As the North Carolina high school football regular season comes to a close, it’s time to look at those teams that are preparing for postseason play. Here are two key match-ups from the South Meck 8 4A conference to look forward to this week:
Ardrey Kell (6-3) AT Charlotte Catholic (8-1)
The Knights will face a Charlotte-Mecklenburg giant when they take on the Cougars, who are 5-0 in conference play.
Ardrey Kell won their last game 56-6 over the Phillip O Berry Cardinals, with junior quarterback Luke Hefferly throwing an impressive five touchdowns. The biggest test will be for their defense, which has struggled against the run. Even though they held Berry to six points, it will be a much more difficult task going up against the Cougars’ high- powered offense.
Catholic won big against a depleted West Mecklenburg team last week, who was without its star quarterback Richard Latimer, who missed the game due to a concussion. Their defense had 5.5 sacks and held West Meck to just six points. They will have to put that type of pressure on Hefferly if they hope to slow him and the rest of the Knights offense down Friday night.
This looks to be an exciting game, as these two teams fight to win the conference. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Harding University (4-5) AT Olympic (3-6)
The Rams square off against the Trojans as they make their first playoff push in nearly
Olympic came away with the big upset over South Mecklenburg last week, routing the Sabres 43-14. Junior quarterback Dylan Earney didn’t have the best passing game, throwing two interceptions. Junior Elias Crawford carried his team, pounding the ball on the ground for 240 yards and three scores. Harding is good at stuffing the run, so if the Trojans hope to win their second straight game as underdogs, they will have to do it through the air.
Harding won big last week against the Providence Panthers, beating the team for the first time since 1992. In their last three games they have scored a total of 150 points. This is in large part due to their two-headed offensive monster that features sophomore running back Quavaris Crouch, and senior ATH JaQuan Rankins, who have helped build Harding’s confidence after their 1-10 finish last season.
A win for Harding will bring them to .500 for the season and would also keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Staff Writer for TCSB