1. Myers Park (2-0)
Last week: No. 1
Result: Beat Providence 63-3
This week: at South Meck (0-2)
The Mustangs walloped Providence, even playing without stars Moose Muhammad and Cameron Roseman-Sinclair, who were held out by the coaching staff. Even so, Porter Rooks hauled in three touchdown passes from Drake Maye in the first half while the stars got the rest of the night off. The Mustangs are definitely the top team in southern Mecklenburg and look quite invincible at the moment. Winless South Meck is coached by former Myers Park running backs coach Joe Evans, but even with intimate knowledge of the Mustangs scheme, the Sabres have little to no shot to win this week.
2. Charlotte Christian (1-1)
Last week: No. 3
Lost, 56-6, to Valor Christian
This week: at Pace Academy (Ga.) (1-1)
It was so shocking to see the Knights lose two weeks ago, especially in a 56-6 beat down at the hands of Valor Christian. Luckily, they got a week off last week to get their starting quarterback (Matthew Tuomala) and running back (Henry Rutledge) back from injury and lick their wounds. Now they turn their focus to Atlanta, but little is known of Pace Academy and I hate it that they have to travel that far to get a game. But no matter where they play this week, I expect the Knights to come out with something to prove this week.
3. Charlotte Catholic (1-2)
Last week: No. 2
Result: Lost 7-3 to Archbishop Rummel
This week: Bye
Charlotte Catholic wanted to test themselves with more of a national schedule and the Cougars certainly have done that in the past two weeks when they lost nail-biters to Our Lady of Good Counsel (7-0) and Archbishop Rummel (7-3). The Cougars hadn’t lost back-to-back games since Sept. 25, 2009, when Olympic capped off a four-game losing streak to a Catholic team that went 7-5 that season. In the decade since, they’ve gone 136-14. There is no issue with the defense, which has been very strong this season, but there has to be concern about the offense, especially the vaunted run game. Mostly, I think, it shows the lack of aerial attack. The good news is the Cougars have back-to-back bye weeks to fix it, but they better not be rusty when they face a pretty good Monroe team on Sept. 27.
4. Providence Day (2-0)
Last week: No. 5
This week: Timberland (1-0)
The Chargers have looked like serious contenders through two games this season, but their level of competition hasn’t been the greatest. Quarterback Cody Cater is having a terrific start to his senior season, and weapons like Nickel Fields and Thomas Flynn have the offense running at midseason form. This week, the Chargers better hone in on running back duo Jamari Nelson and Matthew Williamson if they want to come away with another win, but they should get the job done.
5. Butler (1-2)
Last week: No. 4
Result: Lost 42-14 to Richmond
This week: Bye
Butler had flashes of really good play against Richmond, but the Bulldogs were overwhelmed for the second consecutive week after getting thumped by Mallard Creek two weeks ago. Games like this will only make quarterback Parish Metzger and the Butler offense better in the long run. There has to be some concern defensively, as they’ve taken a pounding, allowing 75 points in the past two weeks after allowing 10 on opening night to a Hough team that isn’t playing well either. Butler gets a much-needed week off after another brutal opening to their season, but Providence should be a get-right game in two weeks.
6. Ardrey Kell (2-1)
Last week: No. 6
Result: Beat Marvin Ridge 36-33
This week: Independence (2-1)
The Knights easily could have folded in the first half when the Mavs got up 21-7, but Cedric Gray scored a couple of touchdowns to tie it. In the end, quarterback Jared Joseph executed a near flawless drive to win it for the Knights, who are living up to preseason hype and appear ready to defend their So. Meck 7 title. The matchup with Independence this week is huge for both teams and should be a very competitive game.
7. Charlotte Latin (3-0)
Last Week: No. 7
Result: Beat Catawba Ridge 27-7
This week: at North Raleigh Christian (1-2)
The Hawks jumped out to a 21-0 lead and surprised previously unbeaten Catawba Ridge on the road a week after losing quarterback Jake Heflrich for the season. Andrew Sumichrast got the Hawks on the board quickly with a 40-yard strike from new quarterback Charles Watson, and moments later Sumichrast scored on an interception return to set the tone. The Hawks will travel to Raleigh, but should come back from the state capital with a still unbeaten record.