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As the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs will hit the quarterfinal round Friday, Charlotte-area teams in 4A and 4AA are dominating those brackets.

It’s been a long time since Mecklenburg County sent two teams to the N.C. 4A and 4AA state football championships, but there’s a real chance this year.

Charlotte Christian coach Jason Estep, like me, is not a fan of the current N.C. Independent Schools Division I state playoffs.

The N.C. Independent Schools Division I playoffs begin Friday, and like most years, they will last two rounds and involve just four teams: Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day.

About 15 percent of all the email I get – and I get tons – concerns the Sweet 16. One of the more constant questions: Team A beat Team B earlier this year, so why is Team B ranked ahead of Team A?

This is the best night of the year for Mecklenburg County high school football fans. There are great games everywhere.

Hough High came into this season with some high expectations.

Charlotte Latin has a history of producing great quarterbacks. And coach Larry McNulty has another one in 6-foot-4, 200-pound Daniel Jones.

Last week, Butler lost a 15-point lead against Richmond Senior in the final 90 seconds of regulation and lost 55-54 in overtime.

In September 2001, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools moved high school football kickoffs up 30 minutes to 7 p.m. Turns out that was a brilliant move. I remember back in the ’80s, games started at 8 p.m.

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Langston Wertz Jr.
Langston Wertz Jr. writes about high schoool sports for The Charlotte Observer and