Raiders hold steady in AP poll
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — The top 5 teams in this week’s Associated Press North Carolina High football poll remained the same.
Mallard Creek received all 12 first-place ballots to keep the top spot. Scotland retained the second spot, followed by Dudley. Richmond Senior, which routed Lumberton 55-6 Friday, edged Hough by two points to stay in fourth.
West Forsyth and East Forsyth swapped spots this week. The Titans received one more point in the voting than their in-county rivals, the Eagles to move up to sixth.
Charlotte Catholic jumped two slots, going to eighth from 10th this week. Southeast Guilford and Rocky River rounded out the poll.
Just like the AP poll, there was no changes at the top of the latest CarolinaPreps.com power rankings. Mallard Creek, Scotland, Dudley, Hough, Richmond and West Forsyth retained their spots. Charlotte Catholic moved up to seventh from ninth, while Rocky River remained at No. 8. East Forsyth jumped to ninth from 11th and Butler made its way back into the top 10.
The only other Southeastern Conference school to be mentioned in the rankings was Pinecrest. The Patriots checked in at No. 15 after being ranked 18th after their first loss of the season at Scotland.
The top seven spots in this week’s NCPreps.com poll were unchanged.
Mallard Creek once again earned seven of the eight first-place ballots with Scotland snagging the other to remain in second. Dudley, West Forsyth, Hough, Richmond and East Forsyth held steady from No. 3 to No. 7. North Davidson and New Bern inched up a spot to eighth and ninth, respectively. Charlotte Catholic returned to the poll to finish tied for ninth with New Bern.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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