Richmond Senior (3-0) at No. 2 Butler (2-1), Friday, 7: Two programs with multiple 4A state championships and deep histories meet. Butler is averaging more than 36 points per game and Richmond is averaging nearly 50, so this one could be high-scoring. Butler won 32-13 in Rockingham last season.
No. 9 Hough (2-1) at No. 15 Ardrey Kell (2-1), Friday, 7: Hough beat Ardrey Kell twice last season, including a 34-7 victory at home in the second round of the N.C. 4AA playoffs. Both of those games were in Cornelius. But Ardrey Kell gets to play at home this time in matchup of teams ranked in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.
No. 12 South Mecklenburg (2-1) at No. 14 Myers Park (3-0), Friday, 7: One of Mecklenburg County’s oldest and most traditional rivalries renews with big stakes. Both teams are legitimate league championship threats – South Meck in the SoMeck; Myers Park in the Southwestern – and both teams are off to strong starts. Myers Park hasn’t been 4-0 since 1983. South Meck, looking to bounce back after last week’s 38-25 loss at Rock Hill Northwestern, has won the past two meetings.
Sun Valley (3-0) at Porter Ridge (3-0), Friday, 7:30: These Union County rivals have both started strong. Porter Ridge is off to its best start since 2012, but will have to deal with a Sun Valley offense that is averaging nearly 50 points per game.
No. 4 Rock Hill Northwestern (2-1) at Duncan (SC) Byrnes (1-2), Friday, 7:30: A legitimate national power, Byrnes has lost to Myrtle Beach and Mallard Creek to start the season but is returning home, where it rarely loses. Northwestern continues a strong non-conference schedule against regional powers such as South Pointe and South Meck to get ready for another playoff run.