SoMeck 8 week six football preview

SoMeck 8 week six football preview

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SoMeck 8 week six football preview

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South Meck will look to win their fourth game in a row when they visit Harding.

South Meck will look to win their fourth game in a row when they visit Harding.

The Southern Meck 8 Conference begins conference play this week with four exciting games on the slate. With six teams on bye last week, the SoMeck was undefeated with Berry Academy defeating West Charlotte and Olympic hammering East Mecklenburg. Starting Friday, these teams will only face each other in a seven-game conference schedule for each school.

West Mecklenburg (1-3) at Ardrey Kell (3-1)

Both teams enter Friday’s contest after a much-needed bye week following weather-delayed games the previous week. West Meck’s new stadium has been nothing but bad luck for the Hawks, so a road trip may do Jeff Caldwell’s team some good. The Hawks’ offense has struggled, averaging a measly 14 points this season. Ardrey Kell has won three straight after a heartbreaking loss to Weddington on opening night. The Knights pulled off a thrilling victory against Cuthbertson last Monday, and the Knights know a win against West Meck sets them up for a favorable start to conference play.

USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: Ardrey Kell 27, West Mecklenburg 22

Olympic (2-2) at Providence (3-1)

Keith Wilkes and the Olympic Trojans visit Providence with momentum on their side. The Trojans have won their last two, outscoring Hopewell and East Meck a combined 70-21. Following a slow start, the Trojans have picked up steam offensively, albeit against some questionable competition. The last time we saw Providence, they escaped a furious rally from Myers Park in a wild Monday night clash. The Panthers are led by senior quarterback Caleb York, who is putting together a solid season thus far. York has thrown for 712 yards and six touchdowns to three interceptions. Tailback Brian Mattar has rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns, while hauling in five receptions for 136 yards and two scores on the season. With a week to prepare and homefield advantage, the Panthers appear poised to make it four in a row on Friday night.

USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: Providence 28, Olympic 20

Charlotte Catholic (3-1) at Berry Academy (2-2)

Charlotte Catholic enters Friday’s contest at Berry Academy with one of the most potent rushing attacks in the region. Junior Jaret Anderson leads the team with 560 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. The Cougars got off to a hot start, but were handed a heaping slice of humble pie courtesy of Mallard Creek in a 40-21 loss in the Patriotism Bowl. Berry squeezed out a 10-point victory at West Charlotte in their last game, and coach Andrew Howard is hoping the confidence will carry over into this week. If Berry can limit their mistakes and capitalize on any opportunities they’re given by Catholic, this game just doesn’t appear even on paper. Look for Catholic to get back on track with a huge victory.

USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: Charlotte Catholic 46, Berry Academy 14

South Mecklenburg (3-1) at Harding University (1-2)

After a 49-0 drubbing at the hands of Independence on opening night, South Meck has rebounded with three quality wins. The Sabres defeated Rocky River week two, and traveled to Myers Park and topped the Mustangs 21-14. The motto for the fanbase is it’s a new South Meck, and with last year’s win total already matched, that appears to be the case. A stingy defense has allowed the South Meck offense to get rolling in their victories. Following an opening night win against Garinger, the Harding University Rams have only scored 12 points. The last time we saw Harding, the Rams were crushed by a struggling East Meck squad, 58-6. Expect South Meck to stay hot and put the Rams away in convincing fashion.

USA TODAY High School Sports Predictor: South Meck 42, Harding 7

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