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What are your thoughts on this final non-conference matchup for the Mavericks?  I applaud head coach Mike Palmieri for having the guts to go out and schedule the best teams he could.  South Pointe is a program that has only lost 30 games in its 10-year existence. 

 

I think Mallard Creek is probably significantly better than the Stallions, at least talent wise, but I still think this could be a closer game, at least for a while, and one the Mavs will have to earn and play hard down the stretch to seal it. 

 

I've seen this bunch play good NC teams in the past and put a thumping on a few.  I remember the 2009 game where Indy struggled to get out of there alive.  They always have a great home field advantage and its a really good environment for football. 

 

FOR THE RECORD: 

 

Mallard Creek (3-0)

 

2016 Results: 

at Dillon SC 7-3 W

Butler 35-20 W

Byrnes SC 21-14 W

 

South Pointe (3-1)

 

2016 Results: 

at Northwestern 30-23 W

Nation Ford 24-10 W

Rock Hill 30-23 W

St. Francis MD 23-28 L 

 

 

SIDE NOTE: 

Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri will be going for his 100th official win as the head coach for the Mavericks.  (Although he actually has 108 with forfeits.)

 

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Chris the Byrnes QB had several big runs on the MC D, this QB is way better in terms of running than him. If they do not contain him theyre in trouble.

Brynes QB had 63 yds rushing with the longest being 24 yds. We will definitley need to contain Derion Kendrick...#1 for SP. 

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Seen both teams play. Tough spot for SP. Tough rival game against Rock Hill then on a short week travel to Baltimore and lose a tight 4 quarter battle with a good ST. FRances team. Then travel home and get The Creek coming off a bye week. Tough.

 

SP has a young squad of atheletes. Lots of long 6'2 6'3 kids at skill positions and at LB and DE. Gilmore, Kendrick, Adams all elite level kids.

 

Kendrick is the 4star at QB with offers from the big boys. Clemson, FSU, Bama. Probably a SS in college he is more of a athlete than QB but can sling it and can move. He will need to because they are just average up front. Creek will need to get pressure in his face because he is a step up and step out kind of QB and thats where he is trouble. He can just take off or he finds a wide open reciever after coverage has broken off. Puts a ton of pressure on LBs and safeties.

 

Fyi...dont discount that QB from Byrnes. He did the exact same thing against RH Northwestern on Friday night when i was there. He is a very talented kid.

 

I suspect Southpointe will walk the safety up and try and force Caldwell to throw them out of it just like Byrnes did. I believe given time MC will run the ball a great deal on SP.

 

Southpointe ran out of gas against ST. Frances. The biggest issue in dealing with MC is always size and depth. That will be a challenge again.

 

Creek 28- SP 17..tight game until the 4th.

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So South Pointe beats Northwestern who drums Byrnes.  Meshing the scores, South Pointe beats Byrnes 41-12.  MC beats Byrnes 21-14.

 

The magic 8-ball says "outlook not so good" for the Creek.  

 

Anywhere this game is live streamed online?  Would be a fun one to watch!

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Creek will have their hands full with the Stallions. Pulling for Creek to win as a representative of NC, but would not surprise me if South Pointe pulls out a win. Should be a classic.

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Lost 3 in a row just 2 years ago. Coaching staff philosphy very similar to MC philosphy. They play very tough competition to prepare the team not just for this years playoff run but for those runs in the future.

 

They are not afraid to take a loss or two to help the learning curve.

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Think your off by a year. It was 2012. Both games against Butler. Ironically in the other games played that year it was the highest scoring offense the school ever had. Which speaks to the level of competition being a big factor.

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If you look @ the offense for The Creek this year, it has more to do with wrong personal vs teams stopping them. Unlike a lot of Teams in NC. They have the luxury of moving kids around to get the results needed. So before you guys start licking your chops. Coach P will make the changes needed and by time The Creek shows up on your schedule, it won't be easy

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MC will move players into place but does that include a QB change or an addition there? Is that part of the problem? Also, after three games has the staff not pinpointed the issue? Is it as much an issue with the coaching of the O? Tough questions and winning a title is the goal but when everyone rings the talent / depth bell real loud and talks about national relevancy more is expected.

 

With the players they have on O it is surprising that they cannot move the ball more efficiently. Put an average QB on the 2015 team and they have much larger issues. Smith was as clutch a QB as I have seen and just as in the case of this team, they did not play a game they should lost.

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Btango the adjustments will be made I believe. The players are there. Coach P didn't win 3 State Championships in a row because he couldn't figure it out. They will get better real fast.

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To me it sounds like MC and Kannapolis has the same problem on offence turnovers and penalties.Cut back on both of them and both teams will b ok.

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Work, I see what you're saying and tend to agree with you.

 

After seeing the Dillon and Byrnes game, and the struggle to consistently move the ball, I wondered if the offensive game plan wasn't meshing with the personnel on the field. I agree with Btango, with the talent on that offense, points should be easy To come by.

 

But, Chauncey Caldwell is learning a new system where he is expected to make a lot of the decisions. That would be tough under normal circumstances, but throw in the fact you're going to have to go through that learning curve against 3 of the best teams SC has to offer and one of the best in NC? It has to be extremely hard under those conditions to gain any real sense of an offensive flow and confidence when you're learning the system.

 

Mallard Creek will be just fine. They have a couple tough games I conference but this is when the Mavericks will start to gel and fly high offensively.

 

Great great win for South Pointe though. Congratulations.

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National relevancy is a media and fan hype. Not really a program goal. They scheduled 4 tough opponents, 3 on the road. Not another team in the state goes 4-0 with that schedule believe it.

 

Offense isnt good right now. Thats a fact. I wouldn't hop on the first plane to Vegas and load up on Vance or anyone else quite yet. The difference between who Vance has played and who MC has played is light years.

 

You have 160 yards in penalties and 5 turnovers you arent beating good teams. Offensive struggles are a collective problem. Always easy to pin on QB and as much as i love me some LJ he had some clunkers last year in the first 5 games.

 

Drop passes, not moving people off line, backs missing holes, penalties. Its the whole ball of wax.

 

QB play is alot about confidence. West Charlotte and Hopewell might be just what the doctor ordered here.

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Good reply Wrigley. I agree on the QB aspect. I am really asking more than staying in that. I felt he looked ok in game one considering all aspects invoked.

 

Correct on LJ. At times he had huge issues especially with accuracy but he was a gamer when it was on the line. CI am also a huge fan!

 

I think why I shake my head is because they have a system in place but continue to rack up penalties and cannot perform on O with nearly half their games played. The D is lights out and that is even more reason to expect more points from the O. There is an issue on the offensive side when they go up against a team that matches up close to them physically.

 

I see this with many schools but specialist should be a four year plan. You are looking for your kicker and punter then. Putting the ball in the end zone for this MC squad would be a huge weapon with the D they have! Colleges blow this off also wanting to go walk ins who are basically trying out until they lose a game because if it and they get called out. Bobby Bowden comes to mind real quick.

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I made the trip to Rock Hill last night.South Pointe was the better team last night and deserved the win. I saw South Pointe handle Northwestern also in week one.South Pointe is the best team in the Carolinas and they will win their 3rd straight state championship this year. That being said... Mallard Creek is still the best team in NC. They will win their 4th straight state championship this year.

 

The Potter kid from Rock Hill...just a junior may be the best kicker/punter I've seen in high school.His kicking and punting helped South Pointe control field position most of the game.

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