No. 4 Hough (6-1, 2-1 MECKA 8) at No. 14 A.L. Brown (6-1, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
After losing 38-21 to No. 1 Mallard Creek last week, Hough saw its unbeaten season end but not its hopes for a league title. To get at least a share of that, Hough must win in Kannapolis and then root for the Wonders – who have won six straight games – to upset Mallard Creek next week on the road.
Country Day (4-3, 0-0 CISAA) at Charlotte Christian (7-0, 1-0), 7 p.m.
Country Day for homecoming? Bold choice. Christian tailback Elijah Deveaux, who missed last week’s win over Carolina Pride, has 102 carries for 735 yards and eight scores. Christian can win a share of the league title with a win.
No. 1 Mallard Creek (7-0, 3-0 MECKA 8) at Vance (5-2, 2-1), 7 p.m.
Mallard Creek’s Jaylan Samuels is having a monster season, and with starting QB Emiere Scaife out for the season (ankle), Samuels’ role in the offense will be even larger. He has 40 carries for 601 yards and 13 touchdowns and 25 catches for 438 yards and seven touchdowns. Vance has won four of its past five games.
No. 3 Butler (6-2, 3-0 Southwestern 4A) at Rocky River (7-1, 3-0), 7 p.m.
Both teams are tied for first place, just ahead of Porter Ridge (5-2, 2-0). Butler RB Benny LeMay missed last week’s win over Myers Park, but the Bulldogs have won four straight. Rocky River has won seven straight. In the past four weeks, the Ravens have allowed only 20 points.
Olympic (5-2, 2-1 SoMeck 8) at No. 7 West Mecklenburg (6-1, 2-1, 7 p.m.
Both teams are tied with South Meck (2-5, 2-1) and Providence (4-3, 2-1) for second place behind Charlotte Catholic (5-2, 3-0). West Meck bounced back from a 31-27 upset loss to Providence with last week’s 35-10 win over South Meck. Olympic had a four-game win streak snapped in last week’s 55-21 loss to Catholic.
Hibriten (7-0, 3-0 Northwestern 4A/3A) at Watauga (6-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Hibriten is tied with Freedom (6-1, 3-0) atop the league standings. Watauga lost 41-34 in overtime to Freedom last week and this week, Watauga must slow a Hibriten offense that has scored 39 or more points every week and averages 50.42 points per game.
No. 12 Burns (7-0, 4-0 South Mountain Athletic 3A/2A) at Shelby (6-2, 5-0), 7:30 p.m.
Shelby, a 2A school, leads Burns and Crest (6-1, 4-0) by a half-game in the league standings. Shelby has also won five in a row since losing to 3A powers Asheville Reynolds and South Point.
Of particular interest
1 Brandon Cureton, Nation Ford: Two-way S.C. star has four interceptions, eight pass breakups and 19 total tackles on defense. He averages 17 yards on kick returns and has caught 34 passes on offense for a team-high 783 yards and seven touchdowns.
2 Victory Christian: The reigning Division III private school champs have an impressive trio of juniors: QB Jordan Lane (86-156, 1,388 yards, 10 TDs) and RB Josh Allen (164-1,186, 10 TDs) are over 1,000 yards and receiver Michael Holmes (33-545, 3 TDs) is on his way there, too.
3 Josh Crawford, Highland Tech: rushed for 137 yards and a score, had five tackles and pass interception in last week’s 13-9 win over Pine Lake Prep. Highland Tech won its first conference game in school history and snapped a 28-game losing streak.
Central Academy’s “Sack-Masters”
Monroe’s Central Academy is 3-4 overall but has two of the best pass rushers in the area. Naim Donaldson has 12.5 sacks among his 55 tackles and one fumble recovery. Teammate DeShawn Morrison has 9 sacks among his 87 tackles. Eight Central Academy players have at least two sacks.
Charlotte-area football flexes its muscle – again
This week’s N.C. Associated Press media polls has a definite local flavor. In 4A, Mallard Creek is No. 1, Butler No. 4, Hough 6th and West Meck 8th. In 3A, Belmont’s South Point is No. 2, Concord No. 6 and Gastonia Forestview No. 9.
North Meck’s Robbie Quinlan is man of all seasons
North Meck’s Robbie Quinlan, an International Baccalaureate student, already has a much heavier homework load than the average student. Still, he finds time to be the starting goalie on the soccer team, the starting punter for the football team and one of the Vikings’ two kickers. In the winter, he wrestles, too.
Games at 7:30, unless noted (*denotes highlights on WCNC, Channel 36 tonight at 11:13).
Alexander Central at Statesville
Berry at Harding, 7
Bessemer City at Pine Lake Prep
Burns at Shelby
Butler at Rocky River, 7
Carson at Concord
Central Academy at West Stanly
Central Cabarrus at South Rowan
Charlotte Catholic at South Mecklenburg, 7
Charlotte Country Day at Charlotte Christian, 7
Charlotte Latin at Cannon
Chatham Central at South Stanly
Cherryville at Highland Tech
Cuthbertson at Weddington
East Burke at Crest
East Gaston at Ashbrook
East Lincoln at Newton Conover
East Rutherford at Draughn
Garinger at Independence, 7
Hibriten at Watauga
Hickory at St. Stephens
Hickory Ridge at Northwest Cabarrus
Hopewell at West Charlotte, 7
Hough at A.L. Brown
Hunter Huss at Lake Norman Charter
Jay M. Robinson at North Mecklenburg, 7
Kings Mountain at R.S. Central
Lincolnton at Bunker Hill
Maiden at Bandys
Mallard Creek at Vance, 7
Metrolina Christian at Davidson Day
Mooresville at North Lincoln
Mount Pleasant at Monroe
Myers Park at Porter Ridge
North Gaston at Chase
North Iredell at South Iredell
North Moore at Albermarle
North Rowan at West Davidson
North Stanly at West Montgomery
Olympic at West Mecklenburg, 7
Parkwood at Forest Hills
Patton at Fred T. Foard
Piedmont at Anson Senior
Providence at Ardrey Kell, 7
Providence Day at Rabun Gap Nacoochee (GA)
Salisbury at Lexington
South Caldwell at Freedom
SouthLake Christian at Trinity Christian
South Point at Forestview
Sun Valley at Marvin Ridge
Thomas Jefferson Academy at Community School of Davidson
West Caldwell at West Lincoln
West Iredell at Lake Norman
West Rowan at East Rowan
Indian Land at Central
Lancaster at Clover
Nation Ford at York
Northwestern at Fort Mill
South Pointe at Rock Hill
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