1. Weddington (4-0)
Last week: No. 1
Result: Beat Catawba Ridge 45-7
This week: Bye
The Warriors had to wait until Monday to play Catawba Ridge, but it didn’t matter as they routed the new South Carolina school with six touchdowns and the defense held them off the scoreboard until a late score ended the shutout. As of now, there are no weaknesses on the defending state champions roster and they’ll get a chance to rest this week and work on themselves, a scary thing for Sun Valley, their opponent next week. The Spartans have been struggling to score and keep people from scoring, things Weddington does well.
2. Charlotte Catholic (1-2)
Last week: No. 2
Result: Lost 7-3 to Archbishop Rummel
This week: Bye
Charlotte Catholic wanted to test themselves with more of a national schedule and the Cougars certainly have done that in the past two weeks when they lost nail-biters to Our Lady of Good Counsel (7-0) and Archbishop Rummel (7-3). The Cougars hadn’t lost back-to-back games since Sept. 25, 2009, when Olympic capped off a four-game losing streak to a Catholic team that went 7-5 that season. In the decade since, they’ve gone 136-14. There is no issue with the defense, which has been very strong this season, but there has to be concern about the offense, especially the vaunted run game. Mostly, I think, it shows the lack of aerial attack. The good news is the Cougars have back-to-back bye weeks to fix it, but they better not be rusty when they face a pretty good Monroe team on Sept. 27.
3. Monroe (3-1)
Last week: No. 3
Result: Beat Forest Hills 55-7
This week: Bye
Monroe has completed its first third of the season and definitely lived up to the hype put on them. Last week, they jumped all over Forest Hills as quarterback Matt Bennett picked apart the Yellow Jacket secondary all night long. Monroe also picked off three passes in the win and will get a week to prepare for what could be one of their biggest games this season. The Redhawks came within a touchdown of upsetting Charlotte Catholic last year, and they will be coming off two bye weeks and two losses within the past month. A win over them next week would go a long way in letting people know Monroe has arrived.
4. Metrolina Christian (3-1)
Last week: No. 4
Result: 58-0 over Northside/Victory Christian
This week: Trinity Christian (2-0)
Jadus Davis touched the ball four times on offense and gained 132 total yards and scored three touchdowns to lead a balanced attack against a dual team of Northside Christian and Victory Christian students. Luke Roeffler also caught two of quarterback Angel Gonzalez’s three touchdown passes. Sophomore Gunnar Moen led the way with seven tackles and recorded a pair of sacks. Freshman Reece Morgan got an interception as the defense pitched a shutout. The Warriors may have a tougher time this week with unbeaten Trinity Christian, although they haven’t played anyone on Metrolina’s level yet. The Warriors will need to stop running back Chavon McEachern, who is averaging about 190 yards rushing and has six touchdowns on the season.
5. Porter Ridge (2-1)
Last week: No. 6
Result: Beat Sun Valley 33-6
This week: Marvin Ridge (1-2)
Alex Chapman (11 rushes, 127 yards and a touchdown) and Brandon Perry (nine rushes, 70 yards and a touchdown) led the Porter Ridge ground attack that gained 297 yards and averaged nine yards per carry last week against Sun Valley. Quarterback Mason Cox was efficient and threw a pair of touchdowns. Connor Henderson led the defense with 14 tackles. This week will be a tough test for the Pirates and Marvin Ridge has won each of the past two meetings in this series.
6. Cuthbertson (3-1)
Last week: No. 7
Result: Beat Jay M Robinson 31-7
This week: Bye
The Cavs have to be thrilled with the start they’ve had to the season when little expectations was cast their way. However, new coach Trey Cavanaugh and his staff have to be commended on their 3-1 start. They get the bye week to take inventory. They’ve played great to this point, but upstart Parkwood will be upset-minded in two weeks.
7. Marvin Ridge (1-2)
Last week: No. 5
Result: Lost 39-10 to Northwest Cabarrus
This week: at Porter Ridge (2-1)
The Mavs suffered tough luck two weeks ago when Ardrey Kell came back and beat them at the buzzer. Last week was a different story. The Mavs game up over 257 yards on the ground and got thoroughly beat in every facet. It’s a tough turnaround as they play Porter Ridge this week in a game that was washed out from opening night. It’s too early to call this a must-win for the Mavs, but a 1-3 start going into the Southern Carolinas play is too big of a hole for any team to climb out of.
– Andrew Stark