1. Weddington (2-0)
Last week: No. 1
Result: Beat Porter Ridge 33-19
This week: at South Meck (0-2)
Porter Ridge had scouted Weddington well. The Warriors offense took almost until halftime until Will Shipley took over, scoring three touchdowns including an 80-something yard run from that point on. Recruiting experts say there isn’t a better back in the country, and it’s hard to argue. The Warrior defense did get thrown on a little and will have to clean that up. They won’t have to worry too much about South Meck, though, as the Sabres appear to be a work in progress to say the least.
2. Charlotte Catholic (1-1)
Last week: No. 2
Result: Lost, 7-0, to Good Counsel
This week: Archbishop Rummel (La.) (1-0)
Holy cow, the Cougars lost! That in it of itself is news as it’s been awhile – over a calendar year since they lost to Charlotte Christian. This one was a slugfest as Charlotte Catholic battled Good Counsel, a team ranked No. 39 in the nation according to Maxpreps.com, to a 7-0 near draw, but a third quarter TD proved to be the difference. The defense is certainly good once again, but if Catholic can’t throw it better, they at times can be exposed by elite defenses. They should rebound, but little is known of their out-of-state opponent this week.
3. Monroe (1-1)
Last week: No. 4
Result: Lost 35-20 to Kings Mountain
This week: at Jay M. Robinson (1-1)
It’s tough to move up after a loss, but for some reason, I really believe this team can be deserving of the rankings, especially so on offense. The Redhawks put up 20 points last week, and as predicted, quarterback Matt Bennett is loving his new cast of offensive playmakers. Monroe will never have trouble scoring, but they have shown a lot of problems stopping other people from putting points on the board. If they can get the defense right, this team can be pretty good.
4. Metrolina Christian (1-1)
Last week: No. 3
Result: Lost 42-27 to Cuthbertson
This week: Word of God Christian (0-1)
The Warriors stepped up in class and played a 3A team for the first time ever. They showed that this offense can score on anybody, but they suffered their first loss of the season. Playing out of conference games of that caliber will only strengthen this team and doesn’t change their aspirations of a state title run.
5. Marvin Ridge (1-0)
Last week: No. 5
Result: Beat Jay M. Robinson 56-0
This week: at Ardrey Kell (1-1)
Quarterback Sully McDermott opened his season by throwing for 266 yards and four scores, ripping apart the Jay M. Robinson secondary. Ethan Robitaille seemed to be his biggest target with 7 catches, 131 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but McDermott spread the wealth and hit four different receivers. Tanner Blackwell, Jeb Despard and Jack Yeagley helped lead the shutout. A big test awaits this week, however.
6. Cuthbertson (2-0)
Last week: Not ranked
Result: Beat Metrolina Christian 42-27
This week: Anson (0-2)
I was wrong about this team. Way off. They have come out of the gates swinging under new coach Trey Kavanaugh and looked incredibly good polishing off a well-coached and talented Metrolina Christian team. Sophomore AJ Colombo rushed just eight times in the win but ran four of those into the end zone. The defense is playing well, and the Cavs are the surprise team of the season.
7. Porter Ridge (0-1)
Last week: No. 6
Result: Lost to Weddington 33-19
This week: at Piedmont (1-0)
The Pirates played well and got into position to challenge Weddington at times, but costly turnovers and sloppy play thwarted any chance of the upset. They will be fine. Brandon Perry and Nick Horstkamp are star playmakers, and new quarterback Mason Cox showed flashes of brilliance in his first start. They better get it together quickly, because the Panthers could be primed for an upset.
Dropped out: Sun Valley (0-2, ranked No. 5 last week)
– Andrew Stark