High School Sports

Butler-Mallard Creek headlines this week’s football games, and a recap of last week’s openers

Butler coach Brian Hales (left) and Mallard Creek’s Mike Palmieri’s teams are ranked at the top of this week’s Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 poll. The national powers meet Friday at Butler
Butler coach Brian Hales (left) and Mallard Creek’s Mike Palmieri’s teams are ranked at the top of this week’s Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 poll. The national powers meet Friday at Butler Jeff Siner

It could be an early-season meeting of the region’s two best teams Friday, when Mallard Creek visits Butler in a game that will feature N.C. high school football powers.

Mallard Creek, ranked No. 1 this week in The Observers Sweet 16, opened its season Friday night with a 7-3 road victory over South Carolina power Dillon. That snapped Dillon’s 37-game winning streak.

Butler, No. 2 in the Sweet 16, trounced visiting Olympic 55-7.

Nationally-ranked Northwestern, No. 2 in the preseason Sweet 16, fell to Rock Hill rival South Pointe 30-23 on Friday.

Here is a conference-by-conference look at Friday night’s results and a look ahead to this week:

SoMeck 8 4A

Ardrey Kell 30, Weddington 27: Luke Hefferly, making his first start at quarterback, settled down after a rocky start and threw three touchdown passes. The winning points came on a 33-yard field goal by Jarrett Wright with 12 seconds left.

East Mecklenburg 63, Berry Academy 20

Charlotte Christian 20, Charlotte Catholic 13: Brady Berger completed 16 of 29 passes for 252 yards, mostly in the second half, but the defending state 4A champion Cougars were surprised by Christian.

Hough 54, Harding 6

Butler 55, Olympic 7

Charlotte Latin 37, Providence 21: A bright spot for the Panthers was sophomore running back Nate Kibabme, who scored a second-half touchdown.

South Mecklenburg 27, Marvin Ridge 21: Travis Prince carried 19 times for 163 yards, scoring two touchdowns for the Sabres.

Vance 41, West Mecklenburg 34 (OT) West Meck had a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter before Vance rallied.

This week’s top games: South Mecklenburg and Ardrey Kell, coming off big victories over Union County competition, face strong Mecklenburg foes. South Meck is home against East Mecklenburg and Ardrey Kell visits Myers Park.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Ardrey Kell

0

0

1

0

30

27

South Meck

0

0

1

0

27

21

Berry Academy

0

0

0

1

20

63

Catholic

0

0

0

1

13

20

Harding

0

0

0

1

6

54

Olympic

0

0

0

1

7

55

Providence

0

0

0

1

21

37

West Meck

0

0

0

1

34

41

SOUTHWESTERN 4A

Butler 55, Olympic 7: Davis Cheek completed 7 of 10 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns in this rout. The Bulldogs led 55-0 at halftime.

East Mecklenburg 63, Berry Academy 20: The Eagles, with 13 starters back from a solid team last year, ran up their biggest offensive output in decades and tied a school-record for points.

Hopewell 38, Garinger 7

Dutch Fork (S.C.) 45, Independence 0: The game was delayed 90 minutes by a thunderstorm, but in the end, former Independence coach Tommy Knotts team overwhelmed the Patriots.

Myers Park 34, Charlotte Country Day 7: Quarterback Wes Bingham passed for 119 yards and ran for 39 yards, scoring a touchdown. This was the opener of Saturday’s tripleheader at Memorial Stadium.

Porter Ridge was idle.

Richmond Senior 42, Rocky River 21: The Ravens played on nearly-even terms in the first half with the powerful Raiders, but Richmond County pulled away in the second half with its big-play offense.

This week’s top games: Butler’s home game against Mallard Creek will be the state’s biggest contest. Independence, reeling from the loss at Dutch Fork, travels to powerful Scotland County, which is expected to contend for the 4A title this season. East Mecklenburg visits South Mecklenburg, which scored a big win Friday night over Marvin Ridge.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Butler

0

0

1

0

55

7

East Meck

0

0

1

0

63

20

Myers Park

0

0

1

0

34

7

Porter Ridge

0

0

0

0

0

0

Garinger

0

0

0

1

7

38

Independence

0

0

0

1

0

45

Rocky River

0

0

0

1

21

42

MECKA 4A

A.L. Brown 31, Concord 19: The Wonders pulled away in the second half in this Thursday night game.

Hopewell 38, Garinger 7

Hough 54, Harding 6: Hough led 31-6 at the half. Rashad Williams and Jarrett Nagy each scored two touchdowns.

Mallard Creek 7, Dillon (S.C.) 3: Mallard Creek stopped Dillon four times inside the 10-yard line in a game loaded with penalties and strange plays.

Lake Norman 34, North Mecklenburg 12

Vance 41, West Mecklenburg 34 (OT): Vance rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit. West Meck Quarterback Richard Lattimer accounted for more than 300 yards offense.

Southeast Guilford 30, West Charlotte 13

This week’s games: Hough and Hopewell have tough tests, visiting Iredell County powers. Hough faces Mooresville, which is coming off a 12-8 loss at West Rowan; and Hopewell faces Lake Norman, a big winner over North Mecklenburg.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

A.L. Brown

0

0

1

0

31

19

Hopewell

0

0

1

0

38

7

Hough

0

0

1

0

54

6

Mallard Creek

0

0

1

0

7

3

Vance

0

0

1

0

41

34

North Meck

0

0

0

1

12

34

West Charlotte

0

0

0

1

13

30

CISAA

Charlotte Christian 20, Charlotte Catholic 13: This was a statement win for Christian, knocking off the defending state 4A champion. Quarterback Garrett Shrader passed for 159 yards.

Charlotte Latin 37, Providence 21: Latin became the first Mecklenburg private school to beat a 4A Meck public opponent. Demarkes Stradford ran back a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and accounted for 218 total yards.

Providence 34, Country Day 7: Quarterback Wes Bingham was a bright spot for the Bucs, throwing for 119 yards and running for 39.

Forestview 27, Providence Day 6

This week’s top games: Latin looks to go 2-0, entertaining Pittsboro Northwood. Providence Day has the tough task of visiting Charlotte Catholic, a week after the Cougars’ loss to Christian.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Clt. Christian

0

0

1

0

20

13

Clt. Latin

0

0

1

0

37

21

Country Day

0

0

0

1

7

34

Providence Day

0

0

0

1

6

27

SOUTHEASTERN 4A

Richmond Senior 42, Rocky River 21: The Raiders rallied in the second half, averting a potential upset loss.

Scotland County 13, Hope Mills South View 0

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Lumberton

0

0

1

0

40

0

Pinecrest

0

0

1

0

34

0

Richmond

0

0

1

0

42

21

Scotland

0

0

1

0

41

7

Hoke

0

0

0

1

20

38

Purnell Swett

0

0

0

1

8

11

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A

It was a rough week for the league, with only Lenoir Hibriten winning. Freedom and Hickory lost to teams expected to contend for state titles.

Maiden 53, Fred T. Foard 0

Shelby 49, Freedom 0

Hibriten 56, East Burke 0: Chris Scott scored three touchdowns for the winners.

Statesville 40, Hickory 20

Waynesville Tuscola 68, Patton 34: This game featured more than 800 yards total offense. Patton quarterback Joe Eakin rushed for 162 yards.

West Iredell 45, St. Stephens 24

Bandys 46, South Caldwell 24

Alexander Central 46, Watauga 35: Corey Wests 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was a highlight for the Pioneers.

Next weeks top games: Hibriten, fresh off a big victory against East Burke, faces powerful Maiden.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Hibriten

0

0

1

0

56

0

Fred T. Foard

0

0

0

1

0

53

Freedom

0

0

0

1

0

49

Hickory

0

0

0

1

20

40

Patton

0

0

0

1

34

68

St. Stephens

0

0

0

1

24

35

South Caldwell

0

0

0

1

24

46

Watauga

0

0

0

1

35

46

NORTH PIEDMONT 3A-4A

Alexander Central 46, Watauga 35: Bryson Godfrey ran for more than 100 yards and scored on an 85-yard kickoff return for Alexander Central.

Lake Norman 34, North Mecklenburg 12

West Rowan 12, Mooresville 8: Mooresville scored on its opening play, when Chris Murrell threw 68 yards to Davis Jay. But the Blue Devils’ offense was stifled the rest of the way.

Wilkes Central 22, North Iredell 18: A late rally by North Iredell fell short.

Lincolnton 63, North Lincoln 7

Pfafftown Reagan 21, South Iredell 7

Statesville 40, Hickory 20: Quarterback Jai Hogue ran 16 times for 133 yards, scoring five touchdowns for Statesville.

West Iredell 45, St. Stephens 24

This week’s top games: Lake Norman hosts Hopewell, with both teams coming off big opening victories.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Alexander

0

0

1

0

46

35

Lake Norman

0

0

1

0

34

12

Statesville

0

0

1

0

40

20

West Iredell

0

0

1

0

45

24

Mooresville

0

0

0

1

8

12

North Iredell

0

0

0

1

18

22

North Lincoln

0

0

0

1

7

63

South Iredell

0

0

0

1

7

21

SOUTH PIEDMONT 3A

Carson was idle.

Central Cabarrus 34, Mount Pleasant 14: The Vikings rallied from a 14-13 deficit in the second quarter. Johari Young scored two touchdowns, and Josh Faulkner scored on a 40-yard interception return.

A.L. Brown 31, Concord 19

Cox Mill was idle.

North Rowan 28, East Rowan 14

Hickory Ridge 14, Piedmont 0: Jason Seidels’ debut as head coach was a success, as the Bulls forced four Piedmont turnovers.

Jay M. Robinson 49, Northwest Cabarrus 0: In the opening game of league play this season, Baarkaiar Anderson scored twice on passes in the second quarter. The Bulldogs scored 28 points in the second quarter.

Salisbury 35, South Rowan 9

West Rowan 12, Mooresville 8: Kortez Weeks threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Javon Quarles with 1:49 left, capping a 70-yard drive for the winning points.

This week’s top games: Jay M. Robinson visits Central Cabarrus in another conference game. Both teams are potential playoff squads. West Rowan travels to potentially strong Davie County.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Jay M. Robinson

1

0

1

0

49

0

C. Cabarrus

0

0

1

0

34

14

Hickory Ridge

0

0

1

0

14

12

West Rowan

0

0

1

0

12

8

Carson

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cox Mill

0

0

0

0

0

0

Concord

0

0

0

1

19

31

East Rowan

0

0

0

1

14

28

South Rowan

0

0

0

1

9

35

NW Cabarrus

0

1

0

1

0

49

SOUTHERN CAROLINA 3A

Anson 20, Forest Hills 13: The Bearcats lived up to their billing as an improved team, edging their neighboring rivals.

Cuthbertson 66, Victory Christian 6: Running back Kendrick Ivey rushed eight times for 95 yards and two touchdowns, and he returned a kickoff 81 yards for another score. Wide receiver J.T. Cauthen caught two touchdown passes.

South Mecklenburg 27, Marvin Ridge 21: Caleb Deveaux rushed 27 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a losing cause.

Hickory Ridge 14, Piedmont 0: Piedmont’s offense was shut down by the Hickory Ridge defense.

Sun Valley 45, Monroe 37: Coach Tad Baucom’s Spartans upended the defending state 2AA champions, with quarterback Sam Howell scoring on a 50-yard run late in the game.

Ardrey Kell 30, Weddington 27: Wil Brunson rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard run for the Warriors.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Anson

0

0

1

0

20

13

Cuthbertson

0

0

1

0

66

6

Sun Valley

0

0

1

0

45

37

Marvin Ridge

0

0

0

1

21

27

Piedmont

0

0

0

1

0

14

Weddington

0

0

0

1

27

30

BIG SOUTH 2A-3A

The big story here was South Point’’s victory against two-time defending state 3AA champion Crest.

Clover 48, Ashbrook 13

Bessemer City 44, East Gaston 20: Nick Ferens threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Malik Davis, but the Warriors’ defense was shredded by Bessemer City.

Forestview 27, Providence Day 6: Jayveon Love rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including one of 81 yards.

East Lincoln 14, Hunter Huss 13

Lake Norman Charter 27, Hickory Grove Christian 3: Sean Dugan ran 14 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and Josh Roach made 11 tackles.

Kings Mountain 54, North Gaston 10

South Point 27, Crest 12: Crest’s 32-game winning streak was snapped. Jake Alexander carried 40 times for 131 yards for South Point.

Stuart Cramer 20, Cherryville 6

This week’s top game: Ashbrook has the unenviable task of visiting Crest, which had its 32-game winning streak shattered by South Point. Lake Norman Charter will be a big favorite at home against Union Academy.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Forestview

0

0

1

0

27

6

L. Norman Ch.

0

0

1

0

27

3

South Point

0

0

1

0

27

12

Stuart Cramer

0

0

1

0

20

6

Ashbrook

0

0

0

1

13

48

East Gaston

0

0

0

1

20

44

Hunter Huss

0

0

0

1

13

14

North Gaston

0

0

0

1

10

54

SOUTH MOUNTAIN 2A-3A

Burns 51, Pickens (S.C.): Carolina Wildcats 6 Burns led 51-0 at halftime.

Chase was idle

South Point 27, Crest 12: Crest’s 32-game winning streak snapped.

Draughn 27, West Lincoln 14: Bryson Lambert threw two touchdown passes to A.J. Juhnke.

Hibriten 56, East Burke 0

East Rutherford 41, East Henderson 0

Kings Mountain 54, North Gaston 10

McDowell 41, R-S Central 21

Shelby 49, Freedom 0

This week’s big games: East Burke faces rival Patton on the road. Shelby visits powerhouse A.C. Reynolds in Asheville. Crest tries to rebound against visiting Ashbrook.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Burns

0

0

1

0

51

6

Draughn

0

0

1

0

27

14

E. Rutherford

0

0

1

0

41

0

Kings Mountain

0

0

1

0

54

10

Shelby

0

0

1

0

49

0

Chase

0

0

0

0

0

0

Crest

0

0

0

1

12

27

East Burke

0

0

0

1

0

56

R-S Central

0

0

0

1

21

41

SOUTHERN DISTRICT 7 2A

Bandys 46, South Caldwell 24

North Stanly 55, Bunker Hill 16

East Lincoln 14, Hunter Huss 13: Coach Mike Byers earned his 200th career victory.

Lincolnton 63, North Lincoln 7: Cordell Littlejohn completed 13 of 17 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Transfer Sage Surratt caught one touchdown pass.

Maiden 53, Fred T. Foard 0: Quarterback Caleb Farley ran for four touchdowns in Will Byrnes’ debut as head coach.

Newton-Conover 73, Highland Tech 0

West Caldwell 41, North Wilkes 12

Draughn 27, West Lincoln 14

This week’s big games: In one of the region’s biggest games, Maiden will host powerhouse Lenoir Hibriten. Lincolnton’s high-powered offense has a big test at 3A state title contender South Point.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Bandys

0

0

1

0

46

24

East Lincoln

0

0

1

0

14

13

Lincolnton

0

0

1

0

63

7

Maiden

0

0

1

0

53

0

Newton-Conover

0

0

1

0

73

0

West Caldwell

0

0

1

0

41

12

Bunker Hill

0

0

0

1

16

55

West Lincoln

0

0

0

1

14

27

ROCKY RIVER 2A

Mountain Island Charter 35, Central Academy 9

Anson 20, Forest Hills 13: Cory Smith lost in his coaching debut at Forest Hills.

Sun Valley 45, Monroe 37: The host Redhawks got a big game from quarterback Zeph Wall, including a 64-yard touchdown run late in the game.

Central Cabarrus 34, Mount Pleasant 13: The Tigers led 14-13 in the second quarter but faded.

Parkwood 41, Union Academy 6

West Stanly 30, South Stanly 0

This week’s top games: Three of the league’s teams face strong 3A competition from inside their county. Parkwood hosts explosive Cuthbertson, Monroe visits strong Marvin Ridge, and Forest Hills is at always-tough Weddington.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Parkwood

0

0

1

0

41

6

West Stanly

0

0

1

0

30

0

Central Academy

0

0

0

1

9

35

Forest Hills

0

0

0

1

13

20

Monroe

0

0

0

1

37

45

Mount Pleasant

0

0

0

1

13

34

CENTRAL CAROLINA 2A

North Rowan 28, East Rowan 14: Kicker Jacob Young booted two field goals and kept the Mustangs bottled deep in their territory much of the game.

Salisbury 33, South Rowan 9: Trell Baker scored on passes of 50 and 70 yards and on a 23-yard touchdown run.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

East Davidson

0

0

1

0

26

0

Lexington

0

0

1

0

41

21

North Rowan

0

0

1

0

28

14

Salisbury

0

0

1

0

35

9

Thomasville

0

0

1

0

55

6

West Davidson

0

0

0

1

0

29

SOUTHERN PIEDMONT 1A

Bessemer City 44, East Gaston 20: Kevin Goodwin scored two touchdowns and ran for 155 yards in the Yellow Jackets’ first season-opening victory in 21 years.

Stuart Cramer 20, Cherryville 6

Winston-Salem Bishop McGuinness 35, Community School of Davidson 34

Newton-Conover 73, Highland Tech 0

Mountain Island Charter 35, Central Academy of Monroe 9

Pine Lake Prep 44, South Davidson 16: Running back Taylor Hochman of PLP scored on runs of 65 and 38 yards, and teammate Will Harwood had touchdown runs of 65 and 32 yards.

Thomas Jefferson Academy was idle.

This week’s top games: Mountain Island Charter visits Bessemer City in a conference game that could show if the Yellow Jackets are for real. Pine Lake Prep visits a strong West Wilkes team.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Bessemer City

0

0

1

0

44

20

Mtn. Island Ch.

0

0

1

0

35

9

Pine Lake Prep

0

0

1

0

44

16

Thomas Jeff Ac.

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cherryville

0

0

0

1

6

20

Comm. Sch. of Davidson

0

0

0

1

34

35

Highland Tech

0

0

0

1

0

73

YADKIN VALLEY 1A

Thomasville 55, Albemarle 6

East Montgomery 56, Union Pines 29

North Stanly 55, Bunker Hill 16

Pine Lake Prep 44, South Davidson 16

West Stanly 30, South Stanly 0

Parkwood 41, Union Academy 6

West Montgomery 70, Jordan-Matthews 32

This week’s top games: Albemarle, reeling from its lopsided loss to Thomasville, must travel to a Concord team that is trying to bounce back from a setback by rival A.L. Brown. West Montgomery faces a test from visiting West Stanly, a strong 2A school.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

E. Montgomery

0

0

1

0

56

29

North Moore

0

0

1

0

34

15

North Stanly

0

0

1

0

55

16

W. Montgomery

0

0

1

0

70

32

Albemarle

0

0

0

1

6

55

Chatham Central

0

0

0

1

0

48

S. Davidson

0

0

0

1

16

44

South Stanly

0

0

0

1

0

30

Union Academy

0

0

0

1

6

41

OTHER N.C. INDEPENDENTS

Cannon School 13, North Raleigh Christian 7: Chris Nelson and Gabe Ortiz scored touchdowns for Cannon School.

Carolina Pride 41, Cabarrus Stallions 20: Ezekiel Anthony ran for two touchdowns, and Jay Halverson kicked a field goal for the winners.

Statesville Christian 72, Christ the King 0: This was a tough start for Mecklenburg’s new Catholic high school.

Asheville Erwin 41, Davidson Day 28

Concord First Assembly 34, Metrolina Christian 32 The winners scored the decisive touchdown with 40 seconds left.

Lake Norman Charter 27, Hickory Grove Christian 3

New Covenant Knights 64, Great Falls (SC) 13

Northside Christian 50, Fayetteville Christian 0: Northside got two touchdowns from Tanner Tally.

Trinity Christian 32, Southlake Christian 8: Rafe Morgan scored two touchdowns for the victors, who led 32-0 at halftime.

Cuthbertson 66, Victory Christian 6

All

W

L

PF

PA

Cannon School

1

0

13

7

Carolina Pride

1

0

41

20

Concord First Assembly

1

0

34

32

New Covenant Knights

1

0

64

13

Northside Christian

1

0

50

0

Statesville Christian

1

0

72

0

Cabarrus Stallions

0

1

20

41

Christ the King

0

1

0

72

Davidson Day

0

1

28

41

Hick. Grove Christian

0

1

3

27

Metrolina Christian

0

1

32

34

Southlake Christian

0

1

8

32

Victory Christian

0

1

6

66

SOUTH CAROLINA

REGION 4 5A

Clover 48, Ashbrook 13

Spring Valley 21, Fort Mill 13

Nation Ford 28, Irmo 27

South Pointe 30, Northwestern 23: A surprising setback for Northwestern, which entered the game nationally ranked.

Blythewood 27, Rock Hill 20: This game was played Saturday morning because of a Friday night storm.

This week’s top games : Nation Ford won’t have long to celebrate its victory over Irmo, with a road trip to powerful South Pointe. Northwestern visits always-tough Dorman.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Clover

0

0

1

0

48

13

Nation Ford

0

0

1

0

28

27

Fort Mill

0

0

0

1

13

21

Northwestern

0

0

0

1

23

30

Rock Hill

0

0

0

1

20

27

REGION 3 4A

Lancaster 47, Indian Land 10

South Point 30, Northwestern 23

York was idle.

This week’s big game: York visits Rock Hill in a York County rivalry.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Lancaster

0

0

1

0

47

10

Ridge View

0

0

1

0

22

15

South Pointe

0

0

1

0

30

23

Westwood

0

0

1

0

23

20

Richland NE

0

0

0

0

0

0

York

0

0

0

0

0

0

REGION 4 3A

Blythewood Westwood 23, Chester 20: Chester made a bit of history, being the first team to face Westwood in football.

Lancaster 47, Indian Land 10

This week’s top games: Chester hosts Franklin Christian Academy, the new football-playing school from Rock Hill.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Camden

0

0

1

0

49

27

Fairfield Central

0

0

1

0

42

14

Columbia

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chester

0

0

0

1

20

23

Indian Land

0

0

0

1

10

47

REGION 4 2A

Lewisville 34, Andrew Jackson 6

Buford 35, Rock Hill Franklin Christian Academy 6

Next weeks top games: Buford visits Lancaster County foe Indian Land.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Buford

0

0

1

0

35

6

Cheraw

0

0

1

0

32

6

Lee Central

0

0

1

0

46

0

North Central

0

0

1

0

33

6

Central Pageland

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chesterfield

0

0

0

0

0

0

Andrew Jackson

0

0

0

1

6

34

REGION 2 1A

New Covenant Knights 64, Great Falls 13

Lewisville 36, Andrew Jackson 6

This week’s top game: Lewisville is home against a tough Blacksburg team.

League

All

W

L

W

L

PF

PA

Lamar

0

0

1

0

41

3

Lewisville

0

0

1

0

36

6

McBee

0

0

1

0

28

14

Great Falls

0

0

0

1

13

64

Timmonsville

0

0

0

1

6

27

S.C. INDEPENDENTS

Buford 55, Rock Hill Franklin Christian Academy 6: Franklin Christian Academy is 0-1 this season.

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