Lumberton will have the opportunity this week to come away with its fifth straight region title.
However, the Panthers, which have now won 33 straight region games, will for the second year in a row need to defeat Resurrection Catholic to seal a championship win.
“This is playoff atmosphere,” Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. “(Resurrection) needs a win, and we know we are going to get their best shot because we always do. This is our rival in our division. They played us really hard last year, and we know they are going to do the same Friday night.”