The sixth Charlotte Kickoff Night high school football showcase is shaping up to be the best one yet.
N.C. 4AA state runner-up Mallard Creek will play against S.C. 5A state champion Dutch Fork, and N.C. class 4A powers Butler and Scotland County will also meet in a battle of N.C. powerhouses.
Both games will be Saturday, Aug. 18, at Memorial Stadium in uptown Charlotte.
Butler and Scotland County will kickoff at 5 p.m. on Aug. 18. The teams have won four combined state titles. Mallard Creek and Dutch Fork will begin 30 minutes afterward.
Since 2009, Mallard Creek and Dutch Fork have won a combined six state championships.
The game will also return Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts to Charlotte.
Knotts won a state championship at West Charlotte in 1995 and won six at Independence from 2000-07. Knotts will begin the 2018 season aiming for a third straight title at Dutch Fork
Charlotte Kickoff Night
Saturday, Aug. 18 at Memorial Stadium
Game 1: 5 p.m., Butler vs Scotland High
Game 2: 8 p.m., Mallard Creek vs Dutch Fork*
*About 30 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.CLTKickoffNight.com.