It's the upstart program versus the perennial power.

Dillon has been to the state championship finals for the past six seasons, winning five. Chester is 14-0 for the first time in school history and has never won a state title in football. Those two programs will meet Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. for the 3A state championship.

The Cyclones of Chester are led by head coach Victor Floyd whose first head coaching job was at C.A. Johnson High School. Floyd looks back on his time there with fondness and he says it provided him a great foundation to becoming a head coach.

"Oh, I thought it was a great foundation because there was so many things we didn't have," Floyd said.

"You had to find a way to make it work. Because I got spoiled as an assistant coach because I was coming from Greensboro, Page (High School) where we won five region championships and we were going to make it at least to the third round (of the playoffs) every year. So, I kind of got spoiled. But going to C.A. Johnson at that time when they were on a 23-game losing streak when I took over, not a lot of numbers in the program, just a lot of things to work through. I think it's the foundation for my whole coaching career because I cherish those three years watching that group go from 0-10 to 2-8 to 5-5. That was huge at the time and I wouldn't give anything for those days."