Top area matchups
Independence (6-3, 3-1 Southwestern 4A) at No. 13 Rocky River (8-1, 4-0)
Now, every one of you who have predicted Rocky River would be leading the conference by itself – and be seriously threatening to become the first team not named Butler or Independence to win this league since the ’90s – raise your hand. Now, everyone not named Rocky River coach Jason Fowler put your hand down. If Rocky River wins, it gets at least a share of the league title. It would also get a first win over Independence. Last season, Independence played at Rocky River and won 34-33 when a two-point conversion pass by Rocky River late in the game initially looked good but was ultimately called incomplete.
Providence Day (6-3, 0-2 CISAA) at No. 8 Charlotte Christian (9-0, 2-0)
On Senior Night, Charlotte Christian will try to polish off a perfect regular-season, win the conference championship and likely secure the No. 1 seed and home field advantage for the N.C. Independent Schools Division I playoffs which begin next week. Providence Day, which has lost two of its last three games, tries to play spoiler.
Charlotte Country Day (5-4, 1-1 CISAA) at Charlotte Latin (8-1, 1-1)
Both of these teams are pulling for rival Providence Day to upset Christian Friday? Why? If that happens, the winner can get a share of the league title.
South Mecklenburg (3-6, 3-2 SoMeck 8) at Providence (6-3, 4-1)
Despite losing two of its last three, South Meck still has an outside shot at a league title. Providence, which has won four in a row, can get a share of it by winning Friday and next week at Charlotte Catholic (7-2, 5-0).
No. 1 Mallard Creek (9-0, 5-0) at JM Robinson (0-9, 0-5)
Robinson has scored 27 points in five league games. Mallard Creek has allowed 28, but we include this matchup because Mallard Creek can win a share of the league title and the league’s top playoff seed with a win.
Burns (9-0, 6-0 South Mountain Athletic) at No. 5 Crest (8-1, 6-0)
With two games left, the teams are tied for first one game ahead of Shelby (6-3, 5-1). Winner gets a share of the title.
No. 15 South Iredell (8-1, 4-1 North Piedmont 3A/4A) at Mooresville (8-1, 5-0)
All Mooresville has to do win the outright title is beat the reigning 2AA state champions (who have moved up a class) this week and beat Lake Norman and amazing QB Josh Ladowski next week. At least both games are at home.
Of particular interest
1 Jared Lee, Forest Hills: Once upon a time, Forest Hills was 0-4, looking dead in the water. So how did the Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-0 Rocky River) turn their season around, ending up tied for first plae with Monroe? Try Lee. He has rushed for 948 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s thrown for 959 yards and eight touchdowns. He also averages 40.3 yards per punt.
2 Albert Funderburke, Sun Valley: Star running back has rushed for 1,646 yards and 14 touchdowns. This week, he picked up a college offer from Northwestern.
3 North-South Game: Seven Observer-area players will play in the 2013 North-South S.C. All-Star game Dec. 14 in Myrtle Beach: Northwestern’s Jaquavious Mackey and Raydon McCloud, York’s Ryan Moore, Indian Land’s Manny McCord, South Pointe’s Josh Massey and Anthony Johnson and Nation Ford’s Riley Hilton8-.
Union Academy punter leads North Carolina
Union Academy’s Aharon Gonzales leads the state with an amazing 51.28 yards per punt averages. And it’s no fluke. Gonzales has 25 punts and a long of 79.
More study urged on youth concussions
A new study from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council says there are “big gaps” in what’s known about the risks of concussions in youth sports, especially for athletes who play before high school. The Institute is calling for a national system to track sports-related concussions.
The panel’s report claims among those 19 and younger, 250,000 were treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other sports- or recreation-related brain injuries in 2009. In 2001, that number was 150,000. For male athletes, concussions were most frequent in football, ice hockey, lacrosse and wrestling. For females, it was soccer, lacrosse and basketball. And those numbers may be low.
Despite a decade of increasing awareness of the seriousness of concussions, the panel found young athletes still face a “culture of resistance” to reporting the injury and staying on the sidelines until it’s healed. The panel also found evidence, including testimony from a player accused by teammates of wimping out, that athletic programs’ attention to concussions varies.
Games at 7:30, unless noted
Albermarle at Union Academy
Alexander Central at West Iredell
Anson Senior at Marvin Ridge
Ashbrook at Lake Norman Charter
Bandys at West Lincoln
Bessemer City at Highland Tech
Bunker Hill at Newton Conover
Burns at Crest
Cannon at Wake Christian
Central Cabarrus at East Rowan
Charlotte Catholic at Ardrey Kell, 7
Charlotte Country Day at Charlotte Latin
Community School of Davidson at Cherryville
Cox Mill at West Rowan
Cuthbertson at Sun Valley
Davidson Day at Victory Christian
East Burke at Chase
East Rutherford at R.S. Central
Forest Hills at Central Academy
Freedom at St. Stephens
Hickory at Watauga
Hickory Ridge at Carson
High Point Christian at Hickory Grove
Hough at North Mecklenburg, 7
Hunter Huss at Forestview
Independence at Rocky River, 7
Kestrel Heights at Metrolina Christian
Lincolnton at West Caldwell
Maiden at East Lincoln
Mallard Creek at Jay M. Robinson
Monroe at West Stanly
Myers Park at Garinger, 7
Northwest Cabarrus at Concord
North Iredell at Lake Norman
North Lincoln at Statesville
North Rowan at Thomasville
North Stanly at South Stanly
Northern Wake at SouthLake Christian
Olympic at Harding, 7
Parkwood at Mount Pleasant
Patton at Hibriten
Pine Lake Prep at Thomas Jefferson Academy
Porter Ridge at East Mecklenburg, 7
Providence Day at Charlotte Christian, 7
Q Foundation at Robbinsville
Shelby at Draughn
South Caldwell at Fred T. Foard
South Iredell at Mooresville
South Mecklenburg at Providence, 7
South Point at North Gaston
South Rowan at Central Davidson
Vance at Hopewell, 7
Weddington at Piedmont
West Charlotte at A.L. Brown
West Davidson at Salisbury
West Mecklenburg at Berry, 7
Westminster Catawba at First Assembly
Buford at Indian Land
Fort Mill at Clover
Lancaster at Rock Hill
Northwestern at Nation Ford
South Pointe at York
Westminster Catawba at First Assembly
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