1. Weddington (6-0)
Last week: No. 1
Result: Beat Charlotte Catholic 45-0
This week: Piedmont (1-4)
Weddington manhandled Charlotte Catholic last week in a game that should make every other 3A team in the state shiver with fear. The Warriors did nearly everything right and clearly have asserted themselves as the top team in the county. The defensive effort last week left no running holes for the vaunted Catholic rushing attack and Weddington had three interceptions when the Cougars did try to throw. Offensively, they are explosive and feature the best running back in the country. Piedmont comes calling this week, but there may not be a team this season that can stop them short of their goals.
2. Parkwood (5-1)
Last week: No. 4
Result: Beat Sun Valley 40-6
This week: Marvin Ridge (3-3)
The Rebels are No. 2 in the Super 7 for the first time this decade, yet they deserve it after they ended a six-game losing streak to Sun Valley, and it must have felt good. After the Spartans unloaded on Parkwood with a 52-7 win last season, the Rebels returned the favor and shocked the Spartans 40-6. Brock Cain continues to run this offense to perfection and threw for another two touchdowns last week. Austin Cain and Daniel Morrison scored rushing touchdown and Sametrious Drakeford went over 100 yards on the ground again. Austin Burns led the defense with 10 tackles and the Rebels picked off two passes. With Marvin Ridge, Weddington and Charlotte Catholic coming in the next three games, we’ll see if they can hold on to the lofty ranking, but for now, the 5-1 Rebels have played to this level.
3. Porter Ridge (4-2)
Last week: No. 3
Result: Lost 35-14 to Butler
This week: Independence (3-3)
The Pirates couldn’t get much of anything going last week as they ended their four-game win streak against a determined Butler team who hadn’t been playing well of late. They aren’t out of contention just yet and won’t drop a spot this week. Porter Ridge ran 29 times against Butler, but only gained 37 yards. Quarterback Mason Cox threw for just 45 yards and 14 attempts and was picked off twice. I’m chalking it up as a bad night and will expect them to get back on track this week against an up and down Independence team.
4. Charlotte Catholic (2-3)
Last week: No. 2
Result: Lost 52-0 to Weddington
This week: Sun Valley (1-5)
Either Weddington is on another level than anyone else, or there are some chinks in the Cougars armor. The answer lies somewhere in the middle, but Catholic was exposed and beaten down by the Warriors in every facet of the game last week. They hadn’t lost a conference game in a decade, but couldn’t do much of anything right last week. The good news is they get to move on and do so in a hurry with Sun Valley coming to town. The Spartans have been blown out the past two weeks, and a repeat would do some good for the Cougar morale. Expect a big win, but there are some major problems to be addressed here.
5. Metrolina Christian (4-3)
Last week: No. 6
Result: Beat Covenant Day 42-23
This week: Bye
The Warriors continued to show the ability to score as they got back in the winning column and blitzed Covenant Day last week. Angel Gonzalez threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, Jadus Davis ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and caught two passes for 110 yards and another score. There is some pause with the defense allowing as many points as it has of late, but this offense can be elite.
6. Cuthbertson (4-2)
Last week: No. 7
Result: Beat Piedmont 35-7
This week: Monroe (3-3)
Junior quarterback Evan Bernard completed 17-of-23 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns to lead an impressive offensive showing. Bernard also ran for 63 yards and a score and joined Jack Rinehart (nine carries, 66 yards and a touchdown) to lead the run game. Sophomore AJ Colombo caught eight passes for 118 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. Kurt Petroff and the Cavs allowed just five passing yards to Piedmont and picked off a pass. The Cavs have a big game with Monroe this week as two teams looking to validate their strong starts will square off.
7. Monroe (3-3)
Last week: No. 5
Result: Lost 34-14 to Marvin Ridge
This week: at Cuthbertson (4-2)
My darling pick of this season was going to be Monroe with their playmakers all over the field including Salen Streater and Shaleak Knotts. I loved new quarterback Matt Bennett and thought the run game had a chance to be special. I knew it would all come down to defense, and during each of the past two games the Redhawks’ lack of offense and inability to stop opposing offenses has caught up. After dropping two straight blowouts, a third consecutive loss could drop the former No. 2 team out of the rankings.
Also receiving votes: Marvin Ridge (3-3)