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No. 6 Christian visits No. 3 Catholic in showdown between Sweet 16 powers

Charlotte Christian quarterback Garrett Shrader (left), shown last season against Charlotte Catholic, will again lead the Knights against the Cougars Friday night. Shrader passed for more than 2,500 yards last season as a sophomore.
Charlotte Christian quarterback Garrett Shrader (left), shown last season against Charlotte Catholic, will again lead the Knights against the Cougars Friday night. Shrader passed for more than 2,500 yards last season as a sophomore. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Christian at Charlotte Catholic, 7:30 p.m.: A battle of powerhouses. The visiting Knights, No. 6 in the Observer Sweet 16, feature quarterback Garrett Shrader (2,500-plus passing yards in 2016) and running back Justus Woods, while No. 3 Catholic is led by 1,000-yard running back Milan Howard.

Dutch Fork (S.C) at Independence, 7 p.m.: Dutch Fork coach Tommy Knotts faces the school that he made a national power 15 years ago. Knotts’ team, defending S.C. 5A champion, is a powerhouse again, led by sophomore running back Ron Hoff (28 TDs as a freshman). The Patriots play for the first time under new coach Mike Natoli.

Charlotte Latin at Colleton (S.C.) Prep, 7:30 p.m.: Running back DeMarkes Stradford leads the defending state 3A private school champs against a Charleston-area power that finished second in the S.C. private school playoffs last season.

Harding at Hough, 7 p.m.: Plenty of star power in this game, with Harding running back Quavaris Crouch and Hough running back Jarrett Nagy and wide receiver Nolan Groulx. Hough is No. 9 in the Sweet 16 poll.

South Point at Crest, 7:30 p.m.: Defending state 3A champion South Point (now 2A), No. 15 in the Sweet 16 poll, is led by fullback Jake Alexander. Perennial 3A power Crest has 14 starters back from a 9-4 team.

Jay M. Robinson at Hibriten, 7:30 p.m.: Quarterback Que Reed leads Robinson into Lenoir against the powerful Panthers, who feature running back McKinley Witherspoon.

Northwestern at South Pointe, 7:30 p.m.: A meeting of York County powers in Rock Hill. Northwestern will try to slow down South Pointe quarterback (and Clemson-bound) Derion Kendrick. South Pointe is No. 1 in the Sweet 16 poll.

Steve Lyttle

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