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Mallard Creek faces second top S.C. opponent – one of the top Mecklenburg match-ups.

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Garinger (0-3) at Hopewell (0-2), Fri, 7: The Titans have lost 34 straight games. Hopewell’s last win? The Titans beat Garinger 38-7 on Aug. 19, 2016. This is the teams’ first meeting since then. In September 2017, Garinger ended its own 55-game losing streak. And since beating Monroe’s Central Academy 42-0 to end it, the Wildcats have gone 4-15. Garinger’s three wins last year were the most since 2010.

Independence (2-1) at Ardrey Kell (2-1), Fri, 7: Two teams that appear headed to the postseason meet in a non-conference game that looks like the best one in Mecklenburg County on Friday. Last week, Independence rallied from a 21-point deficit at Olympic only to lose in the waning seconds. Ardrey Kell beat Marvin Ridge on Jared Joseph’s score with 10 seconds left.

Mallard Creek (2-0-1) at Gaffney (2-0), Fri, 7:30: Mallard Creek goes back to South Carolina for the second time after tying nationally ranked Dutch Fork last month on national TV. MaxPreps ranks Gaffney as the No. 4 overall team in South Carolina, so it’ll be another huge test for Mallard Creek. Gaffney averages 41.5 points per game, allows 13.5, and enjoys one of the best home field advantages in the Carolinas.

Boiling Springs Crest (2-1) at Shelby (2-0), Fri, 7:30: One of the Carolinas’ best high school football rivalries renews. Between them, these teams have double-digit state championship trophies. This year, Shelby is averaging nearly 50 points per game. Crest lost 35-14 to Lawndale Burns Friday. That was Crest’s first loss to Burns in eight seasons.

Richmond Senior (3-0) at Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (2-0), Fri, 7:30 p.m: Gibbons ended Wake Forest’s 45-game win streak with a 27-24 win last month. Wake Forest, which beat Richmond Senior at home last season, has won the past three N.C. 4AA state championships. Richmond comes in after a convincing 42-14 win over Butler. Butler was down six starters, however, so the Raiders get another chance to prove they’re a serious contender for their first state title in 11 years.

This week’s schedule

Friday

(all kickoffs at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

Central Carolina 2A

Lexington (1-1, 0-0) at Central Davidson (2-0, 0-0)

North Davidson (0-2, 0-0) at Midway Oak Grove (2-0, 0-0)

South Rowan (0-2, 0-0) at East Davidson (0-2, 0-0)

Thomasville (1-1, 0-0) at Salisbury (2-0, 0-0)

West Davidson (1-1, 0-0) at Ledford (0-2, 0-0)

Southern Piedmont 1A

Bessemer City (0-2, 0-0) vs. Community School of Davidson (2-0, 1-0), at Mallard Creek High, 7

Christ the King (0-3, 0-3) at Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Academy (2-0, 0-0)

Mooresville Pine Lake Prep (2-1, 0-0) at Monroe Union Academy (1-1, 0-0)

Mecklenburg nonconference

Charlotte Christian (1-1) at Atlanta Pace Academy (2-1)

Charlotte Country Day (3-0) at High Point Christian (4-0), 7

Garinger (0-3) at Hopewell (0-2), 7

Independence (2-1) at Ardrey Kell (2-1), 7

Indian Trail Metrolina Christian (2-1) at VC/NC Royals (1-0), 7

Kings Mountain (3-0) at West Mecklenburg (2-0), 7

Lake Norman Charter (0-3) at Gastonia Highland Tech (0-1)

Mallard Creek (2-0-1) at Gaffney, SC (2-0), 7

Mount Holly Mountain Island Charter (2-1) at Berry Academy (1-1), 7

Myers Park (2-0) at South Mecklenburg (0-3), 7

Olympic (2-1) at East Mecklenburg (1-2), 7

Providence (1-2) at Central Cabarrus (2-1)

Rocky River (0-2) at Harding (2-1), 7

St. Stephen (SC) Timberland (1-0) at Providence Day (2-0)

Wake Christian (3-1) at Covenant Day (1-2), 7

N.C. nonconference

Ashe County (0-3) at West Caldwell (0-3)

Belmont South Point (1-2) at Gastonia Forestview (1-2)

Boiling Springs Crest (2-1) at Shelby (2-0)

Burnsville Mountain Heritage (2-0) at Cramerton Stuart Cramer (2-1)

China Grove Carson (1-2) at North Rowan (1-2)

Claremont Bunker Hill (0-3) at Catawba Bandys (3-0)

Concord Cox Mill (2-1) at Harrisburg Hickory Ridge (2-0)

Davie County (3-0) at West Rowan (1-2)

East Gaston (0-2) at Lincolnton (1-2)

East Henderson (1-2) at Forest City Chase (2-0)

Hickory (0-3) at Gastonia Huss (1-1)

Hickory St. Stephens (1-1) at Maiden (2-1)

Indian Trail Porter Ridge (1-1) at Indian Trail Sun Valley (1-2)

Lake Norman (2-1) at North Iredell (0-3)

Marshville Forest Hills (1-2) at Monroe (2-1)

Marvin Ridge (1-1) at Northwest Cabarrus (3-0)

Mooresville (1-2) at Kannapolis Brown (1-0)

Morganton Freedom (2-1) at Morganton Patton (1-2)

Mount Pleasant (0-3) at Concord (0-3)

Newton-Conover (2-0) at Hendersonville (2-1)

North Gaston (1-2) at East Lincoln (2-0)

North Wilkes (3-0) at Avery County (2-1)

Richmond Senior (3-0) at Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (2-0), 7

South Caldwell (2-1) at Lenoir Hibriten (2-1)

South Iredell (1-2) at Alexander Central (2-1)

Statesville Christian (1-1) vs. Hickory Hawks (0-2), at Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.

Valdese Draughn (1-2) at Cherryville (1-2)

Waxhaw Cuthbertson (2-1) at Concord Jay M. Robinson (1-2)

West Iredell (1-1) at Statesville (3-0)

West Lincoln (2-0) at Newton Foard (0-3)

West Stanly (2-0) at North Stanly (0-2)

Wilkes Central (2-1) at Boone Watauga (2-1)

Interstate

Carolina Bearcats (1-2) at Richburg Lewisville (2-1)

Chesterfield (1-1) at Anson County (1-2)

Clover (3-0) at Gastonia Ashbrook (0-2)

Decatur (GA) Columbia (1-2) at Chester (2-1)

Fort Mill Catawba Ridge (2-1) at Weddington (3-0)

Lancaster Buford (1-2) at Monroe Parkwood (2-1)

R-S Central (2-1) at Chesnee, SC (1-2)

S.C. nonconference

Cheraw (3-0) at Pageland Central (2-1)

Fort Mill (1-2) at Camden (3-0)

Fort Mill Nation Ford (2-1) at Lancaster (0-3)

Kershaw Andrew Jackson (3-0) at Great Falls (2-1)

Lamar (2-1) at Kershaw North Central (1-1)

McBee (0-2) at Hannah-Pamplico (0-2)

Rock Hill (1-2) at Indian Land (2-1)

Rock Hill Northwestern (0-3) at Columbia Ridge View (1-1)

Rock Hill Legion Collegiate (1-1) at Calhoun Falls Charter (1-1)

Saturday

Pioneer Football League

Cabarrus Stallions (2-1, 2-0) vs. Rock Hill Carolina Crusaders (0-3, 0-3), at Central Cabarrus, 6:30





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