High School Sports

High School football games of the week and the full schedule

South Point quarterback Scottie Lee, left, and the Red Raiders play Shelby in a battle of the state’s top two ranked teams Friday night.
South Point quarterback Scottie Lee, left, and the Red Raiders play Shelby in a battle of the state’s top two ranked teams Friday night. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

No. 3 Charlotte Catholic (10-0, 6-0 Southern Carolina) at No. 10 Marvin Ridge (10-0, 6-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: This is the conference championship game and Charlotte Catholic is trying to snatch the title in its first year in the league. Marvin Ridge is enjoying the best regular season in school history and looks for what would likely be the biggest win in school history at home. Expect a big crowd for this one.

No. 7 Vance (8-2, 5-1 IMECK) at Hough (7-3, 5-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: This game is for the No. 2 seed in the conference, which will bring an automatic playoff berth and a better playoff draw when pairings are released Saturday. There’s also a secondary storyline. Hough fired coach Miles Aldridge after the team finished 7-5 last season. Aldridge is now defensive coordinator at Vance. Aldridge, however, still teaches at physical education at Hough.

No. 8 Hickory Ridge (9-1, 5-1 Southwestern 4A) at Porter Ridge (6-4, 4-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Hickory Ridge is tied with Butler (7-2, 5-1) and Myers Park (9-1, 5-1) for first place in a wild conference race as the teams play their final games. If all three first-place teams win, there would be a hat draw for seeding after Friday’s games. Butler would pull first, Hickory Ridge second and then Myers Park. The top two seeds get guaranteed playoff berths. The third would have to get in as a wild-card, with likely a tougher playoff road.

No. 11 Shelby (9-1, 4-0 Southwestern 2A) at No. 12 Belmont South Point (10-0, 4-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Most statewide polls have these two ranked in the top three in the 2A class, and Friday’s winner gets the league championship. Shelby, which has won four straight state championships, has won four straight games since losing 25-0 at nationally ranked 4A power Rock Hill South Pointe in September.

Concord (5-5, 2-2 South Piedmont 3A) at No. 16 A.L. Brown (8-2, 3-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: The Carolinas’ oldest high school football rivalry renews, and with Brown rejoining its conference, the rivalry moves back to the end of the season. It’s the final Bell Game for Concord coach Glen Padgett, who is retiring after the season. The winner gets the No. 2 seed from the conference and guaranteed playoff spot.

Morganton Patton (8-2, 5-0 Northwestern Foothills 2A) at No. 13 Lenoir Hibriten (10-0, 5-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Patton tries to win a seventh straight game and a win a league title. To do so, it’ll have to pierce a Hibriten defense that has allowed 47 points all season.

Friday’s schedule

Games at 7:30, unless noted.

North Carolina

FRIDAY

I-Meck 4A

West Charlotte (4-6, 2-4) at Hopewell (0-10, 0-6), 7; Vance (8-2, 5-1) at Hough (7-3, 5-1), 7; North Mecklenburg (7-3, 3-3) at Lake Norman (2-8, 1-5); Mallard Creek (10-0, 6-0) at Mooresville (4-6, 2-4)

South Meck 7 4A

Berry Academy (1-9, 0-5) at West Mecklenburg (7-3, 3-2), 7; Harding (9-1, 5-0) at Olympic (3-7, 1-4), 7; South Mecklenburg (2-8, 2-3) at Providence (7-3, 4-1), 7

Southwestern 4A

Butler (7-2, 5-1) at East Mecklenburg (5-5, 3-3), 7; Rocky River (1-9, 1-5) at Garinger (1-9, 0-6), 7; Hickory Ridge (9-1, 5-1) at Porter Ridge (6-4, 4-2); Myers Park (9-1, 5-1) at Independence (2-8, 1-5), 7

Sandhills 4A

Richmond Senior (7-3, 5-1) at Scotland County (8-1, 6-0); Lumberton (2-8, 1-5) at Purnell Swett (4-6, 1-5); Fayetteville Britt (6-4, 4-2) at Fayetteville 71st (7-3, 4-2); Hoke County (0-10, 0-6) at Pinecrest (6-4, 3-3)

Northwestern 3A-4A

Alexander Central (9-1, 5-1) at South Caldwell (1-9, 1-5); Freedom (6-4, 3-3) at McDowell (2-8, 1-5); Hickory (6-4, 4-2) at St. Stephens (4-6, 3-3); West Caldwell (6-4, 3-3) at Watauga (8-2, 4-2)

Big South 3A

Ashbrook (4-6, 3-3) at Hunter Huss (6-4, 4-2); North Gaston (2-8, 0-6) at Burns (1-9, 0-6); Kings Mountain (9-1, 6-0) at Crest (7-3, 5-1); Stuart Cramer (7-3, 4-2) at Forestview (3-7, 2-4)

North Piedmont 3A

Carson (3-7, 2-2) at South Iredell (8-2, 4-0); North Iredell (0-10, 0-4) at East Rowan (2-8, 0-4); Statesville (8-2, 3-1) at West Rowan (6-4, 3-1)

South Piedmont 3A

Concord (5-5, 2-2) at A.L. Brown (8-2, 3-1); Central Cabarrus (5-5, 1-3) at Jay M. Robinson (8-2, 4-0); Cox Mill (3-7, 1-3) at Northwest Cabarrus (5-5, 1-3)

Southern Carolina 3A

Charlotte Catholic (10-0, 6-0) at Marvin Ridge (10-0, 6-0); Cuthbertson (4-6, 3-3) at Weddington (7-3, 4-2); Monroe (4-6, 1-5) at Parkwood (2-8, 0-6); Piedmont (3-7, 1-5) at Sun Valley (7-3, 3-3)

Central Carolina 2A

South Rowan (3-7, 3-4) at Salisbury (6-3, 5-2); West Davidson (1-8, 0-7) at Central Davidson (0-10, 0-7); Thomasville (2-7, 2-5) at Lexington (5-4, 4-3); North Davidson (9-1, 7-0) at Ledford (8-1, 7-0)

Northwestern Foothills 2A

East Burke (1-9, 0-5) at Draughn (2-8, 1-4); West Iredell (5-5, 3-2) at Fred T. Foard (7-3, 3-2); Patton (8-2, 5-0) at Hibriten (10-0, 5-0)

Rocky River 2A

Forest Hills (4-6, 2-2) at Anson County (3-7, 3-1); Central Academy (0-10, 0-4) at East Montgomery (8-2, 2-2); Mount Pleasant (8-2, 4-0) at West Stanly (3-7, 1-3)

South Fork 2A

North Lincoln (3-7, 1-5) at Bandys (4-6, 2-4); East Lincoln (6-4, 5-1) at Newton-Conover (8-2, 5-1); Lake Norman Charter (3-7, 0-6) at West Lincoln (3-7, 1-5); Maiden (10-0, 6-0) at Lincolnton (5-5, 4-2)

Southwestern Athletic 2A

R-S Central (3-7, 1-3) at Chase (1-9, 0-4); East Gaston (2-8, 1-3) at East Rutherford (6-4, 2-2); Shelby (9-1, 4-0) at South Point (10-0, 4-0)

Mountain Valley 1A-2A

Ashe County (3-7, 3-3) at Starmount (5-5, 4-2); Elkin (4-6, 2-4) at Alleghany (4-6, 0-6); Wilkes Central (8-2, 6-0) at East Wilkes (9-1, 5-1); North Wilkes (7-3, 3-3) at West Wilkes (5-5, 1-5)

Western Highlands 1A-2A

Mountain Heritage (9-0, 4-0) at Avery County (2-8, 0-4); Madison (4-6, 2-2) at Polk County (6-4, 2-2); Mitchell (9-1, 3-1) at Swannanoa Owen (1-8, 1-3)

Southern Piedmont 1A

Cherryville (4-6, 2-4) at Bessemer City (9-1, 5-1); Community School of Davidson (4-6, 3-3) at Pine Lake Prep (3-7, 1-5); Highland Tech (2-8, 0-6) at Mountain Island Charter (7-3, 4-2); Thomas Jefferson Academy (10-0, 6-0) at Union Academy (6-4, 3-3)

Yadkin Valley 1A

West Montgomery (8-2, 5-1) at Albemarle (4-6, 3-3), 7; South Davidson (2-8, 1-5) at North Rowan (7-3, 4-2), 7; South Stanly (5-5, 4-2) at North Stanly (9-1, 6-0), 7; North Moore (2-8, 1-5) at Chatham Central (1-9, 0-6), 7

N.C. nonconference

S.C. Titans (2-7) vs. Hickory Hawks (2-6), at Lenoir-Rhyne University; Carolina Pride (6-3) at Fayetteville Sandhills Titans (8-3)

PLAYOFFS

N.C. INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

(area teams’ games)

Division 1 semifinals

Arden Christ School (8-1) at Charlotte Christian (8-1); High Point Christian (9-1) at Providence Day (8-2)

Division 2 quarterfinals

Cannon School (6-4) at Statesville Christian (9-1); Charlotte Country Day (5-5) at Metrolina Christian (8-2); Wake Christian (6-4) at Charlotte Latin (6-4)

Division 3 quarterfinals

Fayetteville Village Christian (7-4) at Northside Christian (3-7); Harrells Christian (4-6) at Hickory Grove Christian (5-5); Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, Ga. (4-6) at Southlake Christian (3-6); Asheville School (4-6) at Concord First Assembly (5-5)

South Carolina

5A first round

Nation Ford (5-5) at Greenwood (8-2); Mauldin (6-4) at Rock Hill (4-6); Fort Mill (4-6) at Simpsonville Hillcrest (8-2)

4A first round

West Columbia Airport (3-7) at York (8-2); Midland Valley (2-8) at South Pointe (10-0)

3A first round

Powdersville (6-5) at Chester (8-2); Indian Land (2-8) at Greenwood Emerald (8-3)

2A first round

North Augusta Fox Creek (6-4) at Chesterfield (8-2); Central Pageland (7-3) at Saluda (9-1); Buford (7-3) at Seabrook Island Whale Branch (5-4)

1A first round

Lewisville (7-3) at Wagener-Salley (8-2)

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