The N.C. High School Athletic Association and N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association football playoffs will begin Friday. A primer for Mecklenburg County teams.
(16) Olympic (5-6) at (1) East Forsyth (11-0): Olympic had to beat Berry on Friday to assure itself an 18th playoff spot since 1972. The Trojans won 35-12. Olympic has won two straight. East Forsyth, top-seeded in the bracket, is beating opponents by an average of 42-13.
(9) Lake Norman (8-3) at (8) Independence (7-4): Lake Norman has a powerful offense, averaging 35 points and more than 400 yards per game. Independence has been strong on defense after an 0-2 start. Five of their past six opponents didn’t score more than 14 points.
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(12) North Mecklenburg (7-4) at (5) West Forsyth (8-3): North Mecklenburg, in the playoffs for the first time in six years, has only won six playoff games since 1972. The Vikings will try to shake a two-game losing streak Friday. West Forsyth had a seven-game win streak snapped in last week’s 49-42 loss to North Davidson.
(13) Myers Park (6-5) at (4) Mooresville (8-3): Myers Park was shut out by East Meck last week and has lost two of three, but the Mustangs played three of the county’s top teams – Butler, South Meck and Independence – close. Mooresville is 4-1 at home and has won three straight overall.
(14) Providence (5-6) at (3) David Butler (9-2): Two teams that used to play in the same conference hook up. Providence, a loser of two straight, struggles to score, averaging just 14 points per game. Butler allows 7.09 points per game and has won four straight.
(11) East Mecklenburg (6-5) at (6) Mallard Creek (9-2): East Mecklenburg is in the 4A playoffs for the 20th time since 1972 but just the first since ’99. The Eagles’ reward? A trip to play the reigning 4AA champ, which has had an up-and-down but has been pointing to the playoffs since June.
(10) Ardrey Kell (6-5) at (7) South Mecklenburg (9-2): A rematch of the Sabres’ 51-24 win Friday night. South Mecklenburg has won three straight and shut out two of its past three opponents. Ardrey Kell has lost its past two.
(15) West Mecklenburg (5-6) at (2) Hough (10-1): In 2012, West Mecklenburg beat Hough 45-10 in the first round of the playoffs. This year’s Hough team might be the best in school history and comes in after winning its first outright conference title. West Mecklenburg beat Harding 21-6 Friday to snap a two-game losing streak.
(14) Vance (6-5) at (3) Charlotte Catholic (10-0): A rematch of the 2014 N.C. 4A Western Regional semifinal. Catholic won 35-34. This year, Vance’s powerful offense will try to dent a defense for Catholic that allows five points per game and has five shutouts.
(16) South Stanly (3-8) at (1) Community School of Davidson (9-2): Community School of Daviudson makes its third playoff appearance and searches for its first postseason win. It won five games in 2014 but is riding a six-game win streak now.
NCISAA Division I
Charlotte Latin (8-3) vs. Davidson Day (11-0) at Charlotte Christian: Davidson Day has played varsity football for five seasons and reached the state final each year. Friday, the Patriots will hunt a fourth state title and their first in Division I. Latin will try for its first state title since 2009.