Top Charlotte-area high school football games this week:
Myers Park (6-0, 2-0 Southwestern 4A) at Butler (4-2, 2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: Myers Park is outscoring teams by an average of 50-6 in a blistering start to the season, but the Mustangs haven’t faced a team with a winning record yet. That changes Friday. Butler has been the conference bully for nearly 10 years, and the Bulldogs have already been tested against state powers Mallard Creek and Richmond Senior. How will Myers Park handle a step up in class? Can Butler win for the fourth straight week?
Mooresville (5-1, 1-1 I-MECK) at Vance (5-1, 1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.: Any thoughts about Mooresville and first-year coach Thad Wells not being a playoff-quality team went out the window last week when the Blue Devils went to Cornelius and had the ball late with a chance to upset Sweet 16 No. 1 Hough. Mooresville lost 12-7 but earned respect. But playing in the state’s toughest conference, Mooresville has another tough assignment Friday — at another state title contender at Vance, which beat Hopewell 43-0 last week.
Gastonia Huss (6-0, 2-0 Big South 3A) at Kings Mountain (5-1, 2-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Four teams are tied for first place in the league. These two, plus Boiling Springs Crest (5-1, 2-0) and Gastonia Ashbrook (4-2, 2-0). Ashbrook plays at Crest Friday. Huss is off to its best start since 2006. Kings Mountain has won two straight since a 28-23 upset loss to Shelby last month.
Indian Trail Sun Valley (5-1) at Charlotte Catholic (5-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: A classic offense-defense battle. Catholic has one of the best defenses in the state, allowing just 3.83 points per game. Catholic has shut out three of its past six opponents. Sun Valley is averaging nearly 40 points per game, led by Sam Howell, a quarterback committed to Florida State.