Believe it or not, Mecklenburg County football wasn’t always strong. After South Mecklenburg won an N.C. 4A championship in 1981, the county didn’t produce another public-school champion until 1995, when West Charlotte won its first and only title.
For many of those in-between years and during most of the ’90s, there was always talk about “Black Friday” on the first night of the playoffs when it seemed every county team except one and sometimes two would fall. Times have changed. Mecklenburg County schools are dominating and Friday’s Butler-Mallard Creek matchup matches the two best overall teams in North Carolina.