1. Myers Park (1-0)
Last week: No. 1
This week: vs. Providence (1-0)
The offense was expected to star against a weak Olympic secondary, and it did. Quarterback Drake Maye picked apart the Trojans, throwing three touchdowns to Moose Muhammad and the Mustangs rolled to a 42-0 win. The Mustang defense came out better than expected against an Olympic offense that put up a bunch of points last season, but they may have their hands full with Providence who comes 1-0 with new coach Weslee Ward. The Mustangs had trouble with the Panthers in the past, but this team may be too much.
2. Charlotte Catholic (1-0)
Last week: No. 2
This week: at Our Lady of Good Counsel (0-0)
Catholic showed no ill effect from the mass exodus of talented seniors, as the Cougars put 42 points on South Meck before halftime in Week 1. Paul Neel led the rushing attack, which is going to be great all season, and the defense proved to be potent once again. The Cougars are taking on more of a national schedule this year, so they’ll hop on a bus for the 6.5-hour drive to Olney, Md. where Our Lady of Good Counsel awaits. Good Counsel has had success in the past, but this Charlotte Catholic train just keeps on moving.
3. Charlotte Christian (1-0)
Last week: No. 3
This week: Valor Christian (0-0)
Charlotte Christian jumped all over 3A power Sun Valley in the opener, blowing the Spartans out with an emphatic 35-13 win. The defense – especially up front and in the secondary – was awesome as they forced six turnovers. The Knights lost their top running back and quarterback, but coach Jason Estep expects both to be fine by next week. They hung in well with Chip Kasay and fill-in quarterback JB Awolowo, who scored a rush, pass and receiving touchdown in the win. Valor Christian is traveling from Colorado, but they are the defending 5-A champs and should give the Knights a test.
4. Butler (1-0)
Last week: No. 4
This week: Mallard Creek (0-0)
Butler looked good on defense and special teams in a grind-it-out 21-10 win over Hough on opening night. The Bulldogs are expected to be one of the area’s top rushing teams, but they struggled some with scheme and Hough is a very good team to begin with. However, the defense blocked three kicks and got a couple of other turnovers to prevail. This week is a different animal with rival Mallard Creek, who is nationally ranked and – along with the Bulldogs – on the shortlist of teams who could win it all. This one is always fun and hard-hitting and there is no love lost between the teams, but one Butler badly wants.
5. Providence Day (1-0)
Previous ranking: No. 5
This week: at Rabun Gap (1-0)
The Chargers won an ugly opening night game but shutting out a quality opponent like Mountain Island Charter has to feel good after an 0-3 start derailed last season. The Chargers turned the ball over, missed kicks and squandered chances, but they came through when it mattered with rushing touchdowns from Cody Cater and Nickel Fields in the 17-0 win. Rabun Gap got its season going with a 41-0 win over a homeschooled team from Greensboro, but the Chargers will present a much different task.
6. Ardrey Kell (0-1)
Previous ranking: No. 6
This week: East Meck (0-1)
The Knights got down 28-0 to defending 3-AA champion Weddington and couldn’t come back although they scored 14 fourth quarter points. We’re not going to hold them down too much because the schedule is set up and there is a ton of talent on this team. But, they can’t let up this week against an East Meck team that gave Providence all it could handle in a 9-0 loss to the Panthers. However, a Knights win should get the ball rolling.
7. Charlotte Latin (1-0)
Previous ranking: No. 7
This week: Carolina Bearcats (1-1)
The Hawks played well two weeks ago in their season opener and should be rested and healthy to take on the Bearcats, a homeschooled team based in Charlotte. The real test begins next week when the Hawks have a matchup with Catawba Ridge, the new Fort Mill public school. Before then, there isn’t much to take from wins over the Bearcats and Covenant Day.