1. The Union County game of the year will be Friday: Weddington is at Indian Trail Sun Valley. Both teams are 4-0. Weddington is averaging 37.5 points and allowing 14. Sun Valley averages 40.5 and allows 13.5. That tells us this game should be close. And there’s this: Weddington has won four straight games in the series, so Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell, the Florida State recruit and the best player in Union County history, has never beaten his chief rival.
2. Eric Morman will make North Mecklenburg relevant: A second-year coach and just 28, Morman led the Vikings to a 7-0 start last year. This season, they’re 4-0. Playing in an I-MECK 4A conference with state heavyweights such as Hough, Mallard Creek and Vance, it may be tough to do, but Morman’s on track to get the Vikings in the regional power discussion.
3. Mooresville’s found a star in Deberardino: QB Hunter Deberardino didn’t start the Blue Devils’ first game, a 21-7 win over West Rowan. But starting the past three, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior has thrown for 730 yards, eight touchdowns and boosted his teams’ scoring average to 38 points per game.
4. Independence has a player who’s about to become a household name: Unless you follow the Patriots, you probably haven’t heard of Tyson Clawson. But Independence’s 6-2, 215-pound sophomore defensive end leads the state with 10 sacks in four games.
5. This could be the best Myers Park team ever: The 2018 Mustangs average 49 points, two touchdowns better than the school record. For context, the 1965 Western Regional championship team that went 11-0 averaged 30 points. The 2018 Mustangs have Division I talent all over the field, but some tough games are ahead, like a regular-season matchup with Butler on Oct. 5 and a loaded N.C. 4AA West playoff field after that. Still, these Mustangs could go 16-0 and cement a legacy.