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Gameday: Here are 7 prep football playoff matchups to watch on Friday

North Mecklenburg quarterback Aaron Scott and the Vikings will try to avenge last month’s 42-27 loss to Hough when they visit the Huskies Friday night in the first round of the N.C. 4AA football playoffs.
North Mecklenburg quarterback Aaron Scott and the Vikings will try to avenge last month’s 42-27 loss to Hough when they visit the Huskies Friday night in the first round of the N.C. 4AA football playoffs. WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

(Observer Sweet 16 rankings are noted)

North Mecklenburg (6-5) at No. 10 Hough (9-2), 7:30 p.m. (4AA playoffs): Hough scored a 42-27 victory over the Vikings on Oct. 19 in a game filled with penalties and big plays. Vikings QB Aaron Scott will hope to control the tempo and keep Hough’s high-powered offense off the field.

Providence (6-5) at No. 7 Myers Park (10-1), 7:30 p.m. (4AA playoffs): These teams met Aug. 31, with Myers Park steamrolling the Panthers 55-14. But Providence has won five in a row and is averaging 41 points a game. How much have the Panthers improved since Labor Day weekend?

Central Cabarrus (8-3) at No. 9 Weddington (10-1), 7:30 p.m. (3AA playoffs): Vikings QB Evan McGee has passed for more than 1,800 yards, but the host Warriors have outscored opponents 211-56 since a late-September loss to Charlotte Catholic.

No. 14 Sun Valley (8-3) at Concord Cox Mill (8-3), 7:30 p.m. (3AA playoffs): The Chargers’ rugged defense has held six teams under 10 points this season, but QB Sam Howell and his Sun Valley teammates have one of the area’s more explosive offenses.

West Lincoln (9-2) at No. 16 Shelby (8-3), 7:30 p.m. (2AA playoffs): Shelby has won seven in a row, with QB Isaiah Best finding his groove at the helm of the offense. West Lincoln has a powerful ground game that has produced more than 3,300 yards this season.

Charlotte Country Day (7-5) at Indian Trail Metrolina Christian (8-3), 7 p.m.: This is for the state private schools’ Division II championship. Receivers Jadus Davis (13 touchdowns) and Jack Crump (11 TDs) lead a strong Metrolina passing attack against a Country Day offense that can control the tempo.

Gaffney (10-1) at Rock Hill (8-2), 7:30 p.m. (S.C. 5A playoffs): QB Undre Lindsey (1,674 passing yards) leads the Gaffney attack. Rock Hill gave up 30 points in the first half last week and nothing in the second half. The Bearcats, coming off their first playoff victory in a decade, will need a strong four-quarter defensive effort against Gaffney.

Steve Lyttle

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