Vance (12-1) at Butler (12-1), Friday, N.C. 4AA quarterfinal, 7:30 p.m.: Butler is hunting its first regional appearance since 2013 after eliminating rival Mallard Creek Friday, ending the Mavericks’ three-year run as state champs. Vance was in the 4A regional final in 2014, losing 35-34 to Charlotte Catholic. The Cougars were last in the 4AA regional final in 2010, where they lost 44-24 to Butler.
Charlotte Catholic (12-1) at East Forsyth (12-1), Friday, N.C. 4A quarterfinal, 7:30 p.m.: Catholic hopes to continues its march to a third straight N.C. 4A championship game despite being one of the smallest schools, by student population, in the field. East Forsyth is two wins away from its first state championship appearance since 1992.
Marvin Ridge (8-5) at Hickory Ridge (11-2), Friday, N.C. 3AA quarterfinal, 7:30 p.m.: The winner will reach the regional championship for the first time. Marvin Ridge started the season 0-3 but has won four of its past five games – including victories over two Cabarrus County teams, Concord and Robinson, in the playoffs. Friday, the Mavericks try to eliminate a third straight Cabarrus team. Hickory Ridge has won nine in a row after a 2-2 start.
East Lincoln (11-2) at Monroe (11-2), Friday, N.C. 2AA quarterfinal, 7:30 p.m.: This is a rematch of last year’s Western Regional final, which Monroe won 46-6. East Lincoln starting QB Chazz Surratt missed that game with injury. This year’s Monroe starter, Zeph Wall, has missed most of the season with a knee injury. The Redhawks have still won 10 straight games.
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Hunter Huss (10-3) at Shelby (13-0), Friday, N.C. 2A quarterfinal, 7:30 p.m.: Shelby has won three state titles in a row and looking to get a step closer to a fourth. Hunter Huss, one of the season’s biggest surprises, has won 10 games in a row after an 0-3 start. That includes winning the school’s first conference title since 1996.