Jack Britt reversed its downward trend in the polls with a 42-28 win against Southern Durham, while Charlotte Catholic debuted in the polls. The Cougars have looked strong in their three wins, leading some to believe that this year's bid for a 3AA title won't end prematurely as it did in 2010.
(Last week's rankings in parentheses)
1. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 3-0 (1)
After thunderstorms pushed their contest to Tuesday, the Mavericks turned a 7-0 lead into a 42-18 win against Berry Academy, further strengthening their hold on the top spot. Next up: a bye week, followed by a Sept. 16 tilt against Mooresville, which ended West Rowan's 46-game win streak earlier this year.
2. Butler (Matthews) 1-1 (2)
Bulldogs return from bye week for home matchup against Vance on Friday.
3. Richmond (Rockingham) 3-0 (3)
Raiders have breezed through their first three games, averaging 53 points per contest after a 45-20 win against Anson. A road matchup against South View is up next.
4. Greensboro Page 3-0 (4)
The Pirates have also looked unbeatable, outscoring opponents by an average of 40-10 following last week's 45-9 victory over High Point Central. Their first test could come at 3-0 Ragsdale this Friday.
5. Scotland (Laurinburg) 3-0 (5)
Have looked solid in first three games, but a test of the Fighting Scots' mettle will come Friday when it hosts No. 7 Jack Britt.
6. A.L. Brown (Kannapolis) 3-0 (9)
The Wonders continue to be just that behind the ridiculously productive Damien Washington, who now has nine touchdowns in three games. A tough Porter Ridge squad is up next.
7. Jack Britt (Fayetteville) 2-1 (7)
The Buccaneers recovered in a big way last week, beating Southern Durham. A move back up the rankings could be in the cards should they be able to knock off Scotland on Friday.
8. Charlotte Catholic 3-0 (Unranked)
The Cougars, who didn't lose until the 3AA semifinals last year, have earned their way into the rankings, outscoring opponents 109-35. After Friday's win over Charlotte Country Day, the Cougars face another rival in Charlotte Latin.
9. Wake Forest-Rolesville 2-1 (8)
After a tricky loss to East Wake, the Cougars looked like their old selves in a 37-19 win against Northern Durham. Next up: Southeast Raleigh.
10. Southern Durham 2-1 (6)
The Spartans were tripped up by Jack Britt last week, but have time to recover in a contest against Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) before facing defending 4A champ Hillside.
Dropped out of top 10: No. 10 Berry Academy 2-1
On the bubble: Asheville, Berry Academy (Charlotte), Burns (Lawndale), Douglas Byrd (Fayetteville), Garner, Havelock, Hillside (Durham), Hoggard (Wilmington), Independence (Charlotte), Leesville Road (Raleigh), Lumberton, Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem), Middle Creek, New Bern, Northwest Guilford (Greensboro), Porter Ridge (Indian Trail), Ragsdale (Jamestown), Southeast Raleigh, South Point (Belmont), West Rowan (Mount Ulla)
Brandon Parker covers North Carolina for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.