Mallard Creek Takes Over Top Spot

As expected, Mallard Creek is the new top squad in North Carolina and also made its way into the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. Fresh off a win against previous No. 1 Butler and a solid Sun Valley team, the Mavericks check in at No. 41 in the nation.

Without further ado, here's how the state rankings shake out after two weeks of play (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 2-0 (2)

With big win against Butler and a follow-up victory against Sun Valley, the Mavericks are the top dog in NC. And they could distance themselves even more Friday at Berry Academy.

2. Butler (Matthews) 1-1 (1)

After opening loss to Mavericks, Butler bounced back with big, 70-6 win against Olympic. Next up: Bye week followed by Vance on Sept. 9.

3. Richmond (Rockingham) 2-0 (3)

Raiders looked good in first two games, outscoring opponents 114-27. Next up: Anson on Friday.

4. Greensboro Page 2-0 (5)

Won big in first two games, including 35-4 victory against Northern Guilford. Next up: High Point Central on Friday.

5. Scotland (Laurinburg) 2-0 (9)

Lived up to hype surrounding squad, totaling 74 points in first two contests. Next up: Marlboro County (S.C.) on Friday.

6. Southern Durham 2-0 (8)

Showed mettle in last week's 35-32 win against Middle Creek; faces big road test on Friday against Jack Britt.

7. Jack Britt (Fayetteville) 1-1 (4)

Lost heartbreaker in overtime to Lumberton, but has a chance to bounce back with Friday's contest against Southern Durham.

8. Wake Forest-Rolesville 1-1 (6)

Fake field goal doomed against East Wake in 20-17 loss. Don't count out the Cougars, though, who will seek redemption against Northern Durham on Friday.

9. A.L. Brown (Kannapolis) 2-0 (Unranked)

Wonders have looked, well, wonderful, thanks to Damien Washington, who has scored seven (!) touchdowns in their first two games. Next up: Rocky River on Friday.

10. Berry Academy (Charlotte) 2-0 (Unranked)

The Cardinals survived a scare last week, mounting a 16-10 comeback win against East Meck. Just how solid this team and the duo of Germone Hopper and Nick Dawson are will surface in Friday's big game against Mallard Creek.

Dropped out of Top 10: No. 7 West Rowan (Mount Ulla) 1-1, No. 10 Hillside (Durham) 1-1

On the Bubble: AC Reynolds (Asheville), Burns (Lawndale), Cary, Charlotte Catholic, Crest (Shelby), Garner, Hillside (Durham), Independence (Charlotte), Leesville Road, Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem), New Bern, Northwest Guilford (Greensboro), Porter Ridge (Indian Trail), Ragsdale (Jamestown), Southeast Raleigh, Tarboro, Wakefield (Raleigh), West Rowan (Mount Ulla)

Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.