A.L. Brown (4-1, 1-0 MECKA 8) at Vance (4-1, 1-0): Since a 33-20 season-opener loss to Concord, coach Mike Newsome’s Wonders have won four straight games, averaging more than 30 points in the wins. A.L. Brown beat North Meck 30-14 on Friday, earning its first 4A conference win since 1988, the last time Brown was in the state’s largest class. Vance has won three straight since a tough loss at Richmond Senior. The Cougars, who beat Concord Robinson 47-7 on Friday, are averaging 51.3 points in the win streak.
Charlotte Christian (5-0, 0-0 CISAA) at Charlotte Latin (5-0, 0-0): Latin didn’t win a single conference game last season and no one around the Hawks can remember the last time that happened. But coach Larry McNulty’s team is off to another hot start. Christian rallied to beat previously unbeaten Liberty Christian (Va.) on Friday, 32-31, getting a 60-yard punt return and an interception in the final 71 seconds. After Friday, the winner will be the only unbeaten team in a very strong conference.
Central Cabarrus (5-0, 2-0 South Piedmont) at Concord (5-0, 3-0): The Cabarrus County rivals are two of three conference unbeaten teams, along with West Rowan. Central Cabarrus plays West Rowan at home Oct.11. Central Cabarrus must try to slow Concord star Rocky Reid, who had 247 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries against East Rowan. Likewise, Concord must try to stop Central’s Kenny Purvis. On a night where Central honored its 1973 conference championship team, Purvis ran for a school-record 477 yards and six touchdowns.
Rock Hill Northwestern (5-0, 1-0 Region III 4A) at Rock Hill South Pointe (4-1, 1-0): Nationally ranked Northwestern didn’t have three starters in the secondary for Friday’s 34-0 win against Lancaster, because of injuries. Northwestern’s defense still wasn’t bad, allowing 97 rushing and 72 passing yards. South Pointe used a no-huddle offense – which may be a new wrinkle for this week’s big game – to great effect in a 52-14 win against Fort Mill on Friday. This is the game of the year in Rock Hill.
Charlotte Country Day (3-1) at Weddington (4-1): Two weeks ago, Country Day beat N.C. 4A power Durham Hillside in Durham, and now tries to beat another strong public school team. Weddington, in the 3A class, has won two straight since a 7-0 loss to A.L. Brown.
Langston Wertz Jr.
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