Havelock, Tarboro, Northside advance to state football championships

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — Some familiar faces will represent Eastern North Carolina next week in the NC High School Athletic Association state football finals.

Tarboro (1-AA) and Havelock (3-A) are back in the state finals again. Tarboro (8-0) rolled past Louisburg, 66-13, in the Class 1-AA East final. Havelock (10-0) cruised to a 49-7 win over Western Alamance.

The other team in the state final is Northside-Pinetown (8-2). The Panthers are in just their second state title and first since 2000. Northside beat Northampton County on Friday, 47-6.

Tarboro and Northside would play their state final game on Saturday at a site and time to be announced Saturday. Havelock will play in its state final on Thursday.

Northside will face Murphy next Saturday at noon in the 1-A state final at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium. Tarboro will square off with East Surry next Saturday at noon at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill in a rematch of last year’s state final, which East Surry won. Tarboro won the first meeting in the state finals the year before that.

Havelock will meet Charlotte Catholic this Friday in the 3-A final. The game will be played at Carter-Finley Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

For Tarboro, it’s their four straight trip to the finals but Havelock’s first since 2017.

Havelock has four state title in school history (1971, 2011, 2012, 2013) and is 3-4 in the state final since 1972, which is considered the start of the modern era. Tarboro has been in 10 state finals since 1972 and has won six state titles (1965, 1984, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018). They are 6-4 in the state finals since 1972.

Northside lost to Graham, 31-6, in the Class 1-A state final in 2000, the last year before the playoffs went from four divisions to eight.

Below are the latest scores and pairings. The state finals will begin on May 6. All of the state championship games this season will be played at either the Kenan Stadium at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill or at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of NC State University.

State final pairings, sites and times will be released Saturday by the NCHSAA.

Friday’s Regional Final games
Game times provided by NCHSAA

Class 1-A East final
Northside-Pinetown 47, Northampton County 6

Class 1-A West final
(Murphy 24, Robbinsville 14

Class 1-A state final
Saturday, May 8

Northside-Pinetown (8-2) vs. Murphy (9-1) at NCSU, noon


Class 1-AA East final
Tarboro 66, Louisburg 13

Class 1-AA West final
East Surry 41, Polk County 7

Class 1-AA state final
Saturday, May 8

Tarboro (8-0) vs. East Surry (9-1) at UNC, noon


Class 2-A East final
Reidsville 49, Northeastern 28

Class 2-A West final
Mountain Heritage 30, Hendersonville 29

Class 2-A state final
Saturday, May 8

Reidsville (9-0) vs. Mountain Heritage (7-1) at UNC, 5 p.m.


Class 2-AA East final
St. Pauls 34, Washington 23

2-AA West final
Salisbury 24, North Davidson 21

Class 2-AA state final
Thursday, May 6

St. Pauls (8-0) vs Salisbury (8-2) at NCSU, 7 p.m.


Class 3-A East final
Havelock 49, Western Alamance 7

Class 3-A West final
Charlotte Catholic 24, Monroe 14

Class 3-A state final
Friday, May 7

Havelock (10-0) vs. Charlotte Catholic (8-1) at NCSU, 7 p.m.


Class 3-AA East final
Cleveland 49, Clayton 21

Class 3-AA West final
Mount Tabor 24, Dudley 20

Class 3-AA state final
Thursday, May 6

Cleveland (10-0) vs. Mount Taboro (10-0) at UNC, 7 p.m.


Class 4-A East final
Cardinal Gibbons 30, New Bern 14

Class 4-A West final
Grimsley 28, Butler 21

Class 4-A state final
Friday, May 7

Cardinal Gibbons (9-0) vs. Grimsley (8-0) at UNC, 7 p.m.


Class 4-AA East final
Rolesville 24, Wake Forest 21, 2OT

Class 4-AA West final
Vance 42, Myers Park 7

Class 4-AA state final
Saturday, May 8

Rolesville (9-0) vs Vance (9-1) at NCSU, 5 p.m.

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