No. 8 Independence (3-1) at No. 3 Hough (3-0), Friday, 7: Hough had the week off and Independence struggled offensively for the second straight week in falling to West Mecklenburg. Hough is ranked at the highest spot in the Sweet 16 in school history but has never beaten Independence.
No. 9 Charlotte Christian (3-0) at Monroe (3-1), Friday, 7:30: Christian has already beaten a neighboring Union County school this season in Sun Valley, a 3A public school, and now takes on 2A Monroe, which lost to 3A Weddington on Friday.
No. 5 Butler (2-2) at Richmond Senior (4-0), Friday, 7:30: Richmond has scored at least 37 points in each of its games, but the Raiders’ defense hasn’t been as stout as usual. The past three opponents have scored 30 or more points. Butler fell behind 25-0 to Mount Tabor (3-1) and lost 25-19 after trailing 25-0. It’s been a while since Butler has lost two in a row.
Porter Ridge (3-1) at Sun Valley (2-2), Friday, 7:30: One of Union County’s best rivalries renews. These teams used to be conference opponents in the Southern Carolina 3A/4A; now they meet in nonconference play. Two of the area’s top running backs also will meet: Sun Valley junior Albert Funderburke and Porter Ridge senior Jerrick Robbins.
No. 4 South Point (4-0) at Asheville Reynolds (3-1), Friday, 7:30: South Point rolls up the mountain averaging 42 points per game. Since a 28-0 loss to West Forsyth to start the year, Reynolds, a traditional power, has won three straight, averaging about 50 points per game. The win streak includes victories against Shelby (49-42) and South Caldwell (50-7).
Langston Wertz Jr.
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