No. 1 Hough (8-1, 4-0) at No. 16 North Mecklenburg (7-2, 3-1), 7
This one is simple: If Hough wins Friday, it wins a share of its first conference championship. If North Meck wins, it will play Mallard Creek next week for the league title. North Meck is enjoying its best season in nearly 10 seasons. The Vikings are coming off last week’s 20-14 win over Vance, which dropped the Cougars from the Sweet 16 as North Meck joined the poll.
Providence Day (6-3, 2-0 CISAA) at Charlotte Christian (6-3, 2-0), 7
If North Mecklenburg is Mecklenburg County’s No. 1 surprise team this season, Providence Day and first-year coach Adam Hastings are 1A. After two sluggish seasons, the Chargers have come out of nowhere to win five straight. They can win the league title Friday and likely get a No. 1 seed for the playoffs. But so can the Knights, the three-time defending state champions.
South Mecklenburg (7-2, 3-2 SoMeck 8) at Providence (5-4, 4-1), 7
The Sabres are playing for playoff position. Providence still has a real shot at a league title. The Panthers trail Charlotte Catholic (8-0, 5-0) by a game and finish the season next week with a potential league title game at Catholic. Providence has won four of five games since a near-disastrous three-game losing streak in coach Brad Bowles’ first season.
Mooresville (6-3, 4-1) at Lake Norman (7-2, 4-1), 7:30
A big game between Iredell County rivals. Both 4A teams trail 3A South Iredell (8-1, 5-0) by a game in the league standings. South Iredell will be a favorite against North Iredell (3-6, 2-3) Friday but will have a battle to win an outright league title against Statesville (6-3, 3-2) next week.
No. 7 Weddington (8-1, 3-0 Southern Carolina) at Piedmont (6-3, 1-2)
Weddington is tied with Marvin Ridge (6-3, 3-0) for first place and will play Marvin Ridge next week in a game that could decide the conference title. To be in position to win an outright title, Weddington must tackle Piedmont, which lost to Marvin Ridge by 10 last week.