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Vikings at Raiders

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: South Iredell 3-6 (1-2); North Iredell 0-9 (0-3)

Last week: Cullen Smith threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Darius Smyre in the fourth quarter and he also ran for a touchdown, and Tavion Connor scored the game-winning TD with 3:59 left as the Vikings rallied to beat East Rowan 35-31; North Iredell was shut out 44-0 by West Rowan.

Last year’s meeting: Five different players scored a first-quarter touchdown for the Vikings. They led 34-0 entering the second quarter and rolled to a 54-6 win.

Outlook: The Vikings are fighting for their playoff lives. This is another must win.

The Raiders would love to play spoiler on Senior Night in Raider Ravine.

Mustangs at Greyhounds

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: East Rowan 4-5 (1-2); Statesville 9-0 (3-0)

Last week: The Mustangs squandered a 24-7 third quarter lead and lost at South Iredell, 35-31; Caylon Imes’ had a career-high 309 rushing yards as the Greyhounds breezed to a 41-10 victory at Carson.

Last year’s meeting: The teams actually played twice. Nebanye More threw four touchdown passes, including three to Ky’Wuan Dukes, as the Greyhounds whipped the Mustangs 53-3 in the season finale. The teams met again the next week in the opening round of the playoffs. Chavion Smith’s 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter lifted Statesville to a 7-6 win on a muddy Greyhound Hollow field.

Outlook: Statesville and West Rowan appear to be on a collision course for a winner-take-all showdown for the North Piedmont Conference championship next week in the regular-season finale.

The Greyhounds must avoid looking ahead, though. This isn’t the time for a slipup.

Panthers at Warriors

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Hibriten 8-1 (5-0); West Iredell 5-4 (3-2)

Last week: The Panthers powered past East Burke 48-14; West Iredell mounted a fourth-quarter comeback thanks to Eli Kitchens’ 64-yard touchdown pass to Kareen Stevenson and Stevenson’s 46-yard punt block return for a TD. But the Warriors were unable to overcome a 17-point deficit and lost 17-13.

Last year’s meeting: The Panthers put up 35 unanswered points in the first half and coasted to a 56-14 victory.

Outlook: Never say never. The Warriors could win, but everything has to essentially go right for them in order for that to happen against Hibriten, which looks like it will defend its Northwestern Foothills Conference championship. The Panthers can clinch no worse than a share of the NWFC title with a win or a Bunker Hill loss.

West Iredell may have to win its last game against Fred T. Foard if it can’t spring the upset here. Five wins wasn’t enough to get the Warriors in the state playoffs a year ago.

Titans at Wildcats

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Hopewell 3-6 (1-4); Lake Norman 4-5 (1-4)

Last week: The Titans had trouble keeping Keshaun Black out of the end zone and lost to Mooresville 49-7; The Wildcats’ Crishon Shepard and Gavin Gibson each returned an interception for a touchdown as Lake Norman seized a 21-10 lead over Vance. But the Cougars recovered to deny the upset and win 24-21.

Last year’s meeting: Lake Norman pulled out a 26-22 win that helped it avoid finishing in the basement of the I-Meck Conference.

Outlook: The Wildcats are coming off tough three-point losses in back-to-back games against Mooresville and Vance.

They should rebound here in a big way. The Titans were outscored a combined 110-0 in games with Vance and Hough, teams Lake Norman had a shot to beat in the fourth quarter.

Blue Devils at Lions

Time: 7 p.m.

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

Last week: Keshaun Black had two runs for 70 yards, two catches for 68 yards and a 97-yard kickoff return in a 49-7 win over Hopewell. Black scored four times; West Charlotte was no match for Hough, falling 40-8.

Last year’s meeting: Hunter DeBerardino threw two touchdown passes to Black and Isaac Riffle drilled a pair of 25-yard field goals as Mooresville prevailed 34-13.

Outlook: A win here would guarantee the Blue Devils of a winning regular season. A loss and they likely finish below .500. Mooresville’s season finale next week is against unbeaten Mallard Creek.

The Lions have lost three straight and four of their last five. The Blue Devils seem poised to prolong that skid.

Pride at Ironmen

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Pine Lake Prep 4-5 (2-4); Cherryville 2-7 (2-4)

Last week: The Pride suffered a 56-0 loss to Mountain Island Charter; Cherryville had its open date.

Last year’s meeting: Jayden Blanton scored on runs of 48, 20, 5 and 9 yards in the first half, and the Ironmen cruised to a 45-6 victory.

Outlook: The winner jumps more to the middle of the pack in the Southern Piedmont Conference. The loser falls into the upper tier of the cellar with Highland Tech and Christ the King Catholic.

With only two wins and the dwindling number of chances to improve playoff chances, the Ironmen need this game more than Pine Lake Prep.

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