1. Charlotte Christian (2-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 1
This Week: Pace Academy (2-1)
A big congrats to Charlotte Christian coach Jason Estep, who picked up his 100th victory in the Knights’ blowout win over Covenant Day. I like a lot of the football coaches I get to know and come in contact with, but Estep is at the very top of my list of favorites, and he’s always done it the right way with his kids, his program and his faith. On the field, the Knights are rolling, but face a Pace team that has already won a couple of games this season.
2. Myers Park (3-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 2
This Week: at South Meck (0-3)
The Mustangs put up about 260 yards of rushing on the Providence defense with Jatoine Fields, 100-yard rusher Jazquez Robinson and later, Country Day newcomer Tim Newman Jr. Elijah Bowick is probably the area’s top wideout, Drake Maye looks the part and Moose Muhammad and Andre Francois are elite receivers who power this big-play offense. The defense, led by a cache of its own stars, is allowing six points per game. The Mustangs are very, very good in all facets.
3. Charlotte Catholic (2-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 3
This week: at Ardrey Kell (0-3)
I was wrong when I wrote last week the Cougars would steamroll Country Day and kudos to the Bucs and their coach, Drew Witman. They led Catholic 3-0 for much of the first three quarters before Catholic’s size wore them down and pulled away late. I thought this team was an elite point-scoring club, but so far the Cougars have been far from it. But, and this is a big but, the defense is one of the best in the city and has frankly kept the Cougars in a few games they maybe shouldn’t have been in.
4. Butler (1-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 4
This week: Richmond (2-1)
The Bulldogs got a week to prepare for Richmond, who comes in 2-1 and off a 28-0 shutout of Pine Forest. The Raiders average nearly 37 points per game, so they will test the Butler defense, but Butler has won four in a row in this series and seven of eight games between the two regional powers. Expect Butler to prevail, but if it becomes a shootout, the Raiders may have a chance.
5. Charlotte Latin (2-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 6
This Week: Woodberry Forest (0-0)
The Hawks move up a spot after dismantling the Carolina Pride in a 50-0 blowout win last week. Charlotte Latin won nine games last season and is trending in that direction again. The Hawks may be a little bit under-appreciated in a league that was supposed to be one of the state’s best with Christian and Providence Day, but they are the defending Division II champs and proving to be a really good football team. The Hawks lead the series against Woodberry 1-0, winning 28-21 last year.