Friday’s games — What’s on the Line
Two Rivers 3A
All 7:30 p.m. starts
Western Harnett (1-3, 4-6)
at Cleveland (3-1, 8-2)
Corinth Holders (3-1, 7-3)
at Triton (0-4, 0-10)
South Johnston (3-1, 4-6) at
Smithfield-Selma (2-2, 3-7)
Let’s start with the wildest of all possible scenarios that could come about 11 p.m. Friday night: Smithfield-Selma beats South Johnston and Corinth Holders and Cleveland are both upset by the Harnett County schools. That leaves us with a four-way tie for first place at 3-2 with SSS, South, Corinth Holders and Cleveland.
If that happens, Corinth Holders goes in as the conference’s No. 1 seed, Cleveland as No. 2, Smithfield-Selma as No. 3 and South Johnston would be fourth and likely out of the playoffs. That’s because Corinth Holders and Cleveland have matching 2-1 records among the four tied teams and South and SSS would be both 1-2. Corinth Holders wins the tiebreaker over Cleveland because of its head-to-head victory, same with Smtihfield-Selma in its tie with fellow 1-2 (in the four-team tie) South Johnston.
The more likely scenario is a three-way tie that can’t be broken between South Johnston, Cleveland and Corinth Holders. In that case, a drawing will determine the playoff seedings for each team.
Greater Neuse River 4A
All 7 p.m. starts
Clayton (2-4, 5-5) at
Southeast Raleigh (4-6, 3-3)
Clayton and Southeast Raleigh both need a win to have a shot at making the playoff field. A loss by either puts those chances in jeopardy, more so for Southeast.
Harnett Central (2-4, 3-7) at
West Johnston (4-2, 7-3)
West Johnston is in the playoffs, but can help its seeding improve with a win and carry a 8-2 mark for seeding purposes into the postseason. (Remember, teams that play 11 games can drop one non-conference result from their record for seeding purposes.)
Princeton (4-1, 9-1) at
Rosewood (4-1, 6-4), 7:30 p.m.
It’s a simple equation for the rival Bulldogs and Eagles — win and second place in the conference is yours. James Kenan has already clinched that No. 1 playoff seeding with its conference season complete. A Princeton win likely means the Bulldogs would have at least two playoff games at home.
Eastern Plains 2A
Washington (4-0, 9-1) at
North Johnston (0-4, 1-9), 7:30 p.m.
Washington can stay in the hunt for a No. 1 region seeding in the postseason with a victory and clinch the outright league championship. The Pam Pack is already locked in as the league’s No. 1 seed.
North Johnston will honor its seniors in the Panthers’ last game of the season.