High School Sports

Charlotte-area high school football games of the week

Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri, left, and Butler coach Brian Hales will see their teams face off in a highly anticipated game Friday
Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri, left, and Butler coach Brian Hales will see their teams face off in a highly anticipated game Friday WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

No. 4 Butler (0-0) at No. 2 Mallard Creek (1-0), Friday, 7: Since the start of the 2012 season, only one team has beaten Mallard Creek in the playoffs: Butler. And Butler ended the Mavericks’ three-year reign as N.C. 4AA champions in the playoffs last year and ended the Mavericks’ 16-game postseason streak. This year, both teams are again state title contenders. In six of the past eight seasons, one of them has won a state championship in the 4AA class.

Asheville Reynolds (1-0) at No. 10 Shelby (1-0), Friday, 7:30: The Golden Lions, a 2A power, rallied to beat 3A Morganton Freedom 14-7 Friday and has another tough game this week. Reynolds is ranked No. 3 in the Carolina Preps 3A statewide poll.

Wake Forest (1-0) at No. 5 Richmond Senior (1-0), Friday, 7:30: First-year Raiders coach Bryan Till won his season debut 45-24 at Pfafftown Reagan. This week, the Raiders host the reigning N.C. 4AA champion from Wake Forest, which is 44-3 the past three seasons.

West Charlotte (1-0) at No. 9 West Mecklenburg (1-0), Friday, 7: The Lions shut out Garinger 37-0 under second-year coach Josh Harris, and now faces an old westside rival in Week 2. West Mecklenburg whipped Vance 42-19 Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

No. 11 Monroe (1-0) at No. 12 Vance (0-1), Friday, 7: Monroe, a 3A team, steps up in class to play 4A Vance. Vance looks to bounce back from the West Meck loss. Monroe beat Anson County 34-18 behind quarterback Trey Shepherd (21-of-27, 331 yards, two TDs).

Langston Wertz Jr.

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