No. 1 Mallard Creek (3-0) at No. 5 Rock Hill South Pointe (3-1), Friday, 7:30: After playing S.C. powers Duncan Byrnes and Dillon and N.C. power Butler, Mallard Creek had a week off. Now, the Mavericks return to their killer schedule by playing at the 2015 S.C 3A state champs. South Pointe, which moved up to 4A this year, lost 28-23 at private St. Frances (MD) last week.
No. 2 Butler (3-1) at No. 9 Hough (3-1), Friday, 7: Both teams come off tight wins Friday decided by the kicking game. A bad snap helped Butler beat Richmond Senior 42-41. The Raiders were unable to attempt a potential game-winning field goal. Hough’s Damon Early caught a touchdown pass in overtime from Jackson Gibbs and after Ardrey Kell scored a touchdown on its possession, Hough blocked the game-tying point after attempt to win.
No. 13 Myers Park (4-0) at No. 16 Sun Valley (4-0), Friday, 7:30: Both teams are enjoying special seasons. Myers Park is off to its best start since 1983. Sun Valley is off to its best start since 1978. Myers Park beat Sun Valley 31-24 at home last season.
North Davidson (4-0) at No. 6 Charlotte Christian (4-0), Friday, 7: North Davidson is ranked No. 11 in the Carolina Preps N.C. 4A poll and is averaging 42 points per game. Christian, a private school power, is looking for its first win over a 4A public school. In Charlotte, only Charlotte Latin and Charlotte Country Day have done that in history.
West Lincoln (3-1) at Lincolnton (4-0), Friday, 7:30: West Lincoln has shut out its last two opponents and has won three straight since dropping its season opener 27-14 to Draughn. To extend the winning streak, it’ll have to shut down a Wolves offense that has topped 60 points twice in four games and averages 51.
Langston Wertz Jr.