The prep football playoffs are into the third round.

Tarboro High and Southern Nash are No. 1 seeds in their respective classes, while SouthWest Edgecombe and North Edgecombe own No. 2 seeds.

All four remaining area teams have home games. The winner advances to the regional round.

Let’s get into the matchups.

Class 3-A

No. 4 Terry Sanford (10-3) at No. 1 Southern Nash (13-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Winner plays: No. 3 Eastern Alamance or No. 2 Havelock

The matchup: Southern Nash is 13-0 for the first time in at least 15 years. Two standout running backs headline this third-round matchup in Bailey. The Firebirds’ Quinton Cooley leads the state with 2,479 yards, while Terry Sanford running back Dorian Clark is fourth with 2,195. It will be consecutive weeks now that the Firebirds have to contend with a 2,000-yard rusher. They are coming off a comeback win over Northern Nash which required them to shut down the Knights’ top-tier running game. Terry Sanford can also move the ball through the air as quarterback Jacb Knight has thrown for 1,964 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Class 2-A

No. 3 Northeastern (10-3) at No. 2 SouthWest Edgecombe (12-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Winner plays: No. 1 Clinton or No. 4 West Craven

The matchup: Last season’s Class 2-A runner-up Northeastern has scored 88 points in two postseason wins. The Eagles defense hasn’t been as strong as last season’s, already allowing more than 29 points in two fewer games. Northeastern has wins over Rocky Mount High, Greenville Conley and Greenville Rose. SouthWest Edgecombe’s 28 points allowed in last week’s win over Winterville was the most it had allowed all season. The Cougars, however, haven’t had trouble scoring. They have scored at least 42 points in each of the past five weeks. This will be the third consecutive home game this postseason for SWE.

Class 1-AA

No. 4 North Rowan (9-3) at No. 1 Tarboro (12-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Winner plays: No. 6 Manteo or No. 2 John A. Holmes

The matchup: Tarboro opened its postseason with a convincing 64-0 win over Hobbton. The shutout was the seventh of the season for the Vikings, who are searching for their third consecutive state championship. Tarboro has scored at least 48 points in each of the past five weeks. North Rowan, winners of the Yadkin Valley Conference, have won nine games in a row after losing the first three to open the season. The Cavaliers are coming off a 26-14 win over Princeton.

Class 1-A

No. 6 Gates County (9-4) at No. 2 North Edgecombe (9-3)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Winner plays: No. 1 Rosewood or No. 4 Northampton County

The matchup: North Edgecombe was last in the third round in 2016. It enters Friday’s game having won eight games in a row, including a 46-21 win over Washington County last week in the second round. Devonte Barnes (1,101 yards) and Erick Moss (939) lead the North Edgecombe rushing attack, while quarterback Ijheaur Sharpe has thrown for 743 yards. The Warriors defense will have to shut down a high-scoring offense in Gates County, which has scored 66 and 53 points in its two playoff wins. In fact, the Red Baron’s scoring outputs have increased in each of the previous four games, with totals of 34, 44, 53 and 66 points.