Previous Ranking: Not ranked
This Week: Forest Hills (1-2)
Monroe is in the Super 7 for the first time this season after upending Hopewell 42-28 last season. The Redhawks replace Forest Hills in these rankings, and the Jackets are reeling after a late loss in a shootout to Piedmont last week. We’ll see who is most deserving of this spot, but the Redhawks have a very tough schedule coming up with Charlotte Catholic kicking their conference slate. A win almost guarantees they finish above .500 after a down year last season.
Dropped out: Forest Hills (1-2)