LNP’s Great Eight Poll



1. HOUGH (1-0)

The Huskies were dominant from the start, and scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the season. There were a few bumps in the second half, but Hough was never seriously threatened in a 13-point victory against Providence on the road. Tylan Murrell flashed excellent moves in his debut at running back (192 yards).

This week: No. 6 Mooresville




The shocker wasn’t Davidson Day winning at Albemarle High; it was the 61-6 score. The two-time reigning state champs likely won over some skeptics by handily beating an established Class 1A power among public schools. How good are you when you can commit seven turnovers and still win that easily?

This week: North Raleigh Christian




The Mustangs extended their winning streak to 17 with a 37-22 victory at East Gaston. They gained 406 yards behind quarterback Chazz Surratt, who ran for four scores and 174 yards, and passed for 132 yards and a touchdown. Damarius Valentine rushed for 91 yards. Sounds like the offensive line is in top form.

This week: Q Foundation




The Hawks crushed East Mecklenburg 69-0 in the opener, proving their nine-win season last year wasn’t a fluke. Shaun Wilson (running back) and Jalan McClendon (quarterback) are among Mecklenburg County’s top offensive players. If the Hawks maintain a consistent defensive effort, it could be a landmark season.

This week: West Charlotte




The Eagles won by forfeit when Westminster Catawba Christian pulled the plug on the season opener. So, SouthLake’s first true game this season will be a rematch of last season’s state championship. Same opponent. Same field. The Eagles this time are hoping for a different result.

This week: at Victory Christian




The Blue Devils  rallied for a 35-21 victory against West Rowan, which has won 10 or more games nine straight seasons. A few more impressive victories will make last year’s four-win season seem like a distant memory. Mooresville tackles another tough foe (Hough High) on the road this week.

This week: at No. 1 Hough




7. HOPEWELL (1-0)

Coach Matt Jenkins’ debut was a 55-0 coast against overmatched Garinger. It no doubt helped the Titans’ confidence, but now they’re stepping up in class the next three weeks. Hopewell won by shutout for the first time since midway through the 2010 season. This could be the lake area’s surprise team.

This week: Lake Norman




The Knights showed plenty of resolve rallying from an 18-point deficit to beat the Carolina Pride 21-18. Neil Baugh and Kodi Moses combined for three rushing touchdowns, including Moses’ winning 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. The defense pitched in with two interceptions and a sack.

This week: at High Point Christian


- Cliff Mehrtens