(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.