No. 9 Butler (7-3, 4-1 Southwestern 4A) at Independence (7-3, 4-1): As usual, this game will decide the Southwestern 4A conference championship, or at least a portion of it. Butler has won five of six. Independence has won three in a row, including a win against Rocky River on Friday that forced a four-way tie for first place.
Rocky River (8-2, 4-1 Southwestern 4A) at Porter Ridge (7-3, 4-1): Rocky River lost a chance at an outright championship Friday but should be plenty angry and motivated to at least get a share. Porter Ridge has won of its past five games and can win a share of what is generally considered the state’s toughest conference in the Pirates’ first year in it. That would be quite a feat.
No. 15 Mooresville (9-1, 6-0 North Piedmont 3A/4A) at Lake Norman (8-2, 6-0): Lake Norman will try for its first conference title in the school’s 11-year history. Lake Norman QB Josh Ladowski had 101 yards rushing and three scores in Friday’s 50-21 win against North Iredell. He threw for 176 yards and two scores. Lake Norman has won seven straight. Mooresville has won eight straight games and only allowed 17 points in the past three.
Providence (7-3, 5-1 SoMeck 8) at No. 8 Charlotte Catholic (8-2, 6-0): Catholic has won six in a row to arrive at a familiar position: a conference championship game. Providence, however, has surprised under first-year coach Justin Hardin, rebounding from a 2-3 start to win five straight. Providence can claim a share of the league title with a win.
Forest Hills (5-5, 4-0 Rocky River 2A) at Monroe (8-2, 4-0): At one point, Forest Hills was 1-5. But the Yellow Jackets have won four in a row and will face arch-rival Monroe for the league title. Monroe started 3-2, but has won five straight under longtime coach Johnny Sowell.
Langston Wertz Jr.
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