Loss drops Raiders in polls
by By Shawn Stinson
RALEIGH — The Richmond Senior football team fell four spots in the latest Associated Press North Carolina high school poll released Tuesday afternoon.
Richmond dropped into a tie for seventh with Mount Tabor following its first loss of the season, 49-32, to Butler. The Bulldogs jumped back into the poll at No. 9 following the victory.
Mallard Creek retains the top spot, garnering 11 of the 12 first-place votes. Scotland remained second and received the other first-place vote. Both West Mecklenburg and East Forsyth moved up a spot to third and fourth, respectively. Hough made the biggest jump this week, going from ninth to fifth.
Dudley slid up one spot to sixth and Wake Forest rounded out the poll at No. 10.
In the NCPreps.com poll, the Raiders dropped to No. 10.
Mallard Creek earned all eight of the first-place votes to stay at No. 1. Scotland is second, followed by East Forsyth, West Mecklenburg, Hough, Dudley, North Davidson, Mount Tabor and Butler.
Richmond dropped six spots in the CarolinaPreps.com Power Rankings, falling to ninth.
Mallard Creek and Scotland were once No. 1 and 2 in the rankings. West Mecklenburg inched up a spot to third, Hough leapfrogged to fourth from seventh and East Forsyth remained at No. 5. Rounding out the list were: Butler, Dudley, Mount Tabor, Richmond and Wake Forest.
Ellerbe leading Dolphins in tackles
MIAMI — Former Richmond Senior standout Dannell Ellerbe has a team-leading 30 tackles for the Miami Dolphins this season.
Ellerbe, who signed as a free agent with Miami after spending his first four years in Baltimore, has 19 solo tackles and is tied with Reshad Jones for the team lead in that category.
The Dolphins are off to a 3-0 start this season and is tied atop the AFC East with the New England Patriots.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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