1. Charlotte Christian (6-0)
Previous Ranking: No. 1
This Week: at Metrolina Christian (5-2)
Garrett Shrader accounted for nearly 300 yards of offense (231 passing, 62 rushing) and threw a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another as the Knights rolled Country Day 42-0. Henry Rutledge and JB Awolowo each hauled in touchdown catches. Josh Eboboko gained 93 yards of offense and added a touchdown. The Knight defense has still allowed just seven points through six games, and this team continues to shine on both sides of the ball. Metrolina has a sound running game and will likely be able to move the ball, but this Knights team probably won’t be tested all season.
2. Charlotte Catholic (6-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 3
This week: at Piedmont (2-5)
The Cougars have made back-to-back statements that they are back and reign supreme over Union County football after a 28-7 beatdown of Sun Valley. This week, the Cougar defense limited all-American quarterback Sam Howell to seven points as Brian Jacobs (14 tackles), Liam Barbee (12 tackles) and Kevin Coss (two sacks) dominated up front. LaMagea McDowell took the bulk of the carries and delivered with three rushing scores. Piedmont will offer little resistance as their one-dimensional run offense should not pose much of a threat. The Cougars keep getting better and better.
3. Providence Day (4-3)
Previous Ranking: No. 4
This week: at Country Day (4-3)
Two weeks ago, the Chargers were completely out of the Super 7 rankings after their miserable 0-3 start, but now they find themselves back near the top after four consecutive convincing wins. Last week, Cody Cater and the Providence Day offense got right in a 77-0 victory over winless Christ the King, keeping everyone on the same page. Defensively, this team hasn’t allowed a point over its last six quarters, so they’re definitely finding their way.
This week, they get Country Day, who has been tough of late. The defense must stop the Bucs run game, but if they can earn another win will have the Chargers flying high.
4. Butler (5-2)
Previous Ranking: No. 5
This week: Independence (4-3)
Myers Park had the Butler game circled on its calendar to start this season, but so did the Bulldogs after the Mustangs ended their season in the playoffs last year. Butler came out firing in all facets and re-established themselves as the team to beat in the conference. This week, they face their old rivals in the Patriots, who come in 4-3 and in much better shape than in years past. Still, the Bulldogs have won 12 of 13 in the series with Independence (the Patriots won in 2014) and beat them 49-6 last year. Expect another easy win for a Butler team just now rounding into form.
5. Myers Park (6-1)
Previous Ranking: No. 2
This Week: at Hickory Ridge (4-3)
No score surprised me more than Myers Park’s 39-22 loss to Butler. Not only did the previously unbeaten Mustangs lose, but it was the way that it happened: allowing 39 points after giving up 34 in the first six weeks, plus all the undisciplined unsportsmanlike penalties. Coach Scott Chadwick has done a great job turning the Mustangs into a powerhouse, and he doesn’t stand for that, so I’d imagine Myers Park will be ready to go this week. Hickory Ridge has been OK this season, but the Bulls have been especially good on defense, where they allow just 14 points per game. But, I’d bet most anything I have the Mustangs will be prepared and play near flawless football in this one.
6. Charlotte Latin (5-2)
Previous Ranking: No. 6
This Week: Christ School (6-1)
The Hawks dominated Covenant Day last week, holding the Lions to all of 79 yards of total offense, including 11 rushing yards on 31 attempts. Offensively, Carter Stockwell (20 carries, 169 yards, TD) and Javaris Bufford (20 rushes, 129, 3 TDs) controlled the ground game while Jake Helfrich threw for 195 yards including a touchdown to Andrew Sumichrast (four catches, 84 yards). This week will be a different animal with Christ School. The Greenies have won five straight and rely heavily on strong-armed quarterback Navy Shuler, the son of former NFL player Heath Shuler. Navy Shuler has thrown for 2,690 yards and 32 touchdowns already this season.
7. Country Day (4-3)
Previous Ranking: No. 7
This week: Providence Day (5-3)
Rylan McLaurin, Twan Flip and Quentin Cooper combined for 135 rush yards last week against Charlotte Christian. Against most defenses, this wouldn’t raise an eyebrow, but against the Knights, this is big and shows the Bucs can move the ball on the ground against anyone. They’ll have to do it this week against Providence Day, who comes calling this week as one of the hottest teams around. A Bucs win could signal a changing of the guard, but the Chargers should be able to get their fifth-straight win.
Also receiving votes: Independence (4-3), Rocky River (3-4)
– Andrew Stark