The 2017 Football season will bring change to Union Co. rivalries along with conferences. 4A Porter Ridge will stay in the SW4A conference but will see Hickory Ridge join. The Bulls were 3A in 2016 and advanced to the 3A State Semi Finals where they fell to Weddington 24-6. The Pirates lost in the 1st round of the 4A Playoffs to Mount Tabor 16-14.
Southwestern 4A: Porter Ridge, Myers Park, Butler, East Meck, Garinger, Hickory Ridge, Independence, Rocky River, Myers Park
The 3A Southern Carolina Conference will see a lot of change with Monroe and Parkwood move up a class from 2A to 3A and Charlotte Catholic drops down from the So. Meck 4A. Anson Co. will move down to the 2A Rocky River. Weddington won the SCC last season and the 3A State Title 33-20 over Eastern Guilford. Charlotte Catholic won the So. Meck 4A conference with a 7-0 conference record but lost in the 4A State Semi-finals. Monroe won the 2A Rocky River conference in 2016 and reached the 2A State Semi-Finals last season. Parkwood finished 2-3 in 2016 in the Rocky River and lost to Hunter Huss in the 1st round of the 2A State Playoffs.
3A SCC: Marvin Ridge, Monroe, Parkwood, Piedmont, Sun Valley, Weddington, Charlotte Catholic
The Rocky River Conference is where you see a lot of change with Forest Hills, C.A.T.A., West Stanly and Mt. Pleasant all staying in the Rocky River. They will be joined by with Anson Co. dropping down from the 3A SCC and East Montgomery moving in from the 1A Yadkin Valley Conference, Monroe and Parkwood moving up to the 3A SCC.
2A Rocky River: Forest Hills, Anson Co. CATA, East Montgomery, Mt. Pleasant, West Stanly
Union Academy moves over to the 1A PAC-7 from the 1A Yadkin Valley where they were 3-5 in 2016. Mt. Island Charter and Pine Lake Prep move in from the Southern Piedmont. Thomas Jefferson shared the Southern Piedmont Conference title last year with Bessemer City both with a 5-1 record.
1A Southern Piedmont: Union Academy, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Community School of Davidson, Mountain Island Charter, Pine Lake Prep, Highland Tech, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy.