No. 3 Myers Park (2-0) at Providence (1-1), 7 p.m.: Last year, Myers Park needed a last-minute interception to beat the Panthers 41-38. Providence must hope its defense, led by DL Gavin Reeder and LB Jack Wilkes, can stop a Mustangs team that added another weapon – RB Tim Newman, who transferred this week from Charlotte Country Day – to an already-potent attack.
Charlotte Country Day (1-1) at No. 6 Charlotte Catholic (1-1), 7:30 p.m.: And that brings us to Country Day, trying to pick up the pieces after the loss of Newman to Myers Park. This is the annual John R. Cook Cup game, and Catholic has won the past two years 27-0 and 45-6. The Cougars have the offense for another one-sided win.
Rocky River (2-0) at No. 7 Vance (2-0), 7 p.m.: Counting last season, Rocky River has won four in a row, and QB Brent Jones leads a strong attack. Vance, a state playoff semifinalist last year, features QB Nigel Summerville.
Covenant Day (0-1) at Charlotte Christian (1-0), 7 p.m.: While it might not be close, this game will mark history, as Covenant Day’s new varsity program faces a Mecklenburg foe for the first time. Charlotte Christian is loaded with Division 1 recruits.
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No. 13 Indian Trail Porter Ridge (2-0) at No. 16 Weddington (1-0), 7:30 p.m.: The week’s only meeting of two ranked Observer Sweet 16 teams features two outstanding senior QBs – Porter Ridge’s Grayson McCall and Weddington’s Whitner Litton.
Clover (2-0) at Gastonia Huss (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: The Blue Eagles cross state lines for the second straight week, facing the powerful Huss defense, led by Prince Bemah and Chase Williamson. Clover has 16 starters back this season, including WR Heze Massey, who had more than 1,000 yards receiving last year.
Fort Mill Nation Ford (1-1) at No. 9 Rock Hill South Pointe (1-1), 7:30 p.m.: “Coming off a loss” is a phrase rarely used with South Pointe, but the four-time defending state champs fell to Rock Hill last week. Nation Ford has talented receivers in Dewuan McCullum and Harrison Cohen.