Charlotte Country Day (1-1) at No. 6 Charlotte Catholic (1-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Charlotte Catholic has won the past five matchups, which give the winner the John Cook Cup. Country Day, which beat Carolina Pride 54-14 last week, lost two-time all-conference running back Tim Newman, who transferred to Myers Park Monday.
Rocky River (2-0) at No. 7 Vance (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: Vance jumped three spots in this week’s Sweet 16 after Friday’s 36-20 victory over Monroe. The Ravens and second-year coach Orlando Gray will try to slow Vance’s powerhouse offense with a defense that has allowed fewer than 10 points per game. The Ravens are also hunting the first 3-0 start in school history.
No. 13 Indian Trail Porter Ridge (2-0) at No. 16 Weddington (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Porter Ridge is averaging 52 points, highest among N.C. 4A teams. Weddington, a 3A power, was off last week after whipping Ardrey Kell 34-16 in its season opener.
Clover, S.C. (2-0) at Gastonia Huss (2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Surprised to see this one here? Well, after nine straight seasons without a winning record from 2006-2015, Huss is working on its third straight. The Huskies have won their first two games by an average of nearly 30 points. Clover hunts a second straight victory over a Gaston County team. The Blue Eagles whipped Gastonia Forestview 35-3 last week.