Mallard Creek (4-0, 0-0 IMECK 4A) at Vance (3-1, 0-0), Fri, 7:30 p.m.: One of Mecklenburg County’s best rivalries resumes in a conference-opener that could decide the league title. Vance has won three in a row after losing its season opener to West Meck. Mallard Creek – eager to return to the state title game after missing it in 2016 for the first time in four years – is off to the type of start it normally gets while playing a very tough schedule.
Monroe (3-1, 0-0 Southern Carolina) at Charlotte Catholic (4-0, 0-0), Fri, 7:30 p.m.: The former rivals in the old Rocky River 2A conference meet in the Southern Carolina conference opener. Catholic’s defense has been stingy, giving up 20 points in its past three games. Since losing 55-0 to Vance Aug. 25, Monroe is averaging 62.5 points per game.
Shelby (5-0) at Rock Hill South Pointe (4-0), Fri, 7:30 p.m.: Shelby, the four-time 2A state champ, plays the type of big-name opponent many fans, and critics, have wanted to see the Golden Lions play for a long time. South Pointe, the three-time S.C. state champ, is now a 4A team ranked in the top 10 in several national polls.
Indian Trail Sun Valley (4-0, 0-0 Southern Carolina) at Weddington (3-1, 0-0): Sun Valley is averaging more than 47 points per game, and faces a Weddington team, the reigning 3AA state champs, coming off a one-point upset loss at Boiling Springs Crest.
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Cannon School (3-1) at Providence Day (4-1), Friday, 7: Former Carolina Panther Brad Hoover is turning Cannon into an annual contender. The Cougars have reached the N.C. Division II private school semifinals for two straight season and are off to a solid start in 2017. Providence Day, featuring three major college recruits – Duke commit Elijiah Brown and 5-star sophomores Jacolby Cowan and Porter Rooks – have won three straight and have already topped their win total from a 3-7 season in 2016.