South Meck (0-5) at Ardrey Kell (3-1)
South Meck is struggling to get anything going against top-notch competition to this point. Quarterback Jared Joseph and Ardrey Kell are playing well and believing more and more they can be an elite team. They’ll make a statement in this one.
Winner: Ardrey Kell
Rocky River (0-3) at Butler (2-2)
Rocky River is winless, but they’ve also lost two games by less than a touchdown in each and played Mallard Creek well for a half before they were blown out. Butler got headed in the right direction with a blowout of Providence last week.
Monroe (3-1) at Charlotte Catholic (1-2)
Monroe is averaging about 370 yards of offense per game, and quarterback Matt Bennett should make both Salen Streeter and Shaleak Knotts 1,000-yard receivers. Catholic is averaging about 45 passing yards per game this season, allowing the Redhawks to load the box. This is their first game without Lamgea McDowell.
Winner: Charlotte Catholic
Charlotte Christian (2-1) at Country Day (4-1)
Charlotte Christian has found stability at quarterback with Brett Adams, allowing JB Awolowo to go back to his playmaking role. Country Day couldn’t score when it mattered most last week but are a very good football team. Christian has won eight straight in this series.
Winner: Charlotte Christian
Christ School (3-0) at Charlotte Latin (4-0)
The battle of the unbeatens for the week. Christ School has been putting up big numbers on the scoreboard and feature App. State quarterback commit Navy Shuler. Charlotte Latin has put up big numbers, too, with Charles Watson at quarterback, but this is their first real test.
Winner: Christ School
Cabarrus Warriors (1-4) at Covenant Day (1-4)
Cabarrus Warriors are a combination of Cannon and Concord First Assembly players coached by former Carolina Panthers player Brad Hoover. Covenant Day beat Hoover and Cannon School last year to get their first varsity win. Edwin Barnes is a big-time playmaker for the Lions offense.
Winner: Covenant Day
Hickory Ridge (3-1) at Independence (2-2)
Hickory Ridge comes into this one able to put points on the scoreboard in bunches, although the Bulls haven’t been great on defense. Junior running back Davion Nelson is a star, and Independence is looking like a team on the rise. If so, this is a big one to get.
Myers Park (4-0) at Garinger (0-4)
The Mustangs made a mockery of a Hough team figured to be a serious contender out of the I-Meck 4A. They will have their way this week and should have their starters on the bench and a running clock by halftime.
Winner: Myers Park
West Meck (2-2) at Providence (1-4)
West Meck is paced by running back Willie Hopper Jr., who averages over 100 yards rushing per game. Providence had trouble stopping the run last week and was held to under 100 yards of total offense. Congrats to coach Weslee Ward on his newly born daughter.
Winner: West Meck
Providence Day (4-0) at Metrolina Christian (3-2)
The Providence Day defense totally took over in their win over Country Day, and quarterback Cody Cater and receiver Jesiah Davis have a nice connection going. Metrolina Christian would make a huge statement with a win, but they have to play better defensively.
Winner: Providence Day