Thursday, August 31, 2023

Week 3 Carolina Gridiron Rankings: Shifting Dynamics and Noteworthy Rises Across Classifications

As the North Carolina high school football season gains momentum, the Week 3 Carolina Gridiron rankings have unveiled significant shifts and impressive climbs among the top fifteen teams across all four classifications. This comprehensive overview delves into the updated standings, highlighting notable movements that have taken place since Week 2.

4A Classification: Grimsley Maintains Dominance Amidst Changes

In the 4A classification, the Whirlies of Grimsley continue to assert their dominance, securing the top position for yet another week. A noteworthy development, however, is the upward movement of Mallard Creek, which surged from 6th place in Week 2 to 3rd place in Week 3. A close loss to nationally ranked top-five Buford was impressive enough for the Mavericks to move up the rankings.

The Week 3 rankings for the 4A classification are as follows:

1. Grimsley

2. Weddington

3. Mallard Creek

4. East Forsyth

5. Charlotte Catholic

6. Hough

7. Cardinal Gibbons

8. New Bern

9. Independence

10. West Forsyth

11. Mooresville

12. Chambers

13. Butler

14. Rolesville

15. Millbrook

3A Classification: Crest Ascends to the Summit, Dudley's Swift Rise

Shifting our attention to the 3A classification, Crest High School emerges as the new front-runner, surpassing Kings Mountain for the number one spot after the Chargers’ Week 2 win over county rival, and top 2A contender, Burns. An intriguing development in this classification is the notable surge of the Dudley Panthers, who jumped five spots this week after an impressive 57-0 win last Friday night. 

The Week 3 rankings for the 3A classification are as follows:

1. Crest

2. Kings Mountain

3. Dudley

4. Seventy-First

5. Northern Nash

6. East Lincoln

7. South Point

8. AC Reynolds

9. Havelock

10. West Charlotte

11. Scotland

12. Eastern Guilford

13. Eastern Alamance

14. Rose

15. West Henderson

2A Classification: Clinton and Salisbury Surge, Reidsville Holds Strong

Transitioning to the 2A classification, Reidsville maintains its formidable position at the top, showcasing consistent excellence and a willingness to take down any competition regardless of classification. Meanwhile, Clinton and Salisbury have executed impressive jumps, moving to the 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, from their previous standings after taking down formidable competition last week.

The Week 3 rankings for the 2A classification are as follows:

1. Reidsville

2. Clinton

3. Salisbury

4. East Duplin

5. Northeastern

6. Burns

7. Monroe

8. Forest Hills

9. Whiteville

10. Shelby

11. Bunker Hill

12. Maiden

13. Chase

14. James Kenan

15. Edenton Holmes

1A Classification: Mount Airy Continues Reign, Starmount Makes an Impact

Lastly, in the 1A classification, Mount Airy remains steadfast in its position at the top, displaying unwavering dominance. The Vikings of Tarboro are right on the Granite Bears’ heels, however. A team to keep an eye on this week is Starmount as the Rams’ remarkable rise from unranked in Week 2 to 13th place this week shows a team cementing its place in the 1A rankings early in the season.

The Week 3 rankings for the 1A classification are as follows:

1. Mount Airy

2. Tarboro

3. Robbinsville

4. Mitchell

5. Swain

6. Eastern Randolph

7. Andrews

8. Draughn

9. Thomasville

10. Northampton

11. Murphy

12. Hayesville

13. Starmount

14. Mountain Heritage

15. Mountain Island

As the North Carolina high school football season progresses, these rankings provide valuable insights into the evolving landscape of competition, showcasing both consistency and surprises within each classification. The impressive jumps by various teams emphasize the dynamic nature of the sport and the potential for underdogs to make their mark. With each passing week, fans can anticipate more thrilling matchups and captivating developments on the gridiron.