A.L. Brown (4-1, 1-0 MECKA 8) at Vance (4-1, 1-0), 7 p.m.
This is the first meeting, according to Observer records, between the schools. A.L. Brown beat North Meck 30-14 last week to earn its first 4A conference win since 1988, the last time the Wonders played in a 4A league. Now, Brown tries for two 4A wins in a row against a Cougars’ team that is a blown lead at Richmond Senior from being unbeaten.
No. 8 Charlotte Christian (5-0, 0-0 CISAA) at Charlotte Latin (5-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Hawks haven’t won a conference game since 2011 and will face the reigning Division I state champions at home. Charlotte Christian rallied to beat previously unbeaten Liberty Christian (Va.) last week 32-31. In the final 71 seconds, the Knights got a 60-yard punt return for a score and an interception -- in Christian territory -- to seal an improbable win.
Charlotte Country Day (3-1) at Weddington (4-1), 7:30 p.m.
Can the Bucs do it again? Country Day beat public school power Durham Hillside two weeks ago, in Durham, when Hillside was the No. 10-ranked 4A team in North Carolina. Weddington, a 3A school, doesn’t have a lofty ranking like that, but the Warriors have won two straight since a 7-0 loss to 4A A.L. Brown and beat 4A Ardrey Kell 24-7 to start the season.
Providence Day (4-2) at SouthLake Christian (5-0), 7 p.m.
SouthLake was the Division III private school state runner-up last season. Providence Day was runner-up in Division I. SouthLake gets a chance to beat one of the big-time N.C. private school state powers at home. SouthLake is averaging 45.2 points in its five wins.
No. 2 Rock Hill Northwestern (5-0, 1-0 Region III 4A) at No. 6 Rock Hill South Pointe (4-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
South Pointe will play without QB Davonta Blake, who was arrested Tuesday for selling marijuana. He faces six total drug charges. He had run for 254 yards and threw for 912 in five games. Without Blake, South Pointe will try its best to keep All-America QB Mason Rudolph and Northwestern’s high-powered offense off the field.
No. 14 Central Cabarrus (5-0, 2-0 South Piedmont) at Concord (5-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
Two of the state’s top running backs face off in this crucial conference game. Concord’s Rocky Reid has 118 carries for 1,120 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, which ranks second in the state. Central Cabarrus’ Kenny Purvis ran for 507 yards last week. That’s second in state history.
Of particular interest
1 Parkwood senior Sam Mobley: Mobley had four touchdowns, including a 60-yard punt return, in last week’s 53-3 win over Cherryville. Parkwood improved to 3-3 and has won more games this season than in the past three. From 2010-12, Parkwood was 2-29..
2 North Rowan: North Rowan is 6-0 for the first time since 1994. The Cavaliers, ranked No. 1 in the N.C. 2A Associated Press media poll, beat Forest Hills 34-7 on the road Friday. QB Jareke Chambers, a junior, had two touchdown runs and two touchdown passes. He finished with 124 yards passing and 137 rushing. Chambers single-handedly outgained Forest Hills, which had 93 yards rushing and 63 passing..
3 Vance’s 3-headed monster: The Cougars are one of the hottest teams in the area, thanks to a power-run attack led by O’Quan Bratton (450 yards, three scores), Kydian Green (71-454, 8) and Donovan Spencer (54-444, 2).
Country Day’s Thomas Jackson off to hot start
Country Day’s Thomas Jackson has 1,000 yards total offense and 10 touchdowns in five games. He has 137 yards rushing with four touchdowns; 351 yards receiving with four touchdowns; and he has 512 total return yards.
Central Cabarrus’ Purvis nearly breaks state rushing record
Central Cabarrus’ Kenny Purvis rushed 30 times for 507 yards in a 63-26 win over Hickory Ridge last week. Published reports originally had Purvis with 477 yards but school officials, using game film, confirmed the number as 507. That’s the second-highest single game total in state history and the most ever by an Observer-area performer. Northern Guilford’s T.J. Logan holds the state record of 510. He set the mark in the 2012 state championship game against Charlotte Catholic.
Sun Valley’s Brian Teutonico is a “hit-man”
Sun Valley senior Brian Teutonico, a linebacker, is third in the state in total tackles (85). He averages 14.2 for Sun Valley. Mount Pleasant’s Tyler Rawson ranks fifth in total tackles (80) and averages 16 per game.
Games at 7:30, unless noted (*denotes highlights on WCNC, Channel 36 tonight at 11:13).
A.L. Brown at Vance, 7
Bandys at West Caldwell
Bessemer City at Forestview
Butler at East Mecklenburg, 7
Central Cabarrus at Concord
Charlotte Catholic at Harding, 7
Charlotte Christian at Charlotte Latin
Charlotte Country Day at Weddington
Chase at Crest
Cox Mill at South Rowan
East Burke at Shelby
East Gaston at Lake Norman Charter
East Lincoln at Lincolnton
East Rutherford at Burns
East Rowan at Hickory Ridge
Fayetteville Christian at Westminster Catawba
First Assembly at Hickory Grove
Freedom at Hickory
Garinger at Rocky River, 7
Hibriten at St. Stephens
Independence at Porter Ridge
Jay M. Robinson at Hough, 7
Kings Mountain at Draughn
Mallard Creek at Hopewell, 7
Marvin Ridge at Cuthbertson
Metrolina Christian at High Point Christian
Mooresville at North Iredell
Mount Pleasant at Northwest Cabarrus
Newton Conover at Maiden
North Gaston at Ashbrook
North Lincoln at Alexander Central
North Stanly at Chatham Central
Olympic at Ardrey Kell, 7
Patton at South Caldwell
Pine Lake Prep at N. Raleigh Christian
Providence Day at SouthLake Christian
Ravenscroft at Cannon
Salisbury at SE Guilford
South Iredell at West Iredell
South Mecklenburg at Berry, 7
South Point at Hunter Huss
South Stanly at East Montgomery
Statesville at Lake Norman
Thomas Jefferson Academy at Highland Tech
Union Academy at West Montgomery
Watauga at Fred T. Foard
West Charlotte at North Mecklenburg, 7
West Lincoln at Bunker Hill
West Mecklenburg at Providence, 7
West Rowan at Carson
West Stanly at Piedmont
Clover at Rock Hill
Fort Mill at York
Indian Land at Cheraw
Lancaster at Nation Ford
Northwestern at South Pointe
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