No. 1 Vance (5-0, 0-0 MECKA) at A.L. Brown (4-1, 1-0), Fri, 7:30: Vance moved into the top spot in the Sweet 16 last week but had a bye Friday. This will be the Cougars’ first game since moving to No. 1. A.L. Brown, which beat North Meck 35-12, looks for the upset. The Wonders beat Vance 31-14 last season.
East Mecklenburg (4-2, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) at No. 2 Butler (5-1, 1-0), Fri, 7: Butler has won four in a row and has one of the region’s most potent offenses. The Bulldogs average nearly 40 points per game. East Meck will look to RB Khamal Howard to run well and keep Butler off the field. East Meck upset Butler 10-7 last season.
Providence (2-3, 1-0 SoMeck 8) at No. 15 West Mecklenburg (4-1, 1-0), Fri, 7: After starting 0-3, Providence has gotten healthy and won two in a row, including an upset of East Meck. West Meck has four in a row since nearly upsetting No. 1 Vance to start the season.
No. 16 Lincolnton (5-0, 1-0 SD7) at East Lincoln (5-0, 1-0), Fri, 7:30: Lincoln County’s biggest high school football rivalry renews with big stakes as the teams are tied atop the conference and are the two favorites to win it. And East Lincoln star WR Sage Surratt transferred to Lincolnton before the season.
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No. 8 Davidson Day (4-1) at Northside Christian (4-1), Fri, 7: Northside Christian is trying to re-establish its football program under coach Greg Tally, and the Knights have averaged 40.25 points in their wins. The job Friday is to slow down a Patriots team averaging 47 points per game and riding a four-game win streak.
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