Marvin Ridge (1-0) at Ardrey Kell (1-1)
Ardrey Kell looked like they put it all together in a blowout win over East Meck, but this will be a much bigger test. Marvin Ridge dominated in their season opener and will test the Knights’ dominant secondary. The series is tied at 5, but Ardrey Kell has lost two straight.
Winner: Ardrey Kell
Archbishop Rummel (1-0) at Charlotte Catholic (1-1)
Charlotte Catholic losing was big news, but losing two in a row is unheard of. If Archbishop Rummel tries to take away the run game, they may have a chance. If not, the Cougars will run their way to a bounceback win.
Winner: Charlotte Catholic
Weddington (2-0) at South Meck (0-2)
Weddington is the defending 3-AA champs and has come out rolling behind all-world running back Will Shipley, who will be worth the price of admission. The way South Meck played last week, they’re offense may not.
Anson (0-2) at Cuthbertson (2-0)
Cuthbertson joined the Super 7 rankings for the first time this week and appear to be for real. We won’t know this week, however, because Anson has been outscored 68-24 this season and will likely be a pushover.
Parkwood (1-1) at Forest Hills (1-1)
Parkwood struggled on the road at Cox Mill last week, but Brock and Austin Cain are as dynamic a duo as there is in the county. Forest Hills won a 37-34 shootout over Red Springs and has stars, too, with Tyquan Rushing and Tyquan Rushing.
Word of God (0-1) at Metrolina Christian (1-1)
Jadus Davis, Angel Gonzalez and the rest of the Metrolina offense put up big points, but couldn’t stop anyone, especially Cuthbertson running back AJ Colombo who scored four times on them. This schedule filler is nothing more than a get-right game for the Warriors.
Winner: Metrolina Christian
Monroe (1-1) at Jay M. Robinson (1-1)
Monroe will need to bounce back from their first defeat of the season. This feels like the perfect game for Salen Streeter, Shaleak Knotts and the Redhawks offense to run wild. Jay M. Robinson just got slammed by Marvin Ridge and should be ripe for the taking.
Porter Ridge (0-1) at Piedmont (1-0)
Porter Ridge looked like world beaters at times against Weddington, but first-game jitters got a hold of Mason Cox and the offense a little too often. After getting washed out in Week 1, the Pirates got coach John Castator his first career win. He’d love to add another.
Winner: Porter Ridge
Sun Valley (0-2) at Concord (0-2)
Sun Valley is taking its time getting going in the first two weeks of the season. Losing 38-3 to Central Cabarrus isn’t a good look. Luckily for Spartans fans who may be panicking, the Concord Spiders are winless and have been outscored 84-21 in two games.
Winner: Sun Valley
Union Academy (0-1) at Lake Norman Charter (0-2)
Isaac King ran 15 times for 155 yards and a touchdown, but his Cardinals teammates couldn’t match that intensity. Lake Norman Charter is a 2A school, but the Knights have been outscored 75-30 in their first two games.
Winner: Union Academy
– Andrew Stark