No. 1 Hough, No. 2 Chambers advance to NCHSAA semifinals. Mega matchup set for Friday

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Get ready for The Rematch.

Hough High and Chambers both won N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A quarterfinals Friday night, and now the top two teams in the North Carolina will play next week with a really big prize:

The winner will advance to the state championship game.

On Friday, Chambers blew out Union County power Weddington 45-14. Hough beat East Forsyth 26-14, scoring the first points against East Forsyth in the entire postseason.

Next week, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Hough (14-0) is ranked No. 1 in The Observer’s Sweet 16 and it is No. 1 in The Observer/News & Observer statewide 4A poll. Chambers (13-1) is No. 2 in both polls.

Nationally, Hough is No. 32 in the High School Football America rankings. Chambers is No. 43, but was inside the top 15 before losing 16-10 to Hough on Sept. 24 at Memorial Stadium.

And, playing its arch rival, Hough will try to reach its first state championship, playing in front of its home fans. The Huskies lost 20-10 to Mallard Creek in the 2017 4AA semifinals.

Chambers will try to reach the state championship game for the fourth straight season. Chambers lost in the 2019 final, but has won the past two championships. The Cougars are in a regional final for the eighth time since 2010.

Hough has won the past three regular-season meetings between the teams. Chambers has won the past two playoff games.

This will be the teams fourth meeting in eight months.

Buckle up.

Series History

2021: Hough 16-10

2020: Hough 28-20; Chambers 24-10*

2019: Hough 41-28

2018: Chambers 25-0; Chambers 34-21*

2017: Hough 47-14

2016: Chambers 41-17

2015: Hough 28-27 OT

2014: Hough 31-18

2013: Hough 24-14

2012: Hough 33-30

2011: Hough 21-7

2010: Chambers 29-0

*— postseason game

Quick Links

Friday’s statewide scores, next week’s schedule

Hough sneaks past stingy East Forsyth, into regional final

Chambers defense clamps down on Weddington

Photos from Hough-East Forsyth

Carolina Bowl rosters released, Butler’s Hales to coach NC team

Friday’s Top Performers

Anshon Camp, Chambers: The Cougars’ junior quarterback played played a solid game, completing 12-of-18 passes for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Nolan Hauser, Hough: The Huskies’ field goal kicker only had one blemish on the night as he went 4-for-5 on his field-goal attempts. His long was 48 yards in the second quarter. His lone miss came on a tip at the line of scrimmage.

James Pearce, Chambers: A senior cornerback, Pearce returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown. He also had a sack, a tackle for loss, and batted down a pass.

Friday’s scores, next week’s pairings

Friday’s quarterfinals

Class 4A


Hough 26, East Forsyth 14

Chambers 45, Weddington 14

Next week’s semifinal matchup

Chambers (13-1) at Hough (14-0)


Rolesville 47, Leesville Road 24

Cardinal Gibbons 42, Panther Creek 14

Next week’s semifinal matchup

Rolesville (9-5) at Cardinal Gibbons (12-2)

Class 3A


South Point 34, Crest 27

Dudley 20, Statesville 6

Next week’s semifinal matchup

South Point (11-3) at Dudley (13-1)


Jacksonville 27, Eastern Alamance 21

JH Rose 49, Scotland County 28

Next week’s semifinal matchup

Jacksonville (11-2) at JH Rose (10-4)

Class 2A


Shelby 24, Reidsville 7

East Surry 36, Maiden 35

Next week’s semifinal matchup

East Surry (13-0) at Shelby (13-1)


Princeton 45, St. Pauls 28

Wallace-Rose Hill 57, Northeastern 22

Next week’s semifinal matchup

Wallace-Rose Hill (12-2) at Princeton (13-0)

Class 1A


Robbinsville 28, Murphy 14

Mitchell County 21, Mount Airy 14

Next week’s semifinal matchup

Robbinsville (10-3) at Mitchell (12-2)


Tarboro 28, Northampton County 8

Pender County 34, Pinetown Northside 28

Next week’s semifinal matchup

Pender (10-3) at Tarboro (12-1)

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