High school athletics: This week’s matchups
In High School Overtime’s Top 25 in the West (all classifications), Carson is ranked 12th, while Salisbury is ranked 21st.
Both teams are undefeated and are closing in on conference championships.
Salisbury (11-0, 8-0) finishes the Central Carolina Conference regular season Monday at home against South Rowan.
Carson (13-0, 8-0) has two challenging matches this week and plays at third-place West Rowan (6-3, 4-3) on Tuesday and at second-place South Iredell (9-3, 6-1) on Thursday.
The 10-team Central Carolina Conference race is highly competitive, and there aren’t many nights off.
South Rowan (8-5, 4-4) and Salisbury (7-4, 5-3) , the two schools in the county that have winning records, clash on Monday at Ludwig Stadium.
Salisbury will play at Thomasville — the Bulldogs are currently tied with Salisbury in the standings — on Wednesday.
In the North Piedmont Conference, league play finally gets started this week. West Rowan (2-8-1) at East Rowan (1-8-1) on Monday is a big game for both teams. Both would like to start conference 1-0.
On Thursday, there’s a clash between the top two teams in the South Piedmont Conference. A.L. Brown (11-1-1, 4-1) plays at Concord (12-1-2, 5-1).
West Rowan is ranked first in the state (all classifications) by MaxPreps and third in the West by HS Overtime.
South Rowan is ranked fifth in 2A by MaxPreps and 13th in the West (all classifications) by HS Overtime.
West (15-0, 4-0) still has a lot of work to do just to win its conference, but it has beaten the three main challengers — South Iredell, North Iredell and Carson — in their first of two meetings. West is expected to move to 6-0 in the league this week, with Statesville (home, Tuesday) and East Rowan (home, Thursday) providing the opposition.
Carson (11-3, 2-2) plays at South Iredell on Tuesday and hosts North Iredell on Thursday and has to win both to stay in the race.
South Rowan (15-1, 12-0) has a chance to run the table in the Central Carolina Conference. The Raiders host Oak Grove, one of the teams tied for second place, on Tuesday.
Undefeated Salisbury (5-0, 3-0) plays at home Friday against Central Carolina Conference opponent Central Davidson (3-2, 1-2).
North Rowan (3-3, 1-0) has a big Yadkin Valley Conference home game against South Stanly (3-2, 1-0).