No. 3 Hough (6-0, 2-0 MECKA 8) at No. 1 Mallard Creek (6-0, 2-0), 7 p.m.
Mallard Creek has given up zero points in two conference games and only 38 points all season. Hough, playing the biggest game in school history, has only allowed 13 points in two conference games. Offensively, both teams are explosive. Hough is averaging 45 points per game and Mallard Creek averages 48. Hough has never beaten the Mavericks, who will play the remainder of the season with backup QB James Smith, who has completed 15-of-27 passes for 266 yards and four scores and rushed five times for 47 yards and three more scores.
Olympic (5-1, 2-0 SoMeck 8) at No. 11 Charlotte Catholic (4-2, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte Catholic hasn’t lost a conference game since 2009, when Olympic beat the Cougars 21-14 in a ME-GA 7 league battle. Since winning the last two Rocky River 2A games in 2003, Catholic is 57-1 in league play, a streak that dates back 10 years. In fact, the Cougars have won 25 straight league games. Now, in the new SoMeck 8, Catholic is trying to keep its run going. Olympic has won four in a row since losing 21-8 at Independence Sept. 6. The Trojans are averaging 42 points per games in their five wins.
South Mecklenburg (2-4, 2-0 SoMeck 8) vs No. 8 West Mecklenburg (5-1, 1-1) at Waddell, 7 p.m.
South Meck has beaten Harding and Berry on consecutive Fridays by a pretty convincing combined score of 93-30. Are the Sabres really ready to challenge for an improbable conference title? They should get a good idea Friday trying to handle what should be a pretty angry West Meck bunch. The Hawks had their perfect season ruined in what stands as the area’s upset of the year last week, falling 31-27 at Providence.
Charlotte Country Day (4-2) at Davidson Day (6-0), 7 p.m.
A year ago, Country Day beat Davidson Day 56-15. The Bucs led 42-6 at halftime. It was one of the worst offensive performance in Davidson Day’s school history. Now the Patriots get a rematch at home.
Freedom (5-1, 2-0 Northwestern 4A/3A) at Watauga (6-0, 2-0)
In a three-game win streak, Freedom is scoring 48 points per game. Watauga is off to its best start since 2006 when the Pioneers started 8-0 and finished 12-3, losing 21-0 to West Charlotte in the fourth round of the playoffs.
West Rowan (4-2, 2-1 South Piedmont 3A) at Central Cabarrus (5-1, 2-1)
West Rowan was upset 28-21 by Carson last week. Central fell 63-50 to Concord. Neither team can afford another loss if it wants to remain in the league championship race.
Of particular interest
1 Kenny Purvis, Central Cabarrus: Has rushed for 815 yards and 10 touchdowns the past two weeks.
2 A.L. Brown, Rocky River: Both teams will be favored Friday – Brown vs. J.M. Robinson; Rocky River vs. East Meck – but cannot look ahead to showdowns next week at Mallard Creek (Brown) and with Butler (Rocky River).
Mecklenburg County players dominate N.C. Shrine Bowl team
The N.C.-S.C. Shrine Bowl all-star game rosters were announced Thursday and they have a heavy Mecklenburg County flavor. Forty N.C. players were picked; 11 are from Charlotte. Seven players were picked from the Observer’s coverage-area outside of Mecklenburg County, including three players on the 40-man S.C. team.
Six players from the N.C. team play in the same SoMeck 8 conference: Shaun Wilson, Jalan McClendon, West Meck; Bentley Spain, Providence; Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic; Robert Dinkins, Olympic; Cayson Collins, Berry. The North Carolina stars will play their South Carolina counterparts Dec. 21 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg. Since the first Shrine Bowl game in 1937, more than $75 million hs been raised for the Shriners Hospitals. South Carolina leads the all-time series 43-29-4.
Mecklenburg County picks: Stephen Askew, LB, Mallard Creek; Cayson Collins, Berry; Robert Dinkins, DL, Olympic; Dominique Heath, Hopewell; Elijah Hood, RB, Charlotte Catholic; Cameron Mattison, DB, Mallard Creek; Jalan McClendon, QB, West Meck; Jacob McCreary, OL, Hough; Bentley Spain, OL, Providence; Isaac Stewart, LB, Butler; Shaun Wilson, RB, West Meck;
Area picks: Tyler Bray, South Point; MyQuon Stout, DL, Carson; Tre’Shaun Wynn, Monroe; Hasaan Klugh, QB, Central Cabarrus; Zeke Rodney, DL, Rock Hill South Pointe (S.C.); Mason Rudolph, QB, Rock Hill Northwestern (S.C.).; Corey Seargent, DB, Rock Hill Northwestern
Complete roster is at http://prepinsiders.blogspot.com
Games at 7:30, unless noted
A.L. Brown at Jay M. Robinson
Alexander Central at Mooresville
Ardrey Kell at Harding, 7
Ashbrook at South Point
Bandys at Lincolnton
Bunker Hill at East Lincoln
Carolina Pride at Charlotte Christian
Charlotte Country Day at Davidson Day
Charlotte Latin at Providence Day
Community School of Davidson at Bessemer City
Concord at Cox Mill
Crest at Kings Mountain
Draughn at East Burke
East Davidson at Salisbury
East Montgomery at North Stanly
East Rowan at Northwest Cabarrus
Forest Hills at Mount Pleasant
Forestview at North Gaston
Fred T. Foard at Hibriten
Freedom at Watauga
Garinger at Porter Ridge
High Point Christian at Westminster Catawba
Hough at Mallard Creek, 7
Hunter Huss at East Gaston
Lake Norman at South Iredell
Lexington at North Rowan
Maiden at West Caldwell
Marvin Ridge at Cuthbertson
Monroe at Central Academy
Myers Park at Butler, 7
North Lincoln at North Iredell
North Mecklenburg at Hopewell, 7
North Moore at Union Academy
Olympic at Charlotte Catholic
Piedmont at Sun Valley
Pine Lake Prep at Highland Tech
Providence at Berry, 7
Rocky River at East Mecklenburg, 7
R.S. Central at Chase
St. Stephens at Patton
Shelby at East Rutherford
South Caldwell at Hickory
South Mecklenburg vs West Mecklenburg @Waddell, 7
South Rowan at Carson
South Stanly at South Davidson
Thomas Jefferson Academy at Cherryville
Weddington at Anson Senior
Vance at West Charlotte, 7
Victory Christian at Metrolina Christian
West Iredell at Statesville
West Lincoln at Newton Conover
West Montgomery at Albermarle
West Rowan at Central Cabarrus
West Stanly at Parkwood
Chesterfield at Indian Land
Clover at Northwestern
Rock Hill at Fort Mill
South Pointe at Nation Ford
York at Lancasterasd
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