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Greyhounds at Vikings

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Statesville 6-0 (0-0); South Iredell 2-4 (0-0)

Last week: Both teams had their open dates.

Last year’s meeting: The Vikings scored 14 unanswered points during the fourth quarter and left Greyhound Hollow with a 20-19 win in the teams’ North Piedmont Conference opener. The teams went on to share the NPC title.

Outlook: What better way for South Iredell and Statesville to kick off their conference portion of the schedule than a matchup between each other?

The series shifts to Viking Valley where Statesville will be looking for redemption after last year’s home loss to South Iredell.

The Greyhounds are favored, but expect the Vikings to be motivated to quiet any doubters. Their record is somewhat deceiving anyway. Each of the six nonconference teams South Iredell has played has a .500 or better record.

Indians at Raiders

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: St. Stephens 3-3; North Iredell 0-6

Last week: St. Stephens defeated McDowell 28-7; North Iredell had its open date.

Last year’s meeting: Teams did not play.

Outlook: Perhaps the turnaround starts her for the Raiders. This marks the first of three home games during a four-week stretch. This one will probably be the most winnable of that trio.

One glaring thing about the Indians: They have committed only eight turnovers in six games. They’re not prone to beating themselves with a bunch of miscues.

Warriors at Warriors

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: West Caldwell 0-6 (0-2); West Iredell 3-3 (1-1)

Last week: West Caldwell endured its second shutout in four weeks, falling 52-0 to Hibriten; Eli Kitchens threw second-half touchdown passes to his brother Gabriel, Say’Qwon Miller and William Barber as West Iredell prevailed 43-20 at East Burke.

Last year’s meeting: Chandon Smith caught two touchdown passes from Eli Kitchens and West Iredell romped to a 48-6 win.

Outlook: West Caldwell has only scored 40 combined points through six games.

This should be an easy night for West Iredell, and it’s a must-win if it expects to stay in the hunt for the Northwestern Foothills Conference championship.

Wildcats at Huskies

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Lake Norman 4-2 (1-1); Hough 3-3 (2-0)

Last week: The Wildcats were shut out 36-0 by second-ranked Mallard Creek; Hough toppled Mooresville, 38-21.

Last year’s meeting: Hough roughed up the Wildcats, winning 55-19.

Outlook: The Wildcats need to get pressure on the quarterback and the secondary will have to be in top form if last week is any indication. Hough showed what it’s capable of doing in the passing game. Quarterback Darius Ocean threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers in the victory over Mooresville.

A win over Hough would be a big boost for a Lake Norman squad looking to finish in the top half of the difficult I-Meck Conference.

Blue Devils vs. Cougars

Time: Saturday, 8 p.m. at UNC Charlotte

Records: Mooresville 3-3 (1-1); Vance 4-1 (1-1)

Last week: The Blue Devils gave up four touchdown receptions to as many receivers in a 38-21 loss to Hough; Vance throttled Hopewell 56-0.

Last year’s meeting: Vance built a 20-0 halftime advantage and triumphed 47-21 behind three Nigel Summerville-to-Zaire Kenney touchdown passes.

Outlook: It’s a big-time challenge for the Blue Devils, but at least it’s at a neutral site. They get to go under the lights in a college setting.

The Mooresville-Vance matchup serves as the nightcap to the Charlotte Kickoff Showcase at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Saturday. The first game, which gets under way at 5 p.m., features Hickory Ridge versus Rocky River.

Mooresville needs to be firing on all cylinders if it’s to have a chance of knocking off Vance, the fourth-ranked team—among all classes—in the state, according to Maxpreps.com.

Pride at Rams

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Pine Lake Prep 3-3 (1-2); Highland Tech 1-5 (0-3)

Last week: The Pride ran into a buzz saw, losing 70-16 at Thomas Jefferson Academy; The Rams suffered a 36-16 loss at the hands of Bessemer City.

Last year’s meeting: Austin Schmidt had three rushing touchdowns, leading Pine Lake Prep to a 26-14 victory.

Outlook: Very winnable game for Pine Lake Prep. The Pride and Rams share a common opponent: Lake Norman Charter. Pine Lake Prep won that matchup in overtime, 20-14. The Rams lost 42-27 to Lake Norman Charter.

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