(Observer Sweet 16 rankings listed with team)
No. 6 Butler (0-1) at No. 8 Richmond Senior (2-1), 7:30 p.m.: Butler hasn’t played in two weeks, since its lopsided loss to Mallard Creek. The host Raiders, playing on three days’ rest, are getting nearly 100 yards a game from running back Dante Miller. These rivals played a classic last year, with Butler winning 42-41.
Statesville Christian (3-0) at Charlotte Latin (2-0), 7:30 p.m.: Heavily-recruited quarterback Brennan Settle leads the defending 1A state private school champions against running back DeMarkes Stradford and the defending 3A state private school champs of Latin.
Gaffney (1-1) at No. 11 Harding (3-0), 7 p.m.: Gaffney quarterback Tyshun Sarratt has thrown for 452 yards and three touchdowns. Harding running back Quavaris Crouch will try to run against a stout Gaffney defense.
Clover (3-0) at South Point (3-0), 7:30 p.m.: Clover will try to go 4-for-4 against Gaston foes but must stop Red Raider running back Jake Alexander. Clover’s spread offense averages 46 points per game.
Crest (1-1) at No. 9 Shelby (3-0), 7:30 p.m.: This Cleveland County rivalry, usually a season-ending game, moves to Week 4 because of conference realignment. Shelby running back Xavier Brooks averages 131 yards a game rushing.
Winston-Salem Parkland (2-1) at Marvin Ridge (3-0), 7:30 p.m.: The visiting Mustangs, a perennial state playoff qualifier, will face a Marvin Ridge team led by quarterback Bryce McClain (413 yards passing, 264 rushing).
Duncan Byrnes (3-0) at Northwestern (2-1), 7:30 p.m.: Byrnes sophomore running back Rahjai Harris has rushed for 260 yards and five touchdowns. Northwestern sophomore quarterback Daniel Noller has thrown for nine touchdowns.