Monday, November 14, 2011

Providence Day, Myers Park join Observer Sweet 16 football poll

Three weeks to play in the 2011 high school football season and Mallard Creek and Butler are where they have been all season: in the top two spots in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll. The two nationally ranked teams are one win away from playing a highly anticipated state semifinal game in Charlotte.

That regional championship matchup almost happened last year but Mallard Creek suffered one of the biggest upsets in county history, falling 10-7 to Vance in the 2010 N.C. 4AA quarterfinals.

The teams matched up to start the current season, with Butler No. 1 in the Sweet 16.

The Mavericks beat Butler 28-20 and have held onto to the No. 1 spot ever since. Butler has stayed at No. 2.

This week, behind those two teams, the top eight spots remained the same.

After that, Mooresville, Lincolnton, South Iredell and Albemarle moved up as South Point and Independence dropped four places to No. 14 and No. 13.

New to the poll is N.C. Independent Schools champ Providence Day, at No. 15, and Southwestern 4A conference power Myers Park, at 16. Myers Park beat the No. 2 seed in its playoff “pod” 47-27 Friday, knocking South Caldwell out of the poll. South Caldwell had previously been No. 15.

Rk. Team (Class) Rec. Pvs.
1 Mallard Creek (4A) 12-0 1
2 Butler (4A) 11-1 2
3 Charlotte Catholic (3A) 12-0 3
4 Porter Ridge (4A) 12-0 4
5 Burns (3A) 11-1 5
6 Rock Hill South Pointe (3A) 11-1 6
7 A.L. Brown (3A) 12-1 7
8 West Rowan (3A) 11-2 8
9 Mooresville (4A) 11-2 12
10 South Iredell (2A) 13-0 11
11 Lincolnton (2A) 12-1 13
12 Albemarle (1A) 12-1 14
13 Independence (4A) 10-3 9
14 South Point (3A) 10-1 10
15 Providence Day (IND) 10-2 NR
16 Myers Park (4A) 9-4 NR

Dropped Out: Marvin Ridge (3A, 10-2); South Caldwell (4A, 11-2). On the bubble: Ardrey Kell (4A, 8-4); Concord (3A, 10-3); Crest (3A, 10-3); Salisbury (2A, 11-2);
Note: To be ranked in the Observer’s Sweet 16, a team must be in the Observer’s coverage area, field football and basketball teams and not allow a student-athlete to re-class after ninth grade. For a detailed look inside the poll, including the criteria used to compile it, visit?


Anonymous said...

Even if Belmont South Point did advance this far, they would still lose to Charlotte Catholic this Friday. So no more crying for South Point fans who cry about being ranked behind CCHS. You clearly were not the better team and seeing Catholic defeat strong team one after the other, is there any more doubt?

Anonymous said...

CC will be in big dodo if the game was in Belmont. 40-0? 50-0? Just hope its on HW 51 or you are dead meat.