CHARLOTTE - One of the most anticipated matchups in the post-season will happen tonight as the East Forsyth Eagles travel to Charlotte to face the Butler Bulldogs in historic Memorial Stadium at 7:30.
Both teams come in undefeated and highly ranked in the NCPreps.com polls.
East Forsyth (13-0) will rely on a balanced offense attack behind QB Garrison Duncan and RB Lavaughnte' Smith. Duncan, a senior has ran 183 times for 1,266 yards with 15 touchdowns and completed 68 of 125 passes for 1,488 yards with 17 touchdowns. Smith added 187 carries for 1,220 yrds with 20 touchdowns. East Carolina commit Brandon Smith anchors a hugh offensive line.
The Eagle defense is led by linebacker Jalen Forrest, who has over 100 tackles and Shrine Bowl defensive back Chris Blair.
Butler (12-0) will come in as the top ranked 4A team in North Carolina and ranked 10th in the RivalsHigh.com National Top 100 poll. QB Riley Ferguson is back after missing a few games with a thumb injury. The senior, who has verbally committed to Tennessee has completed 78 of 126 passes for 1,446 yards with 16 touchdowns. RB Josh Glisson has led the Butler ground game by rushing for 1,114 yards with 22 touchdowns. Georgia commit WR Uriah Lemay is the team's top receiver with 35 receptions for 768 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bulldogs are led by Shrine Bowl linebacker Sean Wiggins, who has over 100 tackles. Other standouts are LB Peter Kalambayi (Stanford commit), WR/DB Channing Stribling (Michigan commit), and ATH David Moore (Navy commit).
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NCPreps.com's Josh McKinnon had the following questions for East Forsyth's Lavaughnte Smith:
What are you most looking forward to about playing nationally ranked Butler?
"Well, to me it's just another game that we gotta come and play. Yeah, it's Butler and all, but we just gonna go out and play our best football."
What are your thoughts on what some consider the "best defense in the state?"
"We have watched film and came up with a great game plan."
You have been highly favored in every game this season, but now are considered the underdog. What is the difference this week?
"Being the underdog is gonna make me and my boys play even harder."