Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Regional Final Games Promise Great Matchups

This Friday night, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) will host the 2023 Regional Championships, a tradition that has declared state champions in every classification since 1972. From 2001-2021, each classification had two champions. This year’s regional final games promise to be as thrilling as ever, with teams boasting impressive records and histories of regional appearances.

Teams to Watch

Shelby is making its 24th appearance, with a record of 16-7. They have been a regular participant since 1986, with their most recent appearances in 2019, 2021, and now 2023.

Robbinsville is making its 20th appearance, with a record of 13-6. They have been a strong contender since 1973, with their latest appearances in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2023.

Clinton and Tarboro are both making their 17th appearances, with records of 10-6 and 13-3 respectively. Clinton has been a regular participant since 1974, while Tarboro started in 1984.

Reidsville is making its 16th appearance with a record of 10-5, and Dudley is making its 12th appearance with a record of 7-4. Independence, Mount Airy, Seventy-First, Hoggard, Northeastern, and Weddington are also teams to watch, each making multiple appearances in the regional finals.

Cardinal Gibbons, Northern Nash, Hickory, and West Columbus are the newcomers, with West Columbus making its first appearance this year.

Regional Rematches

There are several rematches to look forward to. Northern Nash and Seventy-First have met twice before in the East Regional Championship, with both games being closely contested. Shelby and Reidsville have only met once before in the Regional Final, with Shelby emerging victorious. Mount Airy and Robbinsville, and Northeastern and Clinton have also met once before in the Regional final.

Low Seeds and High Seeds

All eight No. 1 seeds reached the regional semifinals, but only five advanced to the regional finals. Both of the No. 1 seeds in the 3A bracket fell in the fourth round. A pair of double-digit seeds, Northern Nash and Independence, will compete for the regional title this week.

The stage is set for an exciting night of high school football. Best of luck to all the teams participating in the 2023 NCHSAA Regional Championships!


This week’s regional final games

4A West:
#1 Weddington vs. #23 Independence
4A East:
#3 Hoggard vs. #5 Cardinal Gibbons
3A West:
#2 Hickory vs. #4 Dudley
3A East:
#2 Seventy-First vs. #13 Northern Nash
2A West:
#1 Reidsville vs. #7 Shelby
2A East:
#1 Clinton vs. #2 Northeastern
1A West:
#1 Robbinsville vs. #2 Mount Airy
1A East:
#1 Tarboro vs. #2 West Columbus