BB&T FIELD, WINSTON-SALEM
CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
NEW BERN (15-0) vs. CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC (14-1)
New Bern’s seniors have led the Bears to four straight regional final appearances. Quarterback Mike Hughes threw for 1,263 yards and rushed for 1,355 in the Bears’ first 13 games. Except for a 25-21 win over Havelock, New Bern has not allowed a team to score more than 14 points this season.
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Catholic’s Matt White intercepted a two-point conversion pass with 13 seconds left to give the Cougars a 35-34 win over Charlotte Vance in the semifinals. Catholic’s only loss was 40-21 to 4AA finalist Mallard Creek.
CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday, noon
CLINTON (13-1) vs. SHELBY (13-2)
Clinton is in the state championship game for the 10th time and is seeking its sixth title. Coach Bob Lewis has more than 300 wins. The Dark Horses have shut out four teams and held five others to seven points or less.
Shelby is in the finals for the 11th time and has won six state championships. Quarterback R.J. George is the school’s career passing leader and has thrown for 2,500 this season. Jayden Borders has 1,000 yards in receptions and Chad Reid has rushed for 1,400 yards.
CLASS 2AA CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday, 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON (14-1) vs. EAST LINCOLN (15-0)
Washington runner Markel Spencer holds the career rushing record with more than 5,000 yards. Linebacker Lexroy Brown is approaching 200 stops this season. Eric Peartree has 20 sacks. The Pam Pack has allowed 24 total points in four playoff games and has held 13 opponents to 17 points or less. Washington’s loss was 37-6 to 3A finalist Havelock.
East Lincoln’s Chaz Surratt has thrown for about 4,000 yards this season and rushed for about 1,000. Sage Surratt and Damarious Valentine each has more than 1,000 receiving yards.
CLASS 4AA CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday, 8 p.m.
WAKE FOREST (15-0) vs. MALLARD CREEK (14-1)
Wake Forest’s Bryce Love scored on two long touchdown runs in last week’s 27-13 regional final win over Garner. He averages 11.5 yards per carry. The defense, which has seven underclassmen starting, is led by 6-foot-5, 315-pound Dexter Lawrence.
Mallard Creek stopped Wake Forest 59-21 in last year’s title game. Quarterback James Smith has thrown for 3,000 yards. Chauncery Bowman and Smith each has more than 1,000 rushing yards.
CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM, RALEIGH
CLASS 1AA CHAMPIONSHIP – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
WALLACE-ROSE HILL (14-1) vs. STARMOUNT (12-3)
Wallace-Rose Hill’s only loss was to 2A finalist Clinton 35-7 on the final day of the regular season. Running back Johnnie Glaspie has scored 29 touchdowns while Keyshawn Canady has 1,165 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Starmount was 2-3 early in the season, but has gotten its ground game going. The Rams average 296.6 rushing yards. John Johnson has 1,496 yards and averages 11.7 yards per carry.
CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday, noon
PLYMOUTH (14-1) vs. ROBBINSVILLE (15-0)
Plymouth is in the championship for the third consecutive year. It lost to Murphy 35-34 in 2013 after beating Murphy 20-15 in 2012. The Vikings have held 12 teams to seven or fewer points.
Robbinsville has won 12 state titles. Cruz Galaviz has rushed for more than 1,900 yards and Skyler Matheson has more than 1,500.
CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday, 4 p.m.
HAVELOCK (14-1) vs. SHELBY CREST (15-0)
Havelock has won three consecutive state championships. The Rams beat Concord 21-13 in 2013 and 55-21 in 2012 and downed West Rowan 38-6 in 2011. Havelock averages 52 points per game. Quarterback Travis Sabdo had 3,400 passing yards and 42 passing scores. The Rams, 61-2 over the past four years, lost to 4A finalist New Bern 25-21.
Crest lost to Southern Durham 38-31 in the 2013 finals. The Chargers are making their fourth finals appearance in five years. Crest allows five points per game and no team has scored more than 13 points against it. Dominique Roseboro and Omar Brooks are among the defensive standouts. Tre Harbison has scored 32 touchdowns this season.
CLASS 3AA CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday, 8 p.m.
NORTHERN GUILFORD (14-1) vs. WEDDINGTON (14-1)
Northern Guilford, which opened in 2007, has won three state titles. C.J. Freeman has rushed for almost 2,000 yards and quarterback Cam Harris has 29 touchdown passes.
Weddington avenged a 42-38 regular-season loss to Cuthbertson with a 24-21 victory in the regional final. Quarterback David Bayha has thrown for 1,600 yards, but Grayson Willingham engineered last week’s winning drive in the fourth quarter.