1. Charlotte Catholic (7-0)
Previous ranking: No. 1
The Cougars got another huge game from Milan Howard, who ran for 150 yards and another two touchdowns to lead the offense, but the defense was the biggest story. The Cougars held Sun Valley to a season-low 13 points with huge games from Chase Foley (17 tackles), Brian Jacobs (12 tackles, interception), Ty Foley (10 tackles) and Kevin Cross (eight tackles, three sacks).
This week: Piedmont (2-5)
2. Charlotte Christian (5-1)
Previous ranking: No. 3
Quarterback Garrett Shrader was nearly perfect (17-20 passing, 173 yards, 46 rush yards and two total touchdowns) and the Knights ran up 350 yards of total offense in a 42-0 win at Country Day, who had been red hot. The Knights defense is allowing just eight points per game over its last four, and this team is rounding into championship form more each week.
This week: Metrolina Christian (6-1)
3. Butler (5-1)
Previous ranking: No. 4
The Bulldogs just keep getting better and better. Butler was held scoreless in the first half last week against previously unbeaten Myers Park, but Jamal Worthy, Quasean Holmes, Keyon Lesane and Damel Hickman eventually wore the Mustangs out on the ground, piling up 225 second half rushing yards in the 28-7 win.
This week: at Independence (1-6)
4. Myers Park (6-0)
Previous ranking: No. 2
Myers Park played great defensively in the first half against Butler and led 7-0 before the wheels came off in a 28-7 loss. The Mustangs couldn’t stop the Bulldog run game, really struggled throwing the ball for the first time all season and couldn’t get the run game going. They have a must win this week if they want to stay in the Southwestern 4A title hunt.
This week: Hickory Ridge (7-0)
5. Providence Day (6-1)
Previous ranking: No. 5
The Chargers got a week to get everyone healthy and regroup after one of the hottest starts in school history. They enter a three-game stretch against some heavy hitters starting this week against rival Country Day followed by matchups with unbeaten Christ School and CISAA leading Charlotte Christian.
This week: Country Day (4-3)