Vance wins showdown with Mallard Creek in North Carolina Spring High School Football Opener

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Had the North Carolina High School Athletic Association allowed football last fall, Friday night’s season opening spring showdown between defending 2019 Class 4AA champ Vance and Mallard Creek would have been a Top 100 battle. Prior to the postponement of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Vance was ranked No. 44 in the High School Football America 100 preseason national rankings and Mallard Creek was ranked No. 88.

Read: Preseason 2020 High School Football America 100

Friday night, made a major statement on defending its title with a 27-7 victory on MC’s home turf. Vance jumped-out to a 20-0 lead and never looked back.

The game was the first for new Mallard Creek head coach Kennedy Tinsley, who took-over for Mike Palmieri, who led the Mavs to three high school football state championships before taking over Denmark High School in Georgia last year.

Stadium Project: Mallard Creek High

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.