The Mavericks have been nationally recognized all season and now have cracked the top 10 in Sports Illustrated's national high school football power rankings.
Mallard Creek (13-0) moved up one spot to No. 10 with a easy win over Myers Park on Friday night.
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The Mavericks rang up 35 points during a nine-play span in the second half, putting the game out of reach.
2011 Channel 9 "Big 22" player of the year candidate Jela Duncan rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's win.
The Mavericks will travel to Greensboro Page on Friday night for a chance to play for the state championship. Page came from behind to beat Butler, the two-time defending 4AA state champions, 40-26, eliminating any chance of a rivalry renewal between the Bulldogs and the Mavericks.
Gaffney, S.C., is ranked No. 3 in SI's power rankings. Gaffney (13-0) moved up one spot after defeating Dorman 33-3 Friday night. Gaffney will play Boiling Springs Friday night for a chance to play for the state title.
To see SI's top 10 national high school football teams, click here.