Sweet 16 No. 4 Hough vs. Sun Valley, 5:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium: It may be tough to pass on Hough, which has several Division I defensive backs, including Mark Fields, a South Carolina commit, and Corey Bell (North Carolina). The Huskies have also added former West Meck star Van Smith, a defensive back committed to Clemson. This is the debut for new Hough coach Miles Aldridge, who has more than 30 years experience in high schools, college and the NFL. Sun Valley debuts its third coach in three seasons, and Tad Baucom has quite a schedule. Six of his first seven games are on the road. Sun Valley has only four home games all year.
Sweet 16 No. 1 Mallard Creek vs. Charlotte Christian, Memorial Stadium: This one will kick off about 30 minutes after Hough-Sun Valley and is a rare matchup of public and private school teams from Mecklenburg County. Charlotte Christian, the two-time N.C. 3A Independent Schools champion, has the states second longest win streak at 19 games. Nationally ranked Mallard Creek has the third-longest streak at 16 games. Mallard Creek won the N.C. 4AA state championship last season. Both teams are favored to repeat as champions this season. Its a good test for both.
Langston Wertz Jr.
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