Nationally-ranked Mallard Creek and Hough pick-up Wednesday night wins in North Carolina

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Hurricane Florence is messing with this week’s North Carolina high school football schedule, but the short week didn’t mess-up the strong start to the season by Mallard Creek and Hough, two teams that are firmly inside the High School Football America 100 national rankings. With both teams playing Wednesday night to avoid the impending bad weather, both seemed to be well prepared with few less days of practice.

Related: North Carolina Scoreboard

Mallard Creek (3-0), the top team in our North Carolina Top 10 and ranked No. 30 in the nation, rolled over Harding University 52-7. Defending state champ Harding (0-5) began the season ranked No. 89 in the Top 100, but has had a rough start without star running back Quavaris Crouch, who missed his fourth straight game Wednesday night.

The Mavericks were led by quarterback Casey Kelly, who tossed five touchdown passes. Kelly, who is the younger brother of Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly, is leading an offense that is averaging 55 points a game this year.

Hough, No. 68 in our national rankings, beat Ardrey Kell 38-6 with Kennique Bonner-Steward throwing two TD passes.


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