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Charlotte-area high school football games of the week

Charlotte Country Day (1-0) at Charlotte Catholic (2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: One of Mecklenburg County’s oldest and best rivalries was always played for the Cook Cup, in homage to legendary Country Day coach John Cook. With Catholic’s Jim Oddo retired, the teams now fight for the Oddo-Cook Cup.

Vance (2-0) at Richmond Senior (2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Years ago, Mecklenburg teams scheduled Richmond to play one of the state’s top teams and hopefully get ready for the playoffs. Now, it’s reversed. Three of Richmond’s six nonconference games are against Mecklenburg teams.

Providence Day (1-1) at Davidson Day (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: The Chargers will try to stop Davidson Day’s high-octane offense, which doesn’t seem to have missed a beat despite graduating All-America quarterback Will Grier, the best player in school history. The Patriots average 44 points per game.

A.L. Brown (1-1) at Weddington (2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: A good nonconference battle between regional powers. Brown won 7-0 last season. Weddington is working toward its fifth straight winning season.

West Charlotte (1-1) at Harding (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: This could be the best battle of the bands at halftime you’ll see all year. On the field, this bitter and longtime Westside rivals always seem to raise their level of play for each other, and each is coming off big wins – West Charlotte against West Meck and Harding against Garinger.

Rock Hill South Pointe (2-0) vs. York (2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Two hot teams with legitimate South Carolina championship hopes hook up early.

East Lincoln (2-0) at North Lincoln (2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: North is 2-0 for the first time since 2004. It would love to go 3-0 for the first time ever and knock archrival East Lincoln out of the unbeaten ranks at the same time.

Langston Wertz Jr.

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