The schedule is loaded with can’t-miss games every week and it’ll be tough to decide where I should spend my Friday nights. I assume most fans are loyal to their school, but these are the games I’m most looking forward to because of the rivalries and for what they could potentially mean come playoff time.
Butler vs. Hough; Charlotte Christian vs. Sun Valley
The season kicks off with a pair of games at the Matthews Sportsplex, which is a great venue to watch anything. The heavyweights will be out in full force here. Hough’s Evan Pryor is one of the state’s best running backs, but Butler can run the ball themselves.
In the early game, the Knights have never shied away from competition but must stop Sun Valley’s star receiver Gavin Blackwell to keep their 21-game win streak intact.
Myers Park vs. Olympic
There is much expected of the Mustangs this season, and rightfully so. They need to get off on the right foot against Olympic because their bye week comes in the second week of the season so they better go into feeling pretty good about Week 1.
Butler at Mallard Creek; South Meck at Independence
Butler and Mallard Creek is always must-see football. These two powerhouses don’t like each other at all, but there’s always respect when they face off. Former Butler running back Quasean Holmes is now Mallard Creek’s main ball carrier, which should be fun.
South Meck and Independence will be interesting for a number of reasons. First, the Patriots are expected to be pretty good, but former Indy coach Joe Evans could score a big upset for his new Sabre team with an upset.
Providence Day at Metrolina Christian
Providence Day is expected to challenge for the NCISAA Division I title while the Warriors nearly won the Division II title last year. A Metrolina win would validate that this is most certainly a program on the rise.
Charlotte Catholic at Weddington
The Cougars are the defending NCHSAA 3-A champs while Weddington won the 3-AA crowns. The running back and linebacker play in this game will be phenomenal, but the Warriors will be upset-minded with star Will Shipley.
Butler at Myers Park
This is quickly becoming one of the best rivalries in the state as the two jockey for Southwestern 4A supremacy. Coaches Brian Hales and Scott Chadwick are two of the very best in the business and will have their teams amped for this one.
Charlotte Christian at Providence Day; Country Day at Latin
These games could be previews of the NCISAA Division I (Christian vs Providence Day) and Division II (Latin vs. Country Day) finals. Country Day won last year after upsetting Latin, and the Chargers have hopes of knocking off the mighty Knights.
Independence at Rocky River
These two conference rivals so don’t like each other that last season there was an on-field scrum that led to the teams forfeiting the rest of the season. There won’t be another incident, but the game will be intense and could be for third place in the Southwestern 4A as both teams should be much better than in 2018.
Ardrey Kell at Providence
These two teams meet on the last day of the season with potentially everything on the line in the So. Meck 7. They are bitter rivals to begin with, but if there is more on the line this could be the game of the year.