Myers Park (2-3, 0-0 Southwestern 4A) at No. 15 Rocky River (3-2, 0-0), Fri, 7: All three of Myers Park’s losses are by seven points or less. Last week, Myers Park finally won a close game, holding off North Meck 43-42. Mustangs QB Clay Norris (817 yards, 8 TDs) has completed 65 percent of his passes and will test a talented secondary led by senior DB Jaire Alexander, a nationally ranked South Carolina recruit.
No. 12 Hough (2-2, 0-0 MECKA 8) at Hopewell (1-3, 0-0), Fri, 7: This is powerhouse rivalry between neighbors. The schools are 11 miles apart in the northern end of Mecklenburg County. This will be their fifth meeting. Hough won 42-13 last season. The series is tied 2-2.
South Mecklenburg (3-1, 0-0 SoMeck 8) at Harding (1-3, 0-0), Fri, 7: The Sabres have won three in a row under coach Rocky White and have already won as many games as any South Meck team since 2011. Harding beat Garinger 48-22 to start the season but has scored only 12 points total since – in losses to West Charlotte and East Mecklenburg.
Statesville (3-1, 0-0 North Piedmont) at No. 7 Mooresville (4-0, 0-0), Fri, 7:30 p.m.: One of the biggest games of the year in Iredell County could also help decide the league championship. Statesville, a 3A team, beat Lexington 47-26 last week, while 4A Mooresville had a bye.
Liberty Christian, VA (4-1) at No. 4 Charlotte Christian (2-1), Fri, 7: Liberty Christian had a four-game losing streak snapped Saturday in a 13-8 loss to Woodberry Forest. Liberty Christian has won seven private school state titles in Virginia, including three straight in Division I. Charlotte Christian is a two-time N.C. 3A private school champ.
Langston Wertz Jr.