NC football playoffs: Wakefield gets another shot at Millbrook

tstevens@newsobserver.comNovember 19, 2013 

All games at 7:30 p.m.

4AA Playoffs

MILLBROOK (8-3) at WAKEFIELD (11-1)

Millbrook played one of its best games of the season in a 40-19 victory over the Wolverines on Oct. 18. The Wildcats intercepted three passes and held Wakefield to 205 passing yards on 45 attempts.

Wildcat sophomore Reid Herring passed for 253 yards and four touchdowns while Marcus Marshall ran for 115 of the Wildcats’ 185 rushing yards.

The setback was the Wolverines’ only loss of the season, but they struggled mightily to slip past Green Hope (5-7), escaping with a 14-13 first round playoff win. Millbrook beat Leesville 24-21 in the first round.

WAKE FOREST (9-3) at SOUTHERN PINES PINECREST (11-1)

Pinecrest is averaging 41.4 points per game and allowing 22.8.

Wake Forest’s three losses are by a total of 12 points. The Cougars win with defense, allowing 16.5 points per game.

The Cougars’ Wing-T offense is led by junior Bryce Love, who has run for 1,822 yards and averages 11.5 yards per carry.

GARNER (9-3) at FAYETTEVILLE BRITT (9-3)

One of the best playoff rivalries will get its sixth chapter in the past nine seasons when Garner makes the 73-mile trip to play Jack Britt on Friday night. (Britt leads the series 3-2.) It will be the third meeting in as many seasons, the last two coming in the regional championship game. Britt won the last one and Garner won in 2011.

Offense has carried the load for both teams this season. Britt averages 450 yards of offense with 2,000-yard back Eric Carter and quarterback Harrison Strother throwing 21 TD passes.

Garner has Nyheim Hines whose 50 touchdowns is a school record.

Defensively, both teams have struggled to replace the veterans that helped their teams reach two straight regional championship games. Look for a game more like 2011 (34-27 Garner) or 2005 (28-17 Britt) than last year’s (14-8 Britt).

HOPE MILLS SOUTH VIEW (9-3) at MIDDLE CREEK (10-2)

Middle Creek has won eight straight since starting 2-2 with losses to Garner and Wakefield, another pair of second-round playoff teams.

The Mustangs battled injuries early, but seem to have been getting stronger the season progresses. Brant Grisel has passed for 2,284 yards and the Mustangs average 29.75 points, but the key to the season has been a defense that yields only 16.2 points per game and strong special teams.

South View finished third in the Mid-South 4A behind Fayetteville Britt and Fayetteville Pine Forest and held on to stop Durham Riverside 20-17 in the first round. Linebacker Bryan Jones had 18 tackles and lineman Shamori Wallace had nine tackles and three sacks against Riverside.

4A Playoffs

NEW BERN (9-3) at SCOTLAND (12-0)

New Bern opened 0-2 with losses to Hillside and Havelock. Scotland may have the best team in the state, or at least in the East.

HILLSIDE (9-2) at KNIGHTDALE (10-1)

Hillside completely dominated the PAC-6 4A regular season, winning its five league games by an average of 35.8 points. The Hornets’ Donte Thomas-Williams rushed for 254 yards in a 36-30 win over Clayton last week, but Hillside needed Kalen McCain’s second interception of the night to hold on for the win.

Knightdale has rolled up eight straight wins since losing to Heritage 23-22 in one of the biggest upsets of the season. Nathaniel Harvey has rushed for 1,198 yards while Marquavious Johnson is one of the most explosive players in the area.

GREENVILLE ROSE (10-2) at GREENVILLE CONLEY (10-2)

Conley beat Rose 33-20 in late September. Rose was an impressive 27-14 winner over Fayetteville Pine Forest in the first round. Conley beat Fayetteville Smith 35-14 last week.

NEW HANOVER (9-3) at WILMINGTON HOGGARD (11-1)

Hoggard nipped New Hanover 21-18 during the regular season. Hoggard’s only loss was 33-23 to Wake Forest.

3AA Playoffs

WILSON FIKE (9-1) at FAYETTEVILLE BYRD (10-2)

Fike’s only loss was to rival Wilson Hunt, 41-34, in the regular-season finale. Byrd is the Cape Fear Valley 3A champion.

WEST BRUNSWICK (4-7) at WILSON HUNT (9-3)

Hunt has won six straight. West Brunswick, which beat Corinth Holders in the first round 44-37, finished behind 4As Wilmington Hoggard, New Hanover and Wilmington Laney in the Mideastern 3A/4A combination conference.

ORANGE (11-1) at CLEVELAND (9-3)

Orange comes out of the Big Eight 3A Conference which featured three eight-win teams in the regular season: Orange, Cardinal Gibbons and Southern Durham. Orange beat Gibbons (which thrashed Triton 44-28 in the first round), 49-28, but lost to Southern, 55-41 in its regular-season finale.

Cleveland’s defense will need to continue its late-season surge on Friday. The Rams are giving up 16.8 points a game in its last six games. Orange averages 41.2 points a game and has hit the 30-point mark four straight games.

Defensively, the Panthers have held seven opponents to one touchdown or less and have five shutouts.

CARDINAL GIBBONS (9-3) at SOUTHERN DURHAM (10-2)

No team in the area has been more impressive than Southern Durham, whose two losses were to 4A Durham Hillside and Scotland.

Southern won its regular-season meeting against Gibbons, 45-28.

Southern quarterback Kendall Hinton has passed for 2,876 yards and 27 touchdowns and he leads the Spartans with 908 yards rushing.

Gibbons quarterback Shawn Stankavage leads the area with 3,318 yards and 30 touchdown passes.

3A Playoffs

ANSON (6-6) at HAVELOCK (12-0)

Coach Jim Bob Bryant’s Havelock club has not been seriously contested this year and has won 25 straight. Its closest win was 28-16 over Richlands. Havelock has allowed seven points in their last six games and have seven shutouts this season.

JACKSONVILLE (9-3) at NORTH FORSYTH (7-5)

North Forsyth won the Mid-Piedmont 3A. Jacksonville’s losses were to New Bern, Havelock and West Craven.

SOUTHERN NASH (9-3) at EASTERN WAYNE (9-2)

Eastern Wayne tied for third in the Eastern Carolina 3A and beat league champ Greenville Conley 31-26 during the regular season. Southern Nash was fourth in the Big East.

EASTERN ALAMANCE (9-3) at WESTERN ALAMANCE (11-1)

Western, the Mid-State 3A top seed, nipped Eastern 10-7 during the regular season.

2AA Playoffs

NORTH BRUNSWICK (9-3) at HIGH POINT ANDREWS (10-1)

High Point Andrews lost its opener to High Point Central 27-7, but has been exceptional on defense since. It has allowed 7.9 points per game since the loss. North Brunswick was third in the East Central 2A.

HERTFORD (7-5) at JACKSONVILLE NORTHSIDE (9-3)

Northside lost to West Carteret, Havelock and New Bern during the first five weeks. Hertford County was fourth in the Northeastern Coastal.

BUNN (8-4) at WASHINGTON (10-2)

Bunn football coach David Howle predicted early in the season, when his club was 1-3, that his Wildcats would come on as the season progressed. Since then, Bunn has won seven of eight games.

The Wildcats’ only loss down the stretch was 28-10 to Northern Carolina 2A champ South Granville. The Wildcats blasted Greene Central 69-20 in the first round of the playoffs. Tevin Ferrel leads Bunn with 1,341 rushing yards in 10 games, including 250 in two of the last three weeks.

Washington is a power. Its losses were 28-6 to 3A Havelock and 14-7 to West Craven. Washington allows only 13.3 points per game.

KINSTON (7-5) at CURRITUCK (10-2)

Currituck beat Northeastern 29-28 during the regular season to take the Northeastern Coastal’s top seed. Kinston had a four-game losing streak and was pounded by Ayden-Grifton 76-0, but beat Franklinton 31-27 in the first round.

2A Playoffs

WILSON BEDDINGFIELD (8-4) at ELIZABETH CITY NORTHEASTERN (10-2)

Northeastern’s losses were to Wilson Hunt and Currituck. Beddingfield has won seven of its last eight.

EDENTON HOLMES (9-3) at AYDEN-GRIFTON (6-6)

Holmes has won eight of its last nine and shared the Northeastern Coastal title with Currituck and Northeastern. Ayden-Grifton lost its first six games, but was undefeated in the Eastern Carolina Conference.

EAST BLADEN (7-5) at SOUTHWEST ONSLOW (9-3)

Southwest was the runner-up in the East Central. East Bladen started 1-5 before winning six straight.

SOUTHERN VANCE (6-6) at EASTERN RANDOLPH (8-4)

The NCHSAA executive committee ruled on Wednesday and the full NCHSAA board of directors ruled on Thursday that Southern Vance didn’t have to forfeit its 12-6 playoff-opening win over South Columbus despite playing an ineligible player. Southern Vance had a player ejected in a Nov. 8 game against Franklinton. An ejected player must sit out the next game. However, the official notification of the ejection was not filed with the N.C. High School Athletic Association until Saturday, Nov. 16. Southern Vance had not been notified officially of the ejection before last week’s win over South Columbus. The player will not play in the second round game.

1AA Playoffs

CAMDEN (7-5) at TARBORO (10-2)

Tarboro entered the season as the 1AA favorite. Its losses were to Washington and Southern Nash. The Vikings have allowed four touchdowns in their last six games.

RIVERSIDE MARTIN (8-4) at WALLACE-ROSE HILL (10-2)

Riverside was the Two Rivers 1A runner-up behind Tarboro. Wallace-Rose Hill has six shutouts this season and allow 7.75 points per game.

PRINCETON (9-3) at WARSAW KENAN (11-0)

Kenan won the regular-season game, 35-22 on Sept. 27, and hasn’t had a decision closer than 25 points since. Princeton hasn’t lost since its last trip to Tiger land, winning its last six games by at least four touchdowns.

Princeton quarterback Michael Wooten threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns against Kenan. Johnny Frasier – the leading rusher in the area – had 154 yards receiving. Kenan’s JaQuan Williams ran for 151 yards.

LAKEWOOD (8-4) at WHITEVILLE (10-2)

Whiteville pounded Rosewood 55-0 in the first round while Lakewood topped Louisburg 34-14.

1A Playoffs

MANTEO (8-4) at PLYMOUTH (11-0)

No team has scored more than 23 points on Plymouth, which allows 7.45 points per game. Plymouth, which has won 23 straight, beat Manteo 30-0 during the regular season.

NORTHAMPTON (9-3) at PAMLICO (8-4)

Pamlico was the Coastal Plains runner-up. Northampton was third in the Two Rivers.

NORTH DUPLIN (5-7) at LEJEUNE (11-1)

Lejeune has won 11 straight since dropping its opener, 36-7, to Swansboro. North Duplin had a seven-game losing streak, but has won its last three.

EAST COLUMBUS (5-7) at SOUTHEAST HALIFAX (8-4)

Southeast pounded Rocky Mount Prep 62-0 last week. East Columbus had a six-game losing streak before winning its last three.

D. Clay Best contributed to this story.

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