Fridays N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs will have a familiar feeling when six of the seven area schools that won in the second round will face rematches of regular-season games.
The rematches almost guarantee the area will have two teams in the 4AA Eastern final on Dec. 6 and one in the 3AA Eastern final the same night.
The only way that wont happen is if a winning team is ruled ineligible.
One team from Wake County either Wake Forest, Millbrook, Garner or Middle Creek will play in the NCHSAA 4AA title game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at N.C. States Carter-Finley Stadium.
Knightdale (11-1), which will play Friday at Scotland County (13-0), still is alive in the 4A playoffs. The 4A final will be at at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Carter-Finley Stadium.
In the 4AA rematches Friday night, Middle Creek (11-2) will be at home against Garner (10-3) and Millbrook (10-3) at home against Wake Forest (10-3).
Garner won a nonconference game at home against Middle Creek 21-16 on the first night of the regular season Aug.23. Wake Forest beat Millbrook 31-25 on Oct.4 in a Cap Eight 4A game.
The 3AA rematch will have Orange (12-1) trying to avenge a 55-41 loss to Southern Durham (11-2) from Nov. 8.