High School Sports

Friday night’s key high school football matchups

Mecklenburg contests

Harding (0-1) at Garinger (0-1), 7 p.m.

Garinger has lost 31 straight games. The Wildcats’ last win was against Harding on Oct. 21, 2011. Harding has won five games since the start of the 2012 season and three of those are against Garinger. This game is big for both schools, representing a big chance for a rare win.

No. 3 Vance (1-0) at No. 14 Providence (1-0), 7 p.m.

These teams haven’t met since 2009. Providence leads the all-time series 8-3. Vance hasn’t won since 2000. Both come in hot. Vance blew out West Mecklenhurg 54-12 last week. Providence upset S.C. 4A power Summerville 10-9 on the road for one of the school’s biggest wins.

Scotland County (1-0) at No. 10 Independence (0-1), 7 p.m.

Independence, which was 12-1 last season, tries to avoid a rare 0-2 start against a Scotland team ranked No. 3 in the Carolina Preps power poll. The Patriots look to bounce back from last week’s 58-6 loss to No. 1 Mallard Creek.

Regional contests

No. 9 Mooresville (1-0) at No. 6 Hough (1-0), 7 p.m.

Mooresville defeated its Mecklenburg County rival 38-7 last season. Hough will look to avenge that loss at home.

Langston Wertz Jr.

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