Playoff rivalries are a big part what high school football is all about in North Carolina.
The chilly autumn weather late in November, the sound of the band playing and cheerleaders sounding off to inspire the crowd to stand up and cheer.
The playoffs bring about a special feeling to those who attend high school football games all across the state.
Maiden and Thomasville are both prime examples of success in postseason play.
From 1986 to 2004, the Blue Devils and Bulldogs have both played in games that decided the fate of their respective classifications of 1A and 2A.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.