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  1. Coaches, fans and forum followers, The work on Friday Night Football N.C. Magazine’s annual season preview edition continues. We publish the preview this summer - every high school will receive one and others may be purchased online and at various news stands. With a summer publication date, the pressure is on to complete team capsules and other stories very soon. I’m working on the “West,” “Midwest” and “Charlotte” regions and am lacking about 70 teams. I’ll keep making calls and sending emails directly to the schools, but any assistance you can provide by completing the online survey at www.fnfsurvey.com will be a great help. The teams I haven’t heard from or talked to follow. I know some of these are on the coach’s moving van, but any insight into the teams and returning athletes that can be provided by a coach or AD will help us produce a more complete preview. Midwest Alexander Central, Ashbrook, Bandys, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, Carson, Kings Mountain, Newton-Conover, North Iredell, North Rowan, North Wilkes, South Caldwell, South Iredell, Statesville, Watauga, West Iredell, West Wilkes. West Andrews, Asheville School, Cherokee, Christ School, Erwin, Enka, Hayesville, Hendersonville, Madison, McDowell, Murphy, North Henderson, Pisgah, Polk County, Robbinsville, Rosman, Smoky Mountain, Swain County, T.C. Roberson, Thomas Jefferson Academy, Tuscola, Victory Christian Center. Charlotte Albemarle, Ardrey Kell, Berry Academy, Bessemer City, Butler, Cannon School, Cherryville, Community School of Davidson, Concord First Assembly, Concord Senior High, East Lincoln, Forest Hills, Garinger, Harding, Hickory Ridge, Highland School of Technology, Hopewell, Independence, Jay M. Robinson, Monroe, Mooresville, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg, North Stanly, NW Cabarrus, Pine Lake Prep, Porter Ridge, Providence Day School, South Mecklenburg, Southlake Christian, Vance, West Charlotte, West Montgomery. Obviously, there are a lot of other teams across the state that will be profiled, and my colleagues at FNF N.C. Magazine will appreciate your assistance as well. Feel free to email me if you would like to share convenient time to call and discuss, mdwillardmd@yahoo.com. Thank you for any help you can provide. Michael Willard FNF N.C. Magazine
  2. Coaches, fans and forum followers, The work on Friday Night Football N.C. Magazine’s annual season preview edition continues. We publish the preview this summer - every high school will receive one and others may be purchased online and at various news stands. With a summer publication date, the pressure is on to complete team capsules and other stories very soon. I’m working on the “West,” “Midwest” and “Charlotte” regions and am lacking about 70 teams. I’ll keep making calls and sending emails directly to the schools, but any assistance you can provide by completing the online survey at www.fnfsurvey.com will be a great help. The teams I haven’t heard from or talked to follow. I know some of these are on the coach’s moving van, but any insight into the teams and returning athletes that can be provided by a coach or AD will help us produce a more complete preview. Midwest Alexander Central, Ashbrook, Bandys, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, Carson, Kings Mountain, Newton-Conover, North Iredell, North Rowan, North Wilkes, South Caldwell, South Iredell, Statesville, Watauga, West Iredell, West Wilkes. West Andrews, Asheville School, Cherokee, Christ School, Erwin, Enka, Hayesville, Hendersonville, Madison, McDowell, Murphy, North Henderson, Pisgah, Polk County, Robbinsville, Rosman, Smoky Mountain, Swain County, T.C. Roberson, Thomas Jefferson Academy, Tuscola, Victory Christian Center. Charlotte Albemarle, Ardrey Kell, Berry Academy, Bessemer City, Butler, Cannon School, Cherryville, Community School of Davidson, Concord First Assembly, Concord Senior, East Lincoln, Forest Hills, Garinger, Harding, Hickory Ridge, Highland School of Technology, Hopewell, Independence, Jay M. Robinson, Monroe, Mooresville, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg, North Stanly, NW Cabarrus, Pine Lake Prep, Porter Ridge, Providence Day School, South Mecklenburg, Southlake Christian, Vance, West Charlotte, West Montgomery. Obviously, there are a lot of other teams across the state that will be profiled, and my colleagues at FNF N.C. Magazine will appreciate your assistance as well. Feel free to email me if you would like to share convenient time to call and discuss, mdwillardmd@yahoo.com. Thank you for any help you can provide. Michael Willard FNF N.C. Magazine
  3. This has been the question of late, can a Wake County 4A football team, specifically (4AA), compete with and win a football state championship against a Charlotte area team? I think we've seen some great advancement in some of the Wake County teams in recent years, and I think we'll see a few other really good squads burst onto the scene and try and make a name for themselves on a statewide level, but can a team rise up and compete with the likes of a Mallard Creek, Butler, or other Western teams on a consistent basis? In recent years, we've seen Wake Forest (formerly Wake Forest-Rolesville) make it to three 4AA championship games and Garner to one, but other than those two, it's been a struggle for Wake County teams to advance very far in the playoffs, especially when it comes to playing non Wake County teams. Last year we saw Apex Middle Creek dominate their schedule only to be hammered by Greensboro Page, a Western team (playing in East bracket) 49-23. A few years back (2005), it was Wakefield that seemingly lapped the field when facing Raleigh competition only to be blistered 28-7 by New Bern in the 4th round, and the list goes on and on. For the most part, Garner has been one of the few exceptions when it comes to being able to handle their own against non-Wake teams. For years, it was Fayetteville area teams that brought a different level of physicality to the Raleigh schools that they didn't handle well, but usually Garner was able to hold their own. I think we'll see some really good Raleigh area teams this season. I think Middle Creek once again will be very dominant, at least in the regular season games, and I think Garner and Wake Forest will also be pretty stout. I think the biggest surprise team that could burst onto the scene and look really good could be Holly Springs. They've really done well under Robert Furth and I don't see that changing. I think there are a multitude of reasons why Wake County schools have struggled. Several of them could be the addition of numerous new high schools, which has diluted the talent at several up and coming schools. Other reasons, especially in comparison to Charlotte, is that the Queen City is more of a football town, has more of a blue collar feel, and has a multitude of former professional players ready and willing to help train high school athletes. Since the Carolina Panthers began play in 1995, we've seen a large number of NFL players retire to Mecklenburg County, many of which live in the Highland Creek area that feeds Mallard Creek. While Raleigh dominates in Basketball and Soccer, I think Raleigh has more of a northern feel with somewhat of a transient population as northern families have relocated for some tech jobs in the Cary / RTP area. I anxiously await your input and discussion on this topic, as I think it's a very good one, especially as we begin to ramp up our 2016 football discussions.
  4. While very similar to the Raleigh/Wake County thread, I think we're on the verge of seeing Charlotte/Mecklenburg dominance grow to new heights for 2016 and beyond. As I was chatting with a few close coaching friends at this past weekends Shrine Bowl Combine at South Johnston HS, some Raleigh coaches started picking my brain about the Charlotte teams and why so many are so good. While everyone loves to talk about Mallard Creek, Butler, and Independence, and rightfully so, there is far more to Charlotte football than those three standard-bearers. As I've said before, I think it's Mallard Creek with a gap, and then everyone else, but I still contend that Butler has closed that gap considerably and I suspect that beginning in 2017 and beyond, the Bulldogs could regain their spot as top-dog in the county and state. I get hate mail, nasty Twitter responses, and other forms of trash talk every time I start talking about how the Charlotte teams have and will continue to dominate, but unfortunately the truth hurts. Again, it's not popular for me to say this, but I think there are nearly a dozen teams in Mecklenburg County that are considerably better than even the top perceived teams from other regions. Lets take Rocky River for instance, while they may be a 6-5 or 7-4 team in the SW4A, I have no doubt whatsoever that if you inserted them into the CAP8, they would most likely be a 10-win team. I think the exact same thing could be said about East Meck, North Meck, Vance, and possibly even West Charlotte. Call it what is is, but I think Charlotte teams will continue to put a choke hold on other regions, and while the records may not be impressive during the regular seasons, as in years past, what appears to be sub-par Charlotte teams will do numbers on perceived top-dogs from around the state. While I try to be fair, balanced, and spread out the love the best I can when doing my research and putting together the CP Top-25 Power Rankings, I truly feel that nearly half of the 4A squads could be from Mecklenburg County this year. Mallard Creek Butler Charlotte Catholic Myers Park South Meck Hough Vance Rocky River East Meck Ardrey Kell Providence West Charlotte Independence
  5. I am looking for a middle school offensive coordinator. We are Sun Valley Middle School located in Union County NC. This will be for the SVMS 7th grade team's upcoming 2016 season. Please email if you are interested in this position. Thank you, James Wilton Head Football Coach jwilton52 (at) yahoo (dot) com
  6. This post is for people interested in the 3A SPC Mens Basketball race this year. There are numerous D1 recruits/signees in this league. The number #1 freshmen in the country Wendell Moore, #1 Soph in state Rechon Black, and #1 Junior Lavarr Batts. Players have moved back in from outside schools back to their respective original schools. Is it the toughest league in the state for 3A? Does Rowan county have any sleeper teams that can compete with the Cabarrus teams? There is talent on every team this year. Should be an exciting year in the 10 team SPC. Any thoughts on who is the the best team?
  7. 4A West Top Bracket: #1 Dudley vs. McDowell #8 Watauga vs. #9 Southwest Guilford -- #5 Reagan vs. #12 A.L. Brown #4 South Caldwell vs. #13 High Point Central Bottom Bracket: #3 Charlotte Catholic vs. #14 Vance #6 T.C. Roberson vs. #11 Seventy-First -- #7 North Davidson vs. #10 Southeast Guilford #2 Scotland vs. #15 Davie My opinion: This is a very competitive bracket from top to bottom, but there are certainly some favorites and potential upsets. I don't think anyone will argue that Dudley is a shoe-in for the third round. Who they face is the big question. I feel this Friday's game between Reagan and Kannapolis will be the clash that determines who faces off against the Panthers. I feel Kannapolis is the favorite based on physical toughness, strength of defense, and strength of competition and schedule. While I've seen both teams multiple times, I feel Kannapolis not only has the offensive weapons to keep pace with Reagan's high-octane offense, but the Wonders more importantly have the defense to stop them in crucial situations. While I'm going to stop short of making this an out-right win for the boys in green, it's certainly the best game in the 4A this week and one I'm certain to see. High Point Central will be a tall task for South Caldwell. While I feel the Spartans could pull it off, I think both will face a potential stopping block against either Kannapolis or Reagan. The bottom bracket is just as interesting. While Charlotte Catholic is a machine and those kids are extremely well coached and run their system to perfection, I'd be scared to death to face Vance. I don't think, I know that Vance has the talent to stop the Catholic season and they could easily advance all the way to the finals as a #14 seed. However I do think Catholic will find a way to pull away late, but I won't call the shot and claim Catholic wins easy. This will be a fight. I think Seventy-First will give T.C. Roberson all kinds of fits and regardless of the long drive, the Falcons will come home victorious and most likely face Catholic, but we could also see a Vance at Seventy-First matchup win the second round as well, be prepared. North Davidson should have the firepower to beat Southeast Guilford but they could be deflated a bit after Friday's emotional win over West Forsyth. I think Mark Holcombe can find a way to get his troops grounded after that big win. Finally though, it's my opinion that they're all playing for second because I see Scotland going all the way to the 4th round and most likely defeating Dudley for the right to play for the championship.
  8. (Photo Credit: Randy Rimland) Dutch Fork High School is searching for a home football game for the 2016 season. The openings are August 26th and September 23rd (Week's 1 and 6). Obviously this would set up a huge game between legendary head coach Tom Knotts and a Tar Heel State opponent. Of course the scheduling would have to match-up, but it would be fantastic to see a Charlotte area squad be able to make the trip south of the border to face the 4A power Silver Foxes. Since arriving at Dutch Fork, Knotts immediately transformed the cellar dwelling Silver Foxes into a 4A power and has led his team to the 4A Div. I state championship game three consecutive times, winning the state title in 2013. Of course everyone knows what Knotts was able to do in his 28 year career in North Carolina, he orchestrated Independence's 109-game winning streak, seven consecutive 4A/4AA titles, and building powerhouses at Harding, West Charlotte, and Independence. Knotts owns a 364-74 record (375-63 on the field). Related: The Tom Knotts File
  9. This week the 8-2 Wonders host the Titans of Hopewell High School out of Huntersville on Senior Night in K-Town and for their last regular season contest of the 2015 high school football season. The Titans will come into the contest at 0-5 in the MECKA, 1-9 overall after dropping a close affair to the Vance Cougars 14-13 Friday night. The Titans are coached by second year head coach Charlie Gray. For the Titans, it’s the same song different verse for the school playing in it’s sixteenth season since opening back in 2001. Since that time the Titans have recorded only four winning seasons and two seasons finishing at 500%, the rest have all been losing efforts, nine of them to be exact counting this 2015 season that will end for the Titans this Friday night in Kannapolis. So what do they have to lose? Absolutely nothing, which couldn’t make them more dangerous. When you have nothing to lose you play with reckless abandon and throw caution to the wind. That’s why you have to come to play, because anything can be expected from a team like this. They are playing for pride and nothing else. Proof is in the pudding the way they took Vance to the wire last Friday night. The Titans are led offensively by 6’6 Senior QB #1 Trey Faison who is 55 of 28 passing for 624 yards and 5 touchdowns. Faison is also an accomplished runner having carried the ball 59 times for 291 yards on the ground and 5 touchdowns. In the backfield are 6’1 170lb Senior RB #2 Kolby Colson who has amassed 291 yards on 59 carries. Faison’s favorite targets in the passing game are 6’1 185lb Junior WR #5 Isaiah Ely Bembry who has 39 receptions for 468 yards and 3 touchdowns. Next is 5’8 145lb Junior WR Tre Exume who has 6 receptions for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns, Rounding out the receiving core is 5’10 188lb Junior WR Elijah Patterson who has 4 receptions for 105 yards and 1 touchdown. The Titans will also throw in a backup QB in the 6’1 200lb Senior QB #12 Justin Morell who has thrown to Trey Faison 4 times this year for 125 yards and 1 touchdown. Morell has accounted for 460 total yards of offense when he has the ball and can be used in a variety of situations with his size. Defensively the Titans have some size up front, but giving up a little over 32 points per game would lead one to believe that they are not the most productive defense in the MECKA which could be the death nail for the Titans facing one of the more productive offensive teams in the MECKA. I’ve never been one to kick a team when their down, (unless of course you are the Concord Spiders) lol, but seriously, the Hopewell Titans are in a world of hurt right now, and the prognosis for the future isn’t looking too bright for them this Friday night.
  10. Wow what a game. Vance had control most of the game, and lead for almost all of the game. Hough found themselves down 21/7 in the second half and came storming back to tie the game back up at 21 and send it in to OT. The Huskies scored on their first possession in OT, and Vance followed suit. The Cougars attempted a 2pt conversion, and almost converted, but Hough made a huge stop on the goal line, ending the game. This was a very winnable game for the Cougars. They had Hough on the ropes and just could not deliver the knockout blow. There seemed to be confusion when it came to personnel on the field and getting the plays in before the play clock would wind down, forcing Vance to burn numerous and valuable timeouts. I don't know many people who thought at the beginning of the season that Hough would be claiming the MeCka conference title this year, in what is arguably one of the better conferences in the state.
  11. Looks like the temperature just went up a bit in this big rivalry. While not as long as other top rivalries in this state like The Bell Game, Shelby/Crest, Tuscola/Pisgah, or Richmond/Scotland, on the field these two foes have made this one of the most exciting rivalries in all of North Carolina. THE SERIES Independence leads 16-11 1997: Independence 47-6 1998: Independence 42-28 1999: Butler 45-42 2000: Independence 37-31 2001: Independence 35-7 2002: Independence 27-17 2002: Independence 29-0 (4AA Semi-Finals) 2003: Independence 44-6 2004: Independence 48-0 2005: Independence 41-31 2005: Independence 22-7 (2nd Round) 2006: Independence 30-24 2006: Independence 40-23 (4AA Semi-Finals) 2007: Butler 21-20 2007: Independence 20-7 (2nd Round) 2008: Independence 42-31 2008: Independence 49-7 (3rd Round) 2009: Butler 31-24 2009: Butler 38-14 (4AA Semi-Finals) 2010: Butler 61-6 2011: Butler 38-26 2011: Butler 42-20 (2nd Round) 2012: Butler 33-14 2012: Butler 55-26 (2nd Round) 2013: Butler 43-42 2013: Butler 46-39 (2nd Round) 2014: Independence 34-28
  12. After facing a bit of adversity, what do you guys think of this Catholic team and their potential for playoffs?
  13. I know, I know. Some are actually suggesting the Panthers have a chance on the road of defeating the Red Machine of Powerful Charlotte Catholic. Lol. Everyone is laughing at that wisdom. But as I am an objective, even-handed fellow let us entertain this impossibility with your insightful comments. Many hugs.
  14. There is a pretty nice write-up today on the NFHS (National Federation of State High Schools Associations) website about the Independence HS 109-game streak and QB Chris Leak. http://www.nfhs.org/articles/leak-and-independence-were-record-setting-north-carolina-footballers/ It's certainly worth the time to read. It also gives us time to talk about the 2000's Independence under head coaches Tom Knotts and Bill Geiler run and dominance that Patriots had. Now 8-years removed from the last title, where does that dynasty stand among other NC dynasties, and nationally as well?
  15. This week in Charlotte, there will be a mismatch of major proportions. Winless Garinger will be playing at Mallard Creek. Garinger is a study in futility, while Mallard Creek is favored to win their third straight state title. This game is a story of total contrasts. For Mallard Creek, since 2008, on the field, the program has gone 92-9 with two state titles. Since 2011, the Creek has gone 58-7. During that same span, they are averaging 46.17 ppg and giving up 12.35 ppg. They have two state titles to their credit. For Garinger, the result is quite different. Since 2011, Garinger has gone 14-64. They've lost 42 of their last 43 games. They are currently on a 33 game losing streak. Since 2011, they have averaged 5.72 ppg while allowing 45.42 ppg. I want to pay a tribute to the players at Garinger. You haven't seen the results you want, but go out and play week in and week out. You play some very tough teams in Charlotte. This week you"re going up against the state title favorite. I honor you for your dedication and willingness to play this game. I understand Mallard Creek has a tough time every year finding ooc opponents. Let the Garinger Wildcats be an example to all the schools who don't want to schedule teams like Mallard Creek. Follow their example. It would take divine intervention for Garinger to win this game. But, at least they're going to show up and play.
  16. Mooresville is coming back home with a lose vs Hough (1-1) and Hopewell is coming off a lost vs LKN (1-1) This should be a Decent game, Hopewell is bit better than last year but I feel like Mooresville is the Favorite to Win this and We are at Home so its hard to beat Mooresville at Home! Any Thoughts?
  17. I would make plans to drive to Monroe HS on Saturday afternoon for this game. These are two of the best programs in NC this year, and a game that is sure to be spectacular. Kickoff is at 4pm, this is the 3rd game of the 4-game set Union Power Cooperative Gridiron Clash being played at Monroe HS. This will be the highlight of Saturday's slate of games. I had a chance to see Charlotte Christian up close and personal last Saturday when they dismantled #1 ranked 3A team Myrtle Beach and this team is very well coached and hits about as hard on defense as any team I've seen. I think both programs mirror each other in class and coaching, and I think both teams will get after you physically. I think Christian is probably the favorite, but I still think the game will be very tight and go down to the line. Obviously Weddington has the athletes to get after it and win as well, which is what will make this game a must-see.
  18. This is one of the top games in NC for Friday night, and the opener for the Union Power Cooperative Gridiron Clash being played on the turf at Monroe HS this weekend. Both squads come into this game undefeated and highly ranked in the Power Rankings. Obviously we know how far Cuthbertson made it last year, nearly going all the way to Raleigh to play for the title, and Pinecrest has become one of the scrappiest and toughest playing 4A teams in NC. This is really a clash of styles. Pinecrest runs the Carson-Newman split back veer as well as anyone and they run it to near perfection. The Patriots are very big up front and have tremendous size and experience on both sides of the ball. Cuthbertson, led by QB Austin Kendal is smooth, and looks like the high school version of Joe Montana's 49ers. I think this will be a classic. I kind of have the feeling Pinecrest wins going away, but not enough that I would put money on this game, it will be a tight one. If your team has an off-night or playing a cupcake, I would consider driving down to Monroe for this one. The ticket gets you this game and 3 big ones on Saturday as well, including Charlotte Christian vs. Weddington.
  19. Warrior fans travel well. I think the warriors can keep it close for a half but think Butler will be to much. 42-14 butler.
  20. Press Release: Monroe High School Stadium will be the site of a unique high school football event this upcoming weekend. The Union Power Cooperative Gridiron Clash presented by ESPN Radio 730 AM, featuring Union County squads playing teams from around the area, will begin on Friday with a single game and culminate with an aggressive tripleheader Saturday afternoon and evening. Five of the eight participating teams bring undefeated records into Monroe High School Stadium. The first unblemished mark will fall during the opener on Friday evening as the (2-0) Patriots of Pinecrest travel from Southern Pines to battle David Johnson’s (2-0) Cavaliers of Cuthbertson High School. Saturday’s buffet of games include (2-0) South Mecklenburg, looking to continue their winning ways, as well as the (2-0) Weddington Warriors who are fresh off last year’s state championship game appearance who will battle perennial powerhouse (1-1) Charlotte Christian. The finale will feature an impressive (2-0) Monroe Redhawks squad, led by longtime head coach Johnny Sowell, looking to continue their dominance on their way to a third straight victory. Mark Stafford, representing 151 Sports Marketing and the event promoter, had these thoughts on the event. “Even though there has been only a couple of games to this point, it appears that several of these teams participating this weekend have the potential to play deep into the playoffs and possibly bring home the championship hardware at season’s end. For a first year event our team is very pleased with the quality of programs that are participating. We hope the area fans will come out and support these young men as they play in an event that will be memorable to them for years to come. Having four games in approximately 48 hours could bring a lot of excitement to the community. I want to thank Monroe High School, Union Power Cooperative, ESPN Radio 730 AM, and all of our sponsors for their support.” The Union Power Cooperative Gridiron Clash presented by ESPN Radio 730 AM schedule includes: Friday September 4th #12 4A: Pinecrest vs. #4 3A: Cuthbertson - 7:30 p.m. Saturday September 5th #17 4A: South Mecklenburg vs. Porter Ridge - Noon #1 NCISSA: Charlotte Christian vs. #3 3A: Weddington – 4 p.m. Hunter Huss vs. #4 2A - Monroe – 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.unioncofootball.com or contact Mark Stafford at stafford151@verizon.net.
  21. The 55th Annual Cook Cup, what are the predictions based on the first two weeks?
  22. Lets get this one started.... A bit of info from the MC AD on advance ticket purchases Hello MC Fans! What an amazing atmosphere Friday night was! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Let's keep the train rolling! Friday, at Byrnes, will be a mess; so please pay close attention. Their AD has told me that it is extremely important to pre purchase tickets. They under heavy construction, and its not fan friendly. Parking will be somewhat of a mess too. So plan to get there early. With that being said: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday we will sell $6 tickets during lunch (10:30-12:30) outside the cafeteria. PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE. Lets drive down I85 and pack that place out like we did this week! Please please please do not wait; buy early (if we sell out early, I can get more tickets a lot easier). Also, please share this information.
  23. Scotland out of the gate 28 - 0, then Indy back to 28-13 and driving. Scots hold then take over once again with Zamir White leading the way. 29 carries for 296 yards and 6 tds (1 for 1 passing also) yds # info via LBG Exchange Scotland @ Marlboro (SC) next week.
  24. It's no secret that Mecklenburg has some of the strongest teams in NC, how would you rank the best the county's teams? I think we can all agree that without a doubt, Mallard Creek is #1, but how would you round out the rest? I think the next tier would consist of Butler, Vance, Catholic, Ardrey Kell, Hough South Meck, and Indy hot on their tails, but in what order? South Meck and Ardrey Kell will be very strong and I could see one of these teams, or possibly both of them knocking off Catholic. Vance will be strong but will be challenged by Hough and non-Meck team A.L. Brown for the probable runner-up spot in the MeCka. Rocky River will also be very solid but are they in the elite class of CLT teams? I don't know, they'll compete but do they have enough talent? Myers Park will be dark horse team to finish in the top half of the SW4A. Providence has a lot of question marks with a new coach, but the Panthers should have the talent to be respectable and challenge for a playoff spot. Olympic and West Meck will have a lot of talent but they'll have to prove that they belong in the top-tier teams, but both are led by strong head coaches and with some luck weathering tough schedules, they could find themselves in the upper-half's of their league. Harding is a team I could really see making some noise, Sam Griner's doing an outstanding job with the Rams this summer and I could see them knocking on the door of being a challenger. I don't think talent is an issue with them, they just needed some solid leadership and they may have found it with Griner. I could also see West Charlotte quickly moving back up the ladder, I don't think they're as down and out as some have claimed. Here is my CLT rankings: 1. Mallard Creek 2. Vance 3. AK 4. Catholic 5. South Meck 6. Butler 7. Indy 8. Hough 9. Rocky River 10. Myers Park 11. Providence 12. Olympic 13. West Charlotte 14. East Meck 15. North Meck 16. West Meck 17. Berry 18. Hopewell 19. Harding 20. Garinger
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