Mallard Creek (1-0) vs. Butler (1-0) at Providence, 7 p.m. Friday: The top two teams in the area meet for the sixth time in four years. Nationally ranked Mallard Creek has won three of the first five. These two have played for the right to go to the state championship the past two seasons.
Rock Hill Northwestern (0-1) at Charlotte Catholic (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Good matchup been N.C. and S.C. powers. Northwestern comes off a 30-22 loss to S.C. 4A power Byrnes. Catholic stopped Providence Day 35-23 in its opener Saturday.
Victory Christian (0-0) at SouthLake Christian (1-0): This is a rematch of the 2012 and 2013 N.C. Independent Schools Division III championship games. SouthLake won in 2013. Victory Christian won in 2012.
West Mecklenburg (0-1) at West Charlotte (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday: One of the city’s oldest rivalries renews with both teams needing a win. The teams didn’t play during 2006-08, but their will meet for a sixth straight season. West Charlotte has won three of the past five, but West Meck has won the past two.
Hough (1-0) at Mooresville (1-0): Teams expected to make deep playoff runs meet in a key early-season game that should attract a big crowd. Mooresville’s Akease Rankin ran 19 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-21 win against West Rowan.
Langston Wertz Jr.
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