Ardrey Kell (3-1, 0-0 SoMeck 8) vs. No. 5 West Mecklenburg (5-0, 0-0) at Berry, 7 p.m.
Both teams had byes last week and should be well-rested for the game of the night in Mecklenburg County. Ardrey Kell has very quietly won three straight games after dropping its season opener 24-7 to 3A Weddington. The Knights began the season playing three Union County opponents in their first four games. Is that the recipe to get ready for Charlotte football? They find out Friday night taking on a fast-rising West Meck team that is averaging 59.5 points per game.
Providence (2-2, 0-0 SoMeck 8) at Olympic (3-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.
Providence plays its third straight game on the road after winning at Myers Park Sept. 12. The Panthers were off last week. Olympic QB Rod Tinsley threw for three scores and ran for another in last weeks 49-6 win over East Mecklenburg. Other than a 21-8 loss to Independence, Olympic is averaging 51.6 points in its wins.
Harding (3-0, 0-0 SoMeck 8) at South Mecklenburg (0-4, 0-0), 7 p.m.
Its been a tough year for the Sabres, who have been outscored 162-25. This is the Sabres third straight home game. Harding, off to its best start in six seasons, is allowing only 10.6 points per game. The Rams are led by interim coach Walter Aikens, the former defensive backs coach who was named to the head just a few weeks before the team began playing. At this pace, hes going to be a front-runner for some postseason coach of the year awards.
Hopewell (1-3, 0-0 MECKA 8) at No. 3 Hough (4-0, 0-0), 7 p.m.
One of the countys most passionate rivalries renews. Hopewell opened the season with a 55-0 win over Garinger, but has given up 161 points in its last three games against Lake Norman, Mooresville and Olympic. Hough looks like one of the states top teams and comes off last weeks signature 28-27 win over 4A power Independence.
Davidson Day (5-0) at Marvin Ridge (1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Marvin Ridge is allowing 31 points per game and that includes a 70-6 win over 0-3 Pender. The Mavericks will have to try to slow down one of the nations most prolific offenses. Davidson Day is third in the nation in scoring (284 points) and sixth in pass yards (1,829).
No. 8 Charlotte Christian (4-0) at Liberty Christian, VA (4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Liberty Christian, from Lynchburg, Va., has scored at least 38 points in all but one of its wins to start the year. That includes a 43-28 win at Providence Day last week. The Bulldogs average nearly 400 yards offense per game. Christians defense has been stellar this season, allowing just 37 points in four weeks. The average margin of victory in the Knights past three games is 38.3 points.
Of particular interest
1 Jaylen Samuels, Mallard Creek: N.C. State commit averages 18 yards per catch and an amazing 21 yards per rush for the Mavericks, ranked No. 1 in the Sweet 16. Mallard Creek. The Mavericks host West Charlotte Friday night.
2 Albert Funderburke, Sun Valley: Talk about a hot player. Funderburk was held to less than 50 yards rushing in his first game, a 28-19 loss to Charlotte Christian. Since then, Funderburke has run wild. He has 1,026 yards in five total games to lead the state in rushing. He ranks 12th in the nation. Sun Valley hosts Union County rival Monroe Friday.
3 West Mecklenburg: In 25 years of covering high schools around here, I cannot ever remember the Hawks being ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press N.C. 4A top 10 poll. But thats where West sits now, behind Scotland County and No. 1 Mallard Creek.
Former South Meck star Spencer Shuey wins national award
Former South Meck linebacker Spencer Shuey, now at Clemson, won the Lott IMPACT player of the week award. Sponsors will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Clemson in Shueys honor. Shuey, 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, had 11 tackles and fumble recovery in Clemsons 26-14 win over N.C. State. Shuey is also a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll student.
Carolina Prides Ryan Jernigans huge game
Last Saturday, Carolina Pride, a local home school team, beat the Virginia Disciples 12-6. Ryan Jernigan had 25 tackles and now has 70 through five games. He plays defensive tackle and linebacker.
Games at 7:30, unless noted (*denotes highlights on WCNC, Channel 36 tonight at 11:13).
Albermarle at South Davidson
Alexander Central at Lake Norman
Ardrey Kell vs. West Mecklenburg (at Berry), 7
Ashbrook at Cuthbertson
Berry at Charlotte Catholic
Burns at East Burke
Carson at Mount Pleasant
Charlotte Christian at Liberty Christian (VA)
Charlotte Latin at Asheville School
Cherryville at Parkwood
Christ School at First Assembly
Community School of Davidson at Walkertown
Concord at East Rowan
Cox Mill at Northwest Cabarrus
Crest at R.S. Central
Davidson Day at Marvin Ridge
Draughn at Chase
East Gaston at South Point
East Lincoln at Bandys
East Mecklenburg at Independence, 7
Fred T. Foard at Freedom
Garinger at Butler, 7
Harding at South Mecklenburg, 7
Harrells Christian at Cannon
Hickory at Patton
Hickory Ridge at Central Cabarrus
Hopewell at Hough, 7
Hunter Huss at North Gaston
Lake Norman Charter at Forestview
Lincolnton at West Lincoln
Maiden at Bunker Hill
Monroe at Sun Valley
Mooresville at Statesville
New Covenant at Providence Day
Northeast Prep at SouthLake Christian
North Iredell at West Iredell
North Mecklenburg at A.L. Brown
North Moore at North Stanly
North Rowan at Forest Hills
Piedmont at Central Academy
Providence at Olympic, 7
Q Foundation at Atkins
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (GA) at Thomas Jefferson Academy
Ravenscroft at Charlotte Country Day
Richmond Senior (Co.) at Anson Senior
Rocky River at Myers Park, 7
St. Stephens at Watauga
Shelby at Kings Mountain
South Caldwell at Hibriten
South Iredell at North Lincoln
South Rowan at West Rowan
Union Academy at South Stanly
Vance at Jay M. Robinson
Village Christian at Metrolina Christian
West Caldwell at Newton Conover
West Charlotte at Mallard Creek, 7
Fort Mill at South Pointe (SC)
Lancaster at Northwestern
McBee at Indian Land
Nation Ford at Clover
Rock Hill at York
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