No. 10 Vance (6-1, 3-0 MECKA 4A) at No. 2 Mallard Creek (6-1, 3-0), Fri., 7: First-year Vance coach Aaron Brand was offensive coordinator for Mallard Creek for several seasons, including the 2013 state championship game. Emotions always run high between these rivals. This game is for the league lead.
Ardrey Kell (6-1, 3-0 SoMeck 8 4A) at No. 7 Providence (6-1, 3-0), Fri., 7: One of Mecklenburg County’s biggest rivalries renews with one of its biggest matchups ever. Both teams have won six straight. Both teams are tied for first place in the league.
South Mecklenburg (6-1, 3-0 SoMeck 8 4A) at No. 6 Charlotte Catholic (6-1, 3-0), Fri., 7: South Meck could walk to this away game. Catholic is less than 2 miles down Park Road from the Sabres campus. Catholic star RB Jaret Anderson (ankle) will miss this game. He’s the leading rusher on a run-first team.
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No. 15 Rocky River (6-2, 3-0 Southwestern 4A) at No. 1 Butler (7-1, 3-0), Fri, 7: Rocky River has won six straight and is in position to repeat as conference champion with a second straight win against Butler, which looked a little shaky in a 28-20 victory over Myers Park last week.
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