Charlotte-area high school football games of the week:
Providence (2-0) at No. 4 Myers Park (2-0), Friday, 7: After a dominant victory over Country Day to start the season, the Mustangs had to scramble to avoid a big upset against Ardrey Kell last week. Myers Park is discovering that life as a league and playoff favorite is a little different than before. Providence is off to its best start in 12 years.
No. 16 Weddington (1-0) at Porter Ridge (2-0), Friday, 7:30: A big Union County rivalry resumes. The teams haven’t played since 2012, when Weddington won 7-0.
Charlotte Catholic (2-0) at Charlotte Country Day (0-1), Friday, 7:30: The annual battle for the John Cook Cup is one of the area’s best rivalries and always turns up a big crowd. After a bye week, Country Day hunts its first points of the season against a Catholic defense that has allowed 14 points in two games.
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No. 11 Harding (2-0) at West Charlotte (1-1), Friday, 7:30: One of the county’s oldest rivalries resumes, and normally fans are talking about the schools’ electric bands. This year, the football is good, too. Harding looks like a league favorite, and West Charlotte gave No. 5 West Meck a fight before losing last week.
Hunter Huss (2-0) at Clover (2-0), Friday, 7:30: Hunter Huss has shut down Morganton Patton (49-20) and Cox Mill (33-0). The Huskies’ defense get a big test Friday in South Carolina. Clover has outscored teams 97-31 this season.
Langston Wertz Jr.