No. 3 Hough (6-0, 2-0 MECKA 8) at No. 1 Mallard Creek (6-0, 2-0): This will be Mallard Creeks first big test since losing QB Emiere Scaife to ankle surgery for the season. The Mavericks, however, are playing inspired football. In their past four games, Mallard Creek has scored at least 52 points. Hough has never beaten Mallard Creek, but will take on the best team in school history in Fridays showdown. Hough averages 45.5 points per game.
Olympic (5-1, 2-0 SoMeck 8) at No. 11 Charlotte Catholic (4-2, 2-0): These teams almost always seem to play for a conference title. As usual, this game will go a long way toward determining the first SoMeck champ. Olympic has won four in a row since losing 21-8 to Independence. Catholic has won two straight since droppng games to No. 2 Rock Hill Northwestern and No. 1 Mallard Creek in a three-week stretch.
South Mecklenburg (2-4, 2-0 SoMeck 8) at No. 8 West Mecklenburg (5-1, 1-1): After a disappointing 0-4 start, South Mecklenburg is in the thick of the league title race. West Meck must bounce back from a huge upset loss at Providence on Friday.
Freedom (5-1, 2-0 Northwestern) at Watauga (6-0, 2-0): Both teams are enjoying special seasons and will get a big test. Freedom has won three in a row since a 24-6 loss to Sweet 16 No. 11 Burns. The Patriots have pretty much handled their remaining opponents. Watauga has allowed only 50 points all season. Pioneers QB Aaron Dobbins threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns in Fridays 48-10 win over Fred T. Foard.
No. 9 Rock Hill South Pointe (4-2, 1-1 Region III 4A) at Nation Ford (5-1, 2-0): Nation Ford rolled to an easy 42-19 win over Lancaster, holding the Bruins to 88 yards rushing in 30 attempts. South Pointe, which likely lost suspended starting QB Tay Blake for the season, was shut out by rival Northwestern on Friday and cannot afford a second conference loss.
Langston Wertz Jr.
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