Charlotte Catholic, Richmond bolster standing in Week 9 NC football rankings

Results as of Saturday, Oct. 15

Sophomores aren't supposed to play like Elijah Hood did in last Friday's big game between Charlotte Catholic and Berry Academy. Too bad for Berry Academy that Hood didn't get that memo.

The Cougars running back continued his impressive campaign, rushing for 179 yards and four touchdowns to push his team to a 48-26 win in MEGA 7 play. The effort was enough to overcome 187 all-purpose yard by Berry Academy receiver/kick returner Germone Hopper and position the Cougars for a conference title showdown in the season finale against Olympic.

Meanwhile, Richmond looked like its old self after an up-and-down two weeks. The Raiders knocked off previously undefeated Lumberton, forcing three late turnovers to pull out the 27-22 win.The outcome also revives the intrigue surrounding the season finale between Richmond and No. 4 Scotland on Oct. 28.

Nationally, Mallard Creek and Butler both moved up one spot in this week's POWERADE FAB 50, with the Mavericks taking over the No. 21 slot and the Bulldogs now at 35th.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Mallard Creek (Charlotte) 8-0 (1)

Mavericks easily took care of Hopewell by the score of 65-6. Next up: West Charlotte.

2. Butler (Matthews) 7-1 (2)

After trailing 10-7 early, the Bulldogs reeled off 35 straight points in 42-10 win against Providence. Riley Ferguson threw for five touchdowns. Next up: South Mecklenburg.

3. Greensboro Page 8-0 (3)

The Pirates put together their best offensive output of the season, blanking Southern Alamance, 70-0. Next up: Dudley.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly North Carolina football rankings.