It was a tough week for the MeCKA last week, as the conference went 0-3 against fellow Charlotte-Mecklenburg teams. Hough put up a strong fight before eventually losing to undefeated Independence 27-17. North Mecklenburg spotted Myers Park a 15-point halftime lead before losing in exciting fashion on a failed two-point conversion 43-42. West Charlotte lost 36-26 to Berry Academy in a game many expected the Lions to win.
Robinson (0-4) at Vance (3-1)
The Bulldogs of Robinson High School got a much-needed bye week on the heels of a 32-0 loss at Mount Pleasant. The Bulldogs have struggled mightily this season, with the bright spot of the season being a 20-14 loss at Northwest Cabarrus. Vance has had an offensive explosion under first-year head coach Aaron Brand. The Cougars are averaging nearly 42 points per game, and look like a completely different team from seasons past. Joe Glass is working on turning around another bottom feeding team at Robinson, but the Bulldogs have a long way to go if they want to seriously contend in the MeCKA.
USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: Vance 42, Robinson 0
A.L. Brown (2-2) at North Meck (1-3)
It’s been an up-and-down season for Mike Newsome’s Wonders. Kannapolis regained some confidence with a 21-point victory over Berry Academy two weeks ago. The Wonders will look to take advantage of a porous North Mecklenburg defense to get the conference season off to a good start. North Mecklenburg experienced a heartbreaking loss last week, failing to convert a two-point conversion late in the game versus Myers Park. Nolan Beasley has established himself as a leader for the Vikings, and Brad Baker’s offense has played rather well with the exception of a 28-0 shutout at Independence. Newsome and his team came into his season with high expectations following a 7-5 record in 2013. Look for the Wonders to win their second straight in a high scoring game.
USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: A.L. Brown 34, North Mecklenburg 22
Hough (2-2) at Hopewell (1-3)
Hough did something no other team had done all year last week, scoring points on Independence in a 27-17 defeat. The Huskies have a plethora of talent, but their record doesn’t reflect the abundance of athletes suiting up for Miles Aldridge. The Hopewell Titans won their opener 39-0 over Garinger, but have simply been outclassed in every game since. Matthew Jenkins’ team has been able to score, and a date with Hough might not be the remedy for the Titans. Hopewell needs their best performance to keep up with the talented Huskies.
USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: Hough 35, Hopewell 14
Mallard Creek (3-1) at West Charlotte (2-2)
Despite not taking the field last week, Mallard Creek reclaimed the number one ranking in the North Carolina AP poll. The Mavericks are one of the most talented teams in the state, and appear to be poised for another deep run in the playoffs. Mike Palmieri’s club was unstoppable against a stout Charlotte Catholic team in the Patriotism Bowl, winning 40-21. West Charlotte suffered a tough loss last week, and Mo Collins’ team knows they have an uphill battle Friday. The Lions have struggled with consistency this year, which is to be expected from a team that isn’t used to winning lately. While the Lions will certainly improve throughout the season, the challenge they face Friday appears to be too much to overcome.
USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: Mallard Creek 42, West Charlotte 0