It’s the final week of the regular season, and conference titles are on the line for several Union County teams.
The marquee matchup involving county teams this week sees Weddington travel to Marvin Ridge to take on the Mavericks. Whoever wins Friday between the Warriors (8-1, 4-0 SCC) and Mavericks (7-1, 4-0 SCC) will win the Southern Carolina Conference championship.
The Mavericks enter Friday night on a five-game winning streak. Head coach Aubrey Carter’s team has been led offensively by sophomore quarterback Evan Medders, who has totaled over 1,500 yards of total offense and has accounted for 20 touchdowns so far this season. Marvin Ridge also boasts one of the top defenses in the county, as they’ve allowed opponents just 12.1 points per game this fall.
Weddington currently has the top defense in the county, as the Warriors are allowing 8.8 points per game this season. Head coach Andy Capone’s team also features the top offensive attack in the county led by the trio of senior quarterback Grady Brosterhous, senior running back Kyle Parsons and senior receiver Landyn Backey.
The Warriors have won three of the past four meetings with the Mavericks, including a 52-7 win in their last meeting in 2019.
Forest Hills at Monroe
The Rocky River Conference title is on the line when the Forest Hills football team travels to take on Monroe Friday. The Yellow Jackets (6-3, 2-1 RRC) need a win to tie the Redhawks (5-1, 3-0) in the Rocky River Conference standings and create a potential three-way tie between Monroe, Forest Hills and Parkwood.
Monroe is coming off a 48-0 victory over West Stanly last week. The Redhawks totaled over 475 yards of offense, while junior quarterback Khamoni Robinson was 10-of-15 for 206 yards and three touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets have won three games in a row since falling to Parkwood on Oct. 1.
Monroe has won its past nine overall meetings against Forest Hills. The last time the Yellow Jackets defeated the Redhawks was on Nov. 5, 2010.
Sun Valley at Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge looks for its third straight win with a home game against Sun Valley.
The Pirates are coming off a 56-0 win over Piedmont last week, when they rushed for 334 yards and six touchdowns.
Sun Valley (2-7, 1-3 SCC) enters Friday night on a two-game losing streak. Regardless of Friday’s result, the Spartans will likely miss the state playoffs for the third season in a row.
Sun Valley junior running back Toney McFadden has rushed for a county-high 11 touchdowns this season.
Piedmont at Cuthbertson
Cuthbertson hosts Piedmont on Friday. The Cavaliers are currently 3-6 overall and 1-3 in SCC play.
Cuthbertson has lost three games in n a row, though those losses have come against the top three teams in the SCC — Weddington, Marvin Ridge and Porter Ridge. Piedmont (2-7, 0-4 SCC), meanwhile, has lost five games in a row and will likely miss the state playoffs even with a win Friday.
Cuthbertson is 10-2 all-time against Piedmont and has won the past 10 games in the series. The Panthers last defeated the Cavaliers on Oct. 1, 2010.
Odds and ends ...
... Metrolina Christian Academy (8-1) hosts Wake Christian Academy (2-6) on Friday. The Warriors enter the game on a six-game winning streak.
... Union Academy closes its season Friday at home against South Stanly. The Cardinals (0-9) have lost their nine games this season by an average of 48.9 points per game.