- Charlotte Catholic (4-0)
Previous ranking: No. 1
The Cougars got a week to prepare for their first Southern Carolinas opponent with a bye last week, but will be going into this matchup mostly blind. Charlotte Catholic beat Monroe the last time they played, but that was during the 2004 season, but it’s probably more of a disadvantage for the Redhawks, who haven’t seen anything like Catholic’s Wing-T in more than a decade.
This week: at Monroe (3-1)
- Myers Park (4-0)
Previous ranking: No. 2
Myers Park and Garinger are both coming off of shutout wins two weeks ago and byes this week. Garinger won for the first time in 54 games with a 42-0 win over CATA, but won’t be much match for the Mustangs, who are coming off a dominant win over South Meck. The Mustangs have won 14 straight in the series, dating back to 20-13 Garinger win in 2002.
This week: at Garinger (1-3)
- Charlotte Christian (2-1)
Previous ranking: No. 3
The Knights haven’t played a single down in three weeks after weather forced a game cancellation and their scheduled bye. That could work in two ways – either the Knights start out a little rusty or come out firing and determined. Knowing coach Jason Estep, his team will be raring to go.
This week: vs. Ravenscroft (3-2)
- Butler (2-1)
Previous ranking: No. 5
It wasn’t always pretty, but Butler found a way to outlast Providence with a one-point overtime win in the Bulldogs’ home opener. Jamal Worthy, Damel Hickman, Quasean Holmes and Keyon Lesane all came up big on offense, but this defense is what may carry Butler this year.
This week: vs. Rocky River (0-4)
- Providence (3-2)
Previous ranking: No. 4
The Panthers struggled to make many big yardage plays in their showdown with Butler, but steady running back Julian Boddie again went well over 100 yards as the Panthers hung with every punch from the Bulldogs before falling by a point in overtime. The Panthers will look to get back in the win column this week, and have a good shot to do just that.
This week: vs. Ardrey Kell (0-5)
- Charlotte Latin (2-1)
Previous ranking: No. 6
The good news for the Hawks is they scored a 28-point win against homeschool team Carolina Pride to avenge their first loss of the season. The bad news is they gave up 26 points – the most of the season and the third straight game allowing at least 20 points. This is the week to stop that trend as Harrells Christian hasn’t scored in any of its previous three games.
This week: at Harrells Christian (2-3)
- Providence Day (4-1)
Previous ranking: No. 7
The Chargers rolled Forestview last week behind Cody Cater (21-33, 324 yards, three touchdowns), Porter Rooks (10 rec. 151 yards, four total touchdowns) and Nickel Fields (18 rushes, 161 yards, two TDs and an interception). The Chargers have won three straight, but better not look ahead to next week’s showdown with Charlotte Latin.
This week: vs. Cannon (3-1)