High School Sports

10 games to watch as high school football season kicks off Friday

Mallard Creek receiver Ryan Jones and the Mavericks will visit Dillon, which has won 37 consecutive games.
Mallard Creek receiver Ryan Jones and the Mavericks will visit Dillon, which has won 37 consecutive games. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

(Records listed are from 2015 season)

Mallard Creek (14-2) at Dillon, S.C. (12-3), 7:30 p.m.: The three-time reigning N.C. 4AA champs visit the four-time reigning S.C. 2A kings, winners of 37 straight. USA Today has it among the nation’s top five games this weekend.

Marvin Ridge (8-4) at South Mecklenburg (9-3), 7 p.m.: The Mavericks, a 3AA state contender loaded with college prospects, visit a Sabre team featuring three-year quarterback Antonio Wallace.

Independence (8-5) at Dutch Fork, S.C. (9-4), 7:30 p.m.: The Patriots changed head coaches a week ago and now face a team led by Tom Knotts, who coached Independence to six state titles between 2000 and 2007.

Lake Norman (8-4) at North Mecklenburg (7-5), 7 p.m.: The visiting Wildcats and quarterback Cole Ladowski face a Vikings program coming off its best season in four years.

Weddington (11-3) at Ardrey Kell (7-6), 7 p.m.: A 3AA power in recent years, Weddington’s experienced defense will test new Knights quarterback Luke Hefferly.

Crest (16-0) at South Point (13-3), 7:30 p.m.: Defending 3AA state champs visit last year’s 3A runner-up, led by standout linebacker Nick Muse.

South Pointe (15-0) at Northwestern (13-2), 7:30 p.m.: A meeting of S.C. powers and Rock Hill rivals – and Northwestern’s debut with longtime assistant Dave Pierce as coach.

Mooresville (8-4) at West Rowan (10-4), 7:30 p.m.: Mooresville visits a perennial power with a new head coach and eight returning starters.

Richmond Senior (11-1) at Rocky River (4-7), 7 p.m.: With a 12 starters back, the host Ravens hope to make a statement against an iconic N.C. football power.

Davidson Day (12-0) at Asheville Clyde Erwin (7-5), 7:30 p.m.: The Patriots visit a perennial mountain power – and, at 3A, a much bigger school.

Steve Lyttle

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