Let me drop some knowledge on you...
If you thought you had the high school football season figured out, guess again. One big upset and one team returning to championship contention status has thrown some conference races into a serious RACE.
Let's start with the upset...
East Meck beats Butler 10-7 on a last second field goal
Before the season, I said East Meck would be a team to watch this year. I must admit, I wasn't thinking they would beat Butler on a rainy Friday night on a late Christian Thomas field goal.
Even if the Bulldogs were without some key starters and reserves, you have to give coach Barry Shuford and his young Eagles credits for doing something they have not done since 2001.
East is still playing a lot of juniors and sophomores and are currently 3-4. Those 3 victories are the most the Eagles have had in a single season in the last 6 years.
But with that win, they can start to think about something even bigger... like a conference title.
The Southwestern 4A is COMPLETELY up for grabs now. At 1-1 in league play, the Eagles now join Rocky River and Butler, who are also 1-1.
Myers Park is 1-0. Independence is 2-0 in league play after a less than stellar non conference record of 2-3.
Bottom line, this is going to be a tight race to the finish and things could end up like they did in 2013 when Rocky River and Butler split the title and 4 teams had a shot to win the championship on the final Friday of the regular season.
All of this because of the big win this past Friday by East Meck.
A.L. Brown beats Vance 31-14 this past Monday
I hesitate to call this an upset for 2 reason. One, the tradition of A.L. Brown had to give you confidence that they would eventually figure out this 4A puzzle and begin to compete with the larger schools. This program has long been one of the greats in our area as a yearly threat to win the 3A title when they were 3A.
And number 2, they are coach by one of the best in Mike Newsome. Let's not forget, he coached Butler to back to back 4AA state titles in 2009 and 2010 and led a Bulldog squad that eventually was able to break Independence's streak of 7 straight conference titles. The guy can coach y'all.
As one of the smaller 4A schools in the state, depth to compete with the likes of Mallard Creek, Vance, and Hough has been an issue for the Wonders since their move from 3A to 4A in 2013.
A.L. Brown is averaging 40 points per game and the defense is only giving up 10 per contest. Both of those stats are the best it has been since their move to the highest classification in North Carolina.
At 6-0, the Wonders are off to their best start since 2005.
At 2-0 in league play, they are tied with Mallard Creek at the top of the MECKA 4A.
They step out of conference this week to take on Robinson but in 2 weeks, they host 5-1 Hough before that October 23rd match up with 6-1 Mallard Creek.
Three very important weeks for A.L. Brown as they look to get back to conference and state championship contention status, but Monday's win certainly has everyone on notice that the Wonders are back.
Don't look now, but here comes Forestview
Three weeks ago, it looked like Forestview was heading for a terrible season as they were 1-3.
But after a bye week, they have won 2 straight conference games and find themselves in a familiar spot-- tied for 1st in the Big South Conference with South Point at 2-0.
Syracuse commit Moe Neal has been nothing short of spectacular this season as he has rushed for almost a thousand yards at 906 and has 12 TD.
This past Friday, they also got a big contribution from Trell McCaskill at RB as he had 86 yards and 2 TD.
This team is starting to figure some things out and at the right time as they try to repeat as conference champs.
Friday, they are at the surging North Gaston Wildcats who are 1-1 in league play. That could be a trap game as the very next week, they host South Point in a game that could decide the conference title.
Mad props to coach Chris Medlin and the Jaguars for getting off the canvas and coming back fighting in conference play.
October 16th could be a big Friday
Speaking of trap games, a lot of teams will be on upset alert this Friday as next Friday's slate of games could be the best in a very long time.
It is very rare that you have a middle of the season week where there are 6 games matching teams with at least a 3-0 record in conference/region play. October 16th has that potential if everyone takes care of their business this week. And then you got rivalry games like Mallard Creek at Vance and Cuthbertson at Weddington. I can't wait until October 16th, but first things first.