Porter Ridge (4-1) at Butler (3-2)
Porter Ridge has found continuity in its run game and has reeled off four straight wins behind Brandon Perry and his nine rushing TDs. Butler wants to run the ball, too, behind its big line and star back Jamal Worthy. Whoever runs the ball better wins this crucial Southwestern 4A matchup.
Winner: Porter Ridge
Charlotte Catholic (2-2) at Weddington (5-0)
Charlotte Catholic seemed to get back on track with a dominating defensive effort and punishing ground attack with Paul Neel. Weddington hasn’t taken their foot off the gas pedal since winning it all last year. The winner will likely win the Southern Carolinas Conference.
Metrolina Christian (3-3) at Covenant Day (2-4)
Metrolina Christian has had a brutal schedule over the past few weeks and are awaiting a breakout game where their offense can run wild. David Billiard had three sacks in the Covenant Day win this week, but their defense needs another good performance here.
Winner: Metrolina Christian
Cuthbertson (3-2) at Piedmont (1-3)
Cuthbertson has been a nice early season story, and this week will look to get their first conference win before the heavyweights come calling. Piedmont is searching for a little more balance in its passing game.
Marvin Ridge (2-3) at Monroe (3-2)
This is a big one for goth teams. Monroe is coming off a humbling 41-10 loss to Charlotte Catholic, but is dangerous offensively. Marvin Ridge got a blowout win over Piedmont last week and would love to get a win streak going.
Sun Valley (1-4) at Parkwood (4-1)
Sun Valley has lost its last two games by a combined score of 80-6, so they could really use something to go right or this year will get away from the Spartans quickly. Quarterback Brock Cain and the Rebels are turning some heads in Rough Edge.
Union Academy (3-1) at Mountain Island Charter (3-2)
Union Academy running back Isaac King has run for 931 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging a whopping 18.6 yards per carry. The Raptors feature North Carolina commit Elijah Burris has run for 744 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging more than 11 yards per carry. Whoever has the best night likely leads their team to the win.
Winner: Union Academy