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Butler vs. Richmond Senior headlines Friday’s football games to watch

Harding running back Quavaris Crouch will lead the Rams’ offense against visiting S.C. power Gaffney Friday night.
Harding running back Quavaris Crouch will lead the Rams’ offense against visiting S.C. power Gaffney Friday night. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

(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.

Steve Lyttle

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