No. 6 Butler (8-2, 4-1 Southwestern 4A) at No. 16 Independence (7-3, 5-0), 7
Independence, which is going for its second-straight conference championship and 12th-straight league win, leads the all-time series with Butler 16-11 but the Bulldogs have won nine of the past 10 meetings. If they make it 10-of-11, Butler wins a share of the league crown.
Charlotte Latin (7-3) at Charlotte Christian (7-3), 7
The Knights of Christian have won three straight N.C. Independent Schools state titles. The past two have come in the championship game against Latin. This year, the rivals meet in the semifinals with Latin looking to avenge a 24-7 loss to Christian at home Oct. 7.
Providence Day (6-4) vs. Davidson Day (10-0) at Hough, 7
Providence Day has won five of its last six to arrive in this NCISAA Division I semifinal with a chance to reach its third state championship game in five years. Davidson Day, moving up from D2 to D1, will try to reach its fifth state final in a row.
No. 7 Weddington (9-1, 4-0 Southern Carolina) at Marvin Ridge (7-3, 4-0), 7:30
Marvin Ridge started 0-3 but has run off seven-straight wins and can win the Southern Carolina championship Friday. Weddington has won six straight and has held five opponents to single digit scoring. Weddington has allowed 140 points this season; Marvin Ridge has allowed 255.
Robinson (7-3, 6-2 South Piedmont 3A) at No. 11 Concord (9-1, 8-0), 7:30
The Spiders try to win the conference title outright and win their 10th-straight game. Robinson, playing spoiler, hunts a fourth-straight win and improved playoff positioning.
Other area games of interest
Pine Lake Prep (10-0, 5-0 Southern Piedmont), one of a handful of unbeaten teams in the state, plays at Community School of Davidson (8-2, 5-0) for the league title Friday; Scotland County (10-0, 4-0 Southeastern 4A) has sold more than 5,000 pre-sale tickets for Friday’s conference championship game with Richmond Senior (9-1, 4-0); and in Cleveland County, Shelby (10-0, 7-0), the No. 1 ranked 2A team in the state media poll, hosts No. 1 ranked 3A Crest (10-0, 7-0) for the South Mountain title.