First-round football playoff games at a glance

November 14, 2013 

All games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $7

4AA East

No. 16 Green Hope (5-6) at No. 1 Wakefield (10-1)

Wakefield pulled out a 34-31 win against Leesville Road last week to claim the top seed in the bracket. The Wolverines’ Evan Brabrand has passed for 2,619 yards. Green Hope’s Luke Massei has thrown for 2,635 yards.

No. 9 Millbrook (8-3) at No. 8 Leesville Road (8-3)

Leesville Road took a 7-3 win over the Wildcats two weeks ago in the rain and the rematch could be another tremendous game. Millbrook nipped Sanderson 41-40 last week while Leesville Road had a late touchdown nullified by a penalty in the loss to Wakefield that dropped it to the No. 8 seed.

No. 12 Wake Forest (8-3) at No. 5 Panther Creek (9-2)

Panther Creek’s reward for finishing second in the Southwest Wake? A date with a Wake Forest team that is capable of making a long postseason run. The Catamounts’ Brent Magner has thrown for 1,861 yards. WF’s Bryce Love has run for 1,682 yards and averaged 11.8 yards per carry.

No. 13 Laney (6-4) at No. 4 Pinecrest (10-1)

Watch out for Pinecrest. The Patriots were pounded by Scotland 75-28, but beat Richmond 21-7. Laney dropped two of its last three, but beat Wilmington Ashley last week 27-26.

No. 14 Sanderson (6-5) at No. 3 Jack Britt (8-3)

Sanderson has one of the area’s top offensive lines, but Britt is an established power. Britt played for the 4AA title in 2012 and has won its last seven games.

No. 11 Holly Springs (6-5) at No. 6 Garner (8-3)

Holly Springs has four players with six or more rushing TDs this season and 43 total rushing touchdowns. Tray Staten leads the Hawks with 1,463 yards and 21 touchdowns. Garner’s Nyheim Hines has 38 rushing scores and leads the area with 2,436 yards.

No. 10 South View (8-3) at No. 7 Durham Riverside (8-3)

Durham Riverside’s Joel Evans ran for 273 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-9 win over Northern Durham last week and has 2,350 yards. South View dropped Mid-South 4A games to Britt and Fayetteville Pine Forest.

No. 15 Fuquay-Varina (6-5) at No. 2 Middle Creek (9-2)

Middle Creek pulled way from the Bengals last week to take a 28-14 win, its seventh straight. The Mustangs’ Brant Grisel has passed for 2,048 yards. Fuquay-Varina rushes for 273.8 yards per game.

4A East

No. 16 Heritage (6-5) at No. 1 Scotland (11-0)

Heritage is expected to have an uphill battle against Scotland, which is among the best teams in the state.

No. 9 Southeast Raleigh (4-6) at No. 8 New Bern (8-3)

Southeast Raleigh played a tough non-conference schedule to prepare for a game like this. New Bern linebacker James Fields is committed to East Carolina and Mike Hughes has a long list of offers.

No. 12 Clayton (7-4) at No. 5 Hillside (8-2)

The Hornets have two of the state’s top 10 recruits, wide receiver Trevion Thompson (6-foot-2, 188 pounds) and running back Donte Thomas-Williams. Defensive back Kalen McClain is committed to N.C. State. Clayton dropped four of its last seven.

No. 13 Southern Alamance (6-5) at No. 4 Knightdale (9-1)

Knightdale was undefeated in the Greater Neuse while Southern Alamance dropped four of its last five.

No. 14 Fay. Smith (6-5) and No. 3 Greenville Conley (9-2)

Conley got the No. 1 seed from the Eastern Carolina Conference because it beat New Bern 31-28. Smith dropped four straight in midseason but won its last two.

No. 11 Greenville Rose (9-2) at No. 6 Pine Forest (10-1)

Pine Forest’s only loss was 56-26 to Britt. Rose lost to New Bern last week 21-13 to slip to a lower seeding.

No. 10 Northern Durham (3-8) at No. 7 New Hanover (8-3)

By virtue of its third-place finish in the PAC-6, Northern Durham is the only 4A team in the playoffs with just three wins. The Knights’ 3-2 conference record earned them a better seed in the NCHSAA East than six teams with overall winning records. New Hanover has won five straight since losing to New Hanover 21-18.

No. 15 Cape Fear (6-5) at No. 2 Wilmington Hoggard (10-1)

Hoggard’s only loss was to Wake Forest 33-23.

3AA East

No. 16 Western Harnett (4-7) at No. 1 Fayetteville Byrd (9-2)

Western Harnett dropped its first four and its last two. Byrd has allowed 10 points in its last three games combined.

No. 9 Wilson Fike (10-1) at No. 8 Lee County (9-2)

Lee County is led by runner Jerry Pullum. Fike was upset last week by Wilson Hunt 41-34 in overtime.

No. 12 Corinth-Holders (7-4) at No. 5 West Brunswick (3-7)

West Brunswick comes into the postseason after a 34-26 win over 4A Wilmington Ashley in its regular-season finale. Cole Sakowski leads Corinth with 2,269 passing yards.

No. 13 Fayetteville Sanford (4-7) at No. 4 Wilson Hunt (8-3)

Wilson Hunt enters hot after beating cross-town Fike last week. Terry Sanford carried league-champion Byrd into overtime before losing and has won three of its last four.

No. 14 Hope Mills Gray’s Creek (5-6) at No. 3 Cleveland (8-3)

Gray’s Creek fell to Triton 27-21 on Sept. 20, while Cleveland beat the Hawks 31-28 on Oct. 18. Gray’s Creek safety Jeff Gibson (6-4, 198) is an N.C. State recruit. Cleveland’s Issac Martin has run for 1,580 yards.

No. 14 Rocky Mount (8-3) at No. 6 Orange (10-1)

Orange dropped its first game last week, losing to Southern Durham 55-41. Rocky Mount lost to Fike and Hunt in the Big East 3A.

No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons (8-3) at No. 7 Triton (9-2)

Gibbons finished third in the Big Eight 3A despite 3,037 passing yards by Shawn Stankavage. Triton was second behind Cleveland in the Two Rivers.

No. 15 Chapel Hill (4-7) at No. 2 Southern Durham (9-2)

Southern Durham beat Chapel Hill 59-20 during the regular season.

3A East

No. 16 Topsail (4-7) at No. 1 Havelock (11-0)

Havelock is among the 3A favorites. The Rams have allowed seven points in their last five games.

No. 9 Anson (5-6) at No. 8 Southern Guilford (6-5)

Anson dropped four of its last six. Southern Guilford lost to Ledford 38-35 last week.

No. 12 West Craven (7-4) at No. 5 Jacksonville (8-3)

West Craven won the regular-season game 27-7.

No. 13 Burlington Williams (7-4) at No. 4 North Forsyth (6-5)

Williams won its last four to make the playoffs. North Forsyth won the Mid-Piedmont title, but lost to Ledford 29-28 last week.

No. 14 West Carteret (6-5) at No. 3 Eastern Wayne (8-2)

Eastern Wayne tied for third in the Eastern Carolina 3A/4A. West Carteret lost three of its last four.

No. 11 Southern Nash (8-3) at No. 6 Swansboro (8-3)

Southern Nash finished fourth in the Big East 3A. Swansboro tied for second in the Coastal 3A.

No. 10 Northwood (8-3) at No. 7 Eastern Alamance (8-3)

Northwood’s Ti Pinnix averages 265.5 passing yards.

No. 15 Pikeville Aycock (4-7) at No. 2 Western Alamance (10-1)

Western Alamance has won five straight and had shutouts in its last two games. Aycock was sixth in the Eastern Carolina 3A.

2AA East

No. 16 SW Edgecombe (5-6) at No. 1 High Point Andrews (9-1)

No. 9 Randleman (8-3) at No. 8 North Brunswick (8-3)

No. 12 St. Paul’s (8-3) at No. 5 Northside (Jacksonville) (8-3)

No. 13 Hertford County (6-5) at No. 4 South Granville (9-2)

No. 14 North Pitt (6-5) at No. 3 Washington (9-2)

No. 11 Greene Central (3-8) at No. 6 Bunn (7-4)

No. 10 Franklinton (8-3) at No. 7 Kinston (6-5)

No. 15 East Duplin (5-6) at No. 2 Currituck County (9-2)

2A East

No. 16 West Bladen (5-6) at No. 1 Northeastern (9-2)

No. 9 Graham (5-6) at No. 8 Beddingfield (7-4)

No. 12 Midway (9-2) at No. 5 Edenton Holmes (8-3)

No. 13 Fairmont (8-3) at No. 4 Ayden-Grifton (5-6)

No. 14 East Bladen (6-5) at No. 3 Clinton (7-3)

No. 11 Jordan-Matthews (5-6) at No. 6 Southwest Onslow (8-3)

No. 10 Farmville Central (8-2) at No. 7 Eastern Randolph (7-4)

No. 15 Southern Vance (5-6) at No. 2 South Columbus (8-3)

1AA East

No. 8 Spring Creek (3-8) at No. 1 Tarboro (9-2)

No. 5 East Carteret (5-6) at No. 4 Camden County (6-5)

No. 6 Perquimans (5-6) at No. 3 Riverside-Martin (7-4)

No. 7 Gates County (4-7) at No. 2 Wallace-RH (9-2)

No. 8 Union (3-8) at No. 1 James Kenan (10-0)

No. 5 Granville Central (7-4) at No. 4 Princeton (8-3)

No. 6 Lakewood (7-4) at No. 3 Louisburg (8-3)

No. 7 Rosewood (4-7) at No. 2 Whiteville (9-2)

1A East

No. 8 Creswell (3-8) at No. 1 Plymouth (10-0)

No. 5 Northside (6-5) at No. 4 Manteo (7-4)

No. 6 Columbia at No. 3 Northampton County (8-3)

No. 7 Southside (3-8) at No. 2 Pamlico County (7-4)

No. 8 Northwest Halifax (1-10) at No. 1 Lejeune (10-1)

No. 5 North Duplin (4-7) at No. 4 Weldon (4-7)

No. 6 East Columbus (4-7) at No. 3 North Edgecombe (5-5)

No. 7 Rocky Mount Prep (2-9) at No. 2 Southeast Halifax (7-4)

NCISAA

Eight man championship: Rocky Mount Academy (9-2) vs. Southampton, Va. (11-0) at Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium, 7 p.m.

Division I championship: Charlotte Latin (9-2) at Charlotte Christian (11-0)

Division II semifinals: Hickory Grove (8-3) at Davidson Day (11-1); Arden Christ (8-2) at Harrells Christian (8-3)

Division III championship: Victory Christian (7-4) at Southlake Christian (10-1)

Tim Stevens

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