1. Arden Christ School’s size will slow down but not stop Charlotte Christian.
Christ School (10-1) has won nine straight to arrive at Friday’s Division I state championship game with Charlotte Christian, and the Greenies may be the biggest team Christian has faced, at least on the line of scrimmage. Christ School averages 42 points per game. The guess here is that the Knights will adjust, while leaning on a defense that’s allowed six points per game. Christian will win its sixth state title in 11 seasons.
2. Rain won’t play a (big) factor in Friday’s games.
If you’re tired of the weather forcing schools to move games and postpone games, we’re with you. And the forecast calls for rain almost all day Friday, but ending about an hour before most games kick off. So fields may be soggy, but we should get the games in.
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3. Providence will give West Meck a fit, but the Hawks will reach a milestone.
Providence (5-5, 4-1 SoMeck) has won four straight after a 1-5 start and has averaged 40 points in the win streak. The Panthers can get a share of the league title with a win. West Meck (8-1, 5-0) has won eight straight but was off from Oct. 5-26 and looked rusty in its past two games. The Hawks should be ready Friday to win what’s believed to be their first league title since 1988.
4. Hough will have a big bounce back game, but the competition is still high.
Coming off a disappointing 26-10 loss to unbeaten Mallard Creek last week, Hough has to rebound quickly for Friday’s game against 9-1 Vance. We think the Huskies will, but Vance is a legitimate state title contender.
5. Mooresville will give Mallard Creek a test.
Speaking of Mallard Creek, the Mavericks must stop a hot Mooresville team to secure an unbeaten season. Mooresville has won three straight since back-to-back losses to Hough (12-7) and Vance (47-21). Mallard Creek is trying for a sixth unbeaten regular season since the school opened in 2007.