No. 5 A.L. Brown (7-1, 2-1 MECKA) at No. 6 Mallard Creek (7-2, 3-1), 7
Brown enters the game after a 21-7 home loss to Hough last week and now faces the two-time reigning N.C. 4AA champion. A.L. Brown must win to keep league title hopes alive. Mallard Creek beat Vance in overtime last week and will try to stay just one game in the loss column behind Hough (7-1, 3-0).
Independence (5-3, 3-0 Southwestern 4A) at Myers Park (5-3, 2-1), 7
After an 0-2 start, the Patriots have quietly won three in a row and five of their past six games. Independence leads Butler (7-2, 3-1) and Myers Park in a tight league championship race. The Mustangs, winners of three of their past four games, will try to move into position for a league title Friday.
Providence Day (5-3, 1-0 CISAA) at Charlotte Country Day (3-5, 0-2), 7
Providence Day is a surprise team this season under first-year coach Adam Hastings. The Chargers can win Friday and set up a conference championship game next week against Charlotte Christian (5-3, 2-0).
No. 13 Concord (7-1, 6-0 South Piedmont) at West Rowan (7-1, 6-0), 7:30 p.m.
Concord has won seven straight since losing 25-16 to 4A A.L. Brown. West Rowan has also won seven straight since losing 28-26 to 4A Mooresville to start the season. The winner will get sole possession of first place in the conference with just a few weeks to play.
Fort Mill Nation Ford (5-3, 2-1 Region III 4A) at Rock Hill Northwestern (7-1, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern is the new No. 1 4A team in South Carolina after nationally ranked Spartanburg was shocked by Boiling Springs last week. Northwestern leads Nation Ford and Gaffney by one game. The game will match two of the region’s top quarterbacks: Northwestern’s Gage Moloney (2,023 passing yards) and Nation Ford’s Cole Martin (2,924), who ranks No. 7 nationally.