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Here are 7 football games to watch Friday as conference schedules kick off

Sun Valley quarterback Quarterback Sam Howell will lead the Spartans’ offense against Weddington Friday night.
Sun Valley quarterback Quarterback Sam Howell will lead the Spartans’ offense against Weddington Friday night. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

(Observer Sweet 16 rankings listed with team)

No. 2 Mallard Creek (4-0, 0-0 I-Meck 4A) at No. 10 Vance (3-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.: The Mavericks’ offense was stopped last week at Harding, but the defense delivered 21 late points. QB Nigel Summerville is coming into his own as leader of Vance’s offense.

No. 6 West Mecklenburg (4-1, 0-0 Southern Meck 4A) at No. 12 Harding (4-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.: The potential conference title game, pitting teams coming off their only losses. It’s a test of West Meck’s explosive offense against Harding’s rugged defense.

Alexander Central (4-0, 0-0 Northwest 3A-4A,) at West Caldwell (3-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.: Quarterback Gunnar Anderson leads the high-scoring Alexander Central offense, while West Caldwell can grind it out on the ground.

Monroe (3-1, 0-0 Southern Carolina 3A) at No. 3 Charlotte Catholic (4-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.: Redhawks quarterback Trey Shepherd and the quick-scoring offense faces Catholic’s tough defense, in the Cougars’ return to 3A conference play.

Sun Valley (4-0, 0-0 Southern Carolina 3A) at Weddington (3-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.: Look for plenty of points here. Quarterback Sam Howell leads the explosive Sun Valley passing attack, but Weddington also has scored points in bunches this season.

Mountain Island Charter (3-1, 0-0 Southern Piedmont 1A) at Bessemer City (4-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.: The visiting Raptors are averaging 47 points a game. Bessemer City is allowing fewer than eight points a contest.

No. 9 Shelby (5-0) at No. 1 South Pointe (4-0), 7:30 p.m.: A great interstate clash, featuring two reigning state champions and their stellar quarterbacks – Malik Sarratt of Shelby and Derion Kendrick of South Pointe.

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