Thursday, September 7, 2023

Week 4 Carolina Gridiron Rankings Unveiled: Teams Rise and Competitions Intensify

In the ever-evolving landscape of North Carolina high school football, Week 4 brings forth an intriguing mix of stability and dynamic change as the Carolina Gridiron rankings for all four classifications are revealed. This comprehensive report delves into the updated standings and highlights any notable surges or shifts since Week 3.

4A Classification: Grimsley Maintains Control, Two Groups of Mavericks in Top Spots

In the 4A classification, Grimsley continues to exert its dominance, securing the top spot with an impressive 3-0 record. While Grimsley maintained its position with authority, Mallard Creek, Weddington, and East Forsyth remain right on their heels. Cleveland makes their first appearance of the season and Marvin Ridge joins the Top 15 after an impressive last-minute win over Ardrey Kell.

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

  1. Grimsley
  2. Mallard Creek
  3. Weddington
  4. East Forsyth
  5. Cardinal Gibbons
  6. Hough
  7. Butler
  8. Charlotte Catholic
  9. New Bern
  10. Chambers
  11. Rolesville
  12. Mooresville
  13. Marvin Ridge
  14. West Forsyth
  15. Cleveland

3A Classification: Crest Maintains Top Spot, West Charlotte Surges

Transitioning to the 3A classification, Crest continues to hold the pole position, showcasing their strength with a 3-0 record. Both the Chargers and county rival Kings Mountain fended off ranked 2A in-county opponents this past Friday. Meanwhile, West Charlotte made a significant move, advancing from the 10th spot in Week 3 to a formidable 7th place in Week 4 after a win over Charlotte rival Independence.

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

  1. Crest
  2. Kings Mountain
  3. Dudley
  4. Northern Nash
  5. East Lincoln
  6. Seventy-First
  7. West Charlotte
  8. Havelock
  9. Eastern Guilford
  10. Eastern Alamance
  11. AC Reynolds
  12. South Point
  13. Scotland
  14. Western Alamance
  15. Northwest Cabarrus

2A Classification: Reidsville Leads, Clinton and Salisbury Impress

In the 2A classification, Reidsville maintains its stronghold at the top, demonstrating consistency with a 3-0 record. Clinton and Salisbury, however, have made significant strides, with Clinton securing the 2nd spot and Salisbury firmly planting itself in 3rd place after both teams had impressive wins this past week. The Princeton Bulldogs climbed into the rankings this week after an impressive 3-0 start to the season.

The Week 4 rankings for the 2A classification are as follows:

  1. Reidsville
  2. Clinton
  3. Salisbury
  4. Northeastern
  5. East Duplin
  6. Monroe
  7. Forest Hills
  8. Whiteville
  9. Bunker Hill
  10. Chase
  11. Edenton Holmes
  12. Nash Central
  13. Burns
  14. Princeton
  15. Shelby

1A Classification: Mount Airy Leads, Starmount Shines

Lastly, in the 1A classification, Mount Airy maintains its top-tier status with an unblemished 3-0 record while most of the top five remain the same. Starmount is the standout mover this week, rising from 13th place in Week 3 to a top ten spot.

The Week 4 rankings for the 1A classification are as follows:

  1. Mount Airy
  2. Tarboro
  3. Robbinsville
  4. Swain
  5. Mitchell
  6. Eastern Randolph
  7. Andrews
  8. Draughn
  9. Thomasville
  10. Starmount
  11. Hayesville
  12. Murphy
  13. North Rowan
  14. Northampton
  15. Polk

As the North Carolina high school football season unfolds, these rankings serve as a compass, guiding us through the intricate web of competition. The remarkable jumps by various teams illustrate the dynamic nature of the sport, where dedication and talent can yield substantial rewards. With each passing week, the anticipation of electrifying matchups and unforeseen developments on the gridiron continues to build, making the high school football season an exhilarating journey for players and fans alike.