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Mustangs at Vikings

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: East Rowan 4-4 (1-1); South Iredell 2-6 (0-2)

Last week: The Mustangs won high-scoring affair, 53-30 over Carson; South Iredell lost 41-6 on the road to West Rowan.

Last year’s meeting: The Mustangs stunned the NPC-leading Vikings 24-7 in Granite Quarry.

Outlook: Last season’s loss to East Rowan cost the Vikings the outright NPC championship. Here’s a chance to avenge that setback.

South Iredell has the two toughest conference games behind it. North Iredell (0-8, 0-2) and Carson (2-6, 1-1) remain on the schedule after Friday.

This could be the start of a three-game win streak to close the regular season and, quite honestly, the Vikings may need all three or risk missing the playoffs.

Falcons at Raiders

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: West Rowan 5-3 (2-0); North Iredell 0-8 (0-2)

Last week: The Falcons ran away with it, beating South Iredell 41-6; The Raiders scored a late touchdown to deny the shutout but lost 48-6 at Statesville.

Last year’s meeting: Jalen Houston returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to complement his one rushing and one receiving touchdown, leading West Rowan to a 49-7 win.

Outlook: It doesn’t really get any easier for the Raiders. They just played the league favorite and now they get a Falcons’ squad determined to challenge Statesville for the NPC title two weeks from now.

Houston is such a big part of the West Rowan offense. The Raiders will definitely have to key on him.

Greyhounds at Cougars

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Statesville 8-0 (2-0); Carson 2-6 (1-1)

Last week: The Greyhounds carried a shutout into the final minute of a 48-6 homecoming win over North Iredell; The Cougars couldn’t stop East Rowan and lost 53-30.

Last year’s meeting: Chavion Smith rushed for three touchdowns and Jasaiah Gathings hauled in two Nebanye Moore TD passes in a 49-7 Statesville rout.

Outlook: The quest for an unbeaten regular season continues for the Greyhounds. They have three to go in order to get there, and it starts with Friday’s game in China Grove.

Statesville is heavily favored against Carson and rightfully so. It would be wise to keep the pedal to the metal, though.

Warriors at Bears

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: West Iredell 5-3 (3-1); Bunker Hill 4-4 (3-1)

Last week: Eli Kitchens threw two touchdown passes and ran for a 49-yard TD as West Iredell picked up a 25-8 win over Patton; Bunker Hill went on the road and beat East Burke 37-14.

Last year’s meeting: The Warriors built a 23-0 halftime lead and won 30-7.

Outlook: This is a big game for both teams. The winner takes over second place outright in the Northwestern Foothills Conference with only two games remaining after that. They would move into a first-place tie with Hibriten if the Panthers were somehow to slip up, but the odds of that transpiring aren’t good.

The Bears are much improved from a year ago when they finished 2-9. They beat Draughn, which handed West Iredell its only conference loss so far. The Warriors will need to be sharp.

Titans at Blue Devils

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Hopewell 3-5 (1-3); Mooresville 4-4 (2-2)

Last week: The Titans took one on the chin, falling 68-6 to I-Meck frontrunner Mallard Creek; Mooresville scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and made a big defensive stand inside the 5 during the fourth to take down Lake Norman 17-14.

Last year’s meeting: Hunter DeBerardino threw three touchdown passes and the Blue Devils cruised to a 42-6 win.

Outlook: The Blue Devils return to Coach Joe Popp Stadium for the first time since Oct. 4.

Hopewell has improved some since last year’s beat down, but Mooresville should be able to handle business again and leave with a ‘W.’ The Blue Devils finish the regular season at West Charlotte (4-4, 1-3) and at home against league-leading Mallard Creek so they need this one.

Wildcats at Cougars

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Lake Norman 4-4 (1-3); Vance 6-1 (3-1)

Last week: Lake Norman lost a close rivalry battle with Mooresville, 17-14; The Cougars topped West Charlotte 21-6.

Last year’s meeting: Vance steamrolled to a 53-0 victory.

Outlook: If the Wildcats can shake off the disappointing loss to Mooresville and play error free football they could sneak up on Vance. The Cougars narrowly escaped Mooresville in overtime two weeks ago, and their win over West Charlotte closely resembled Lake Norman’s 19-12 win over WC in the teams’ I-Meck Conference opener. Should the Wildcats steal one here they look good for an above.500 conference record. They finish the regular season against Hopewell (3-5, 1-3) and North Meck (1-7, 0-4).

Panthers at Lions

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Greensboro Panthers 2-5; Statesville 3-5

Last week: The Panthers beat Word of God Christian Academy 44-16; The Lions throttled Quality Education Academy 61-6.

Last year’s meeting: Did not play

Outlook: The Lions ride a two-game win streak and could certainly make it three in a row to close out the regular season.

These teams share a couple of common opponents, most recently Quality Education Academy. The Panthers beat QEA 22-0 on Oct. 5. That winning margin is a lot less that the Lions’ 55-point victory.

Pride at Raptors

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Pine Lake Prep 4-4 (2-3); Mountain Island Charter 6-2 (4-1)

Last week: Pine Lake Prep was shutout by SPC co-leader Bessemer City, 44-0; The Raptors crushed Community School of Davidson, 44-7.

Last year’s meeting: Elijah Burris rushed for three touchdowns, including a 70-yarder in the third quarter, as Mountain Island Charter breezed to a 47-0 victory.

Outlook: It’s been feast or famine the last four weeks for the Pride. It either won big or lost big during that win-loss-win-loss stretch. The pattern suggests Pine Lake Prep is due for a big win. But against a Raptors team hoping to stay in the SPC title hunt that doesn’t seem likely to happen.

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