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
Butler (1-1) at Richmond (2-0)
Butler caught a Mallard Creek team looking to make a statement, and they did at the Bulldogs’ expense. Richmond will be another very tough test as they’ve outscored their opponents 81-2 this season.
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
Charlotte Christian (1-1) at Pace Academy (1-1)
Charlotte Christian doesn’t get blown out and embarrassed at home the way they were last week, although starting quarterback Matthew Tuomala and running back Henry Rutledge missed the game. They’ll head to Atlanta to try get back on track this week.
Winner: Charlotte Christian
Hammond (1-1) at Country Day (2-0)
Quentin Cooper has run for over 100 yards in both Country Day wins, Stephen Payne has an interception on defense and is averaging 25 yards per catch, Andrew Wilks is leading the D and the Bucs are 2-0, although they’ve had little resistance. Hammond likely won’t, either.
Winner: Country Day
Charlotte Latin (2-0) at Catawba Ridge (2-0)
Catawba Ridge is the feelgood story of S.C. as Fort Mill’s newest school is 2-0 and playing well. Latin is 2-0, but lost starting QB Jake Helfrich for the year. Starting in a hostile place in your first start isn’t the spot to break in a backup.
Winner: Catawba Ridge
Pine Lake Prep (2-0) at Covenant Day (0-2)
The Covenant Day Lions got a week to regroup after a tough start against NCISAA Division II powers Country Day and Latin. The Pride love to run the football and will test David Billiard and the Lions’ line, but the 1A school has a history of success and will be a challenge.
Winner: Pine Lake Prep
Independence (2-0) at Olympic (1-1)
Independence’s offense was supposed to be good and have been, but that defense is turning some heads – mine included – with the way they dominated South Meck. Olympic was smothered by Myers Park in Week 1 but got back on track last week.
Providence (1-1) at Myers Park (1-0)
Providence came back down after an opening night, but the Panthers have lots of talent. However, no team in the state may have as much talent and be as deep in their top dozen players as Myers Park.
Winner: Myers Park
Mallard Creek (1-0-1) at Rocky River (0-1)
Defense was the name of the game for Rocky River, who held Huss to zero offensive points. However, the Ravens threw a pick-6 interception that did them in during the 7-3 loss. Mallard Creek will prevail.
Winner: Mallard Creek
Weddington (2-0) at South Meck (0-2)
Weddington is the defending 3-AA champs and have 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.