Observer high school football games of the week:
No. 7 Charlotte Catholic (7-1, 4-0 SoMeck 8) at No. 10 West Mecklenburg (7-1, 4-0), Friday, 7: Each team has won seven straight games and they are tied for first place atop the conference standings. This game could decide the champion.
No. 2 Butler (8-1, 4-0 Southwestern 4A) at Porter Ridge (5-3, 2-1), Friday, 7:30: Butler can win at least a share of the conference title with a victory. Porter Ridge can win at least a share by pulling an upset Friday and then beating East Meck and Rocky River.
No. 5 Mallard Creek (6-2, 3-1 MECKA) at No. 16 A.L. Brown (6-2, 2-1), Friday, 7:30: Both teams are still alive for the MECKA championship with one league loss, the same as Vance (7-1, 2-1) and Hough (5-3, 2-1).
No. 8 Charlotte Latin (8-0, 2-0) at No. 6 Charlotte Christian (8-0, 1-0), Friday, 7: Charlotte Christian has shut out three teams this season and allows about 13 points per game. Charlotte Latin, in a rematch of the state semifinal game last season, hopes to test the Knights with an offense, led by QB Bates Jones, averaging more than 42 points per game. And if Latin wins, it’s the outright league champ.
Charlotte Country Day (2-5, 0-2 CISAA) at Providence Day (3-5, 0-1), Friday, 7: Country Day was a yard away from upsetting league favorite Charlotte Christian last week. Providence Day had a bye. The winner of this game likely gets the fourth and final NCISAA playoff seed.
Hunter Huss (5-3, 4-0 Big South) at Stuart Cramer (6-2, 3-1), Friday, 7:30: After an 0-3 start, Huss has won five straight and leads the league. Stuart Cramer got 111 yards from Kaiser Kayton and 93 from Jaylen Rocquemore in a 54-25 victory over North Gaston last week that set a school-record for wins.