High School Sports

This week’s top high school football matchups

AL Brown quarterback Damon Johnson passes the ball during Thursday’s practice. No. 7 A.L. Brown (5-0, 1-0 MECKA) travels to No. 6 Vance (4-1, 0-0) this week.
AL Brown quarterback Damon Johnson passes the ball during Thursday’s practice. No. 7 A.L. Brown (5-0, 1-0 MECKA) travels to No. 6 Vance (4-1, 0-0) this week. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Mecklenburg contests

No. 7 A.L. Brown (5-0, 1-0 MECKA) at No. 6 Vance (4-1, 0-0), 7

A.L. Brown, led by former Butler High coach Mike Newsome, is off to its best start since 2006, but Vance will be the best team the Wonders have faced this season. Vance is coming off a bye and will try to quickly re-ignite an offense that averages more than 40 points per game.

Charlotte Christian (3-2, 0-0 CISAA) at Charlotte Latin (5-0, 0-0), 7

This has become the state’s No. 1 private school rivalry. The teams have won nine of the past 12 state championships and have met in the finals in each of the past two seasons. Christian has won three state championships in a row and will look to get a heads-up on its main rival for a fourth.

No. 8 South Mecklenburg (5-0, 1-0 SoMeck 8) at Berry (3-2, 0-1), 7

The Sabres haven’t started this well since the 1989 team began the season 8-0 under quarterback Mac White, brother of South Meck coach Rocky White. The Sabres will get a big test on the road from Berry and quarterback Bryan Digsby, who threw for 267 yards last week against a stingy Charlotte Catholic defense.

Regional contests

No. 13 East Lincoln (5-0, 1-0 Southern District 7 2A) at Lincolnton (4-1, 1-0), 7:30

Lincoln County’s biggest rivalry resumes with high stakes. The teams are tied with Maiden and West Caldwell for first place, and county bragging rights are on the line. Lincolnton has won three in a row since losing to 3A South Point.

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