Friday night’s results gave four area schools conference championships or shares of championships as the calendar officially turned to NCHSAA playoff time.
The NCHSAA will release the playoff pairings sometime on Saturday afternoon. The first round is set for Nov. 14 with state championship games set for Dec. 13.
Garner took the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference title, while three teams shared the Two Rivers 3A Conference title.
Greater Neuse River 4A: Garner downed Rolesville 63-12 on Friday. The Trojans (10-1) will be seeded as a 10-0 team and thus is in the running for the No. 1 overall seed in the 4AA ranks. (Remember, teams that play 11 games can drop one game from their non-conference record for seeding purposes.) That No. 1 regional seeding will come down to a drawing with Wake Forest for the No. 1 seed in the east regional.
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Garner senior back Nyheim Hines became the school’s all-time leading rusher with a 233-yard first-half performance against Rolesville. Hines passed Anthony Barbour, who ran for 5,907 yards in his career.
West Johnston is officially in the playoffs for the first time under Jimmy Williams after a 42-14 win over Harnett Central Friday. The Wildcats (8-3) are the No. 3 seed from the GNRC.
Clayton’s victory over Southeast Raleigh means the Comets are a 6-4 at large team (finishing fourth in the GNRC) for playoff purposes.
Two Rivers 3A: With South Johnston, Corinth Holders and Cleveland all winning, the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship ended up split three ways. All three teams went 4-1 in the league with losses to each other.
Per a new NCHSAA seeding procedure, there will be two No. 1 seeds from the conference with South Johnston guaranteed to go into the smaller 3A bracket and Corinth Holders and Cleveland set to go into the larger 3AA bracket.
South gets a No. 1 league seed in 3A and Corinth Holders gets the No. 1 league seed in 3AA. Corinth Holders gets the No. 1 based on its head-to-head win over Cleveland, a No. 2 seed.
Carolina 1A: Princeton’s 52-12 win over Rosewood gave the Bulldogs the No. 2 seeding from the Carolina 1A Conference. But of more importance for the Bulldogs is the 1A/1AA dividing line. Princeton, which made the regional finals in 1A in 2012 and was in 1AA in 2013, is right on the dividing line between the large/small designation. It’s so close that a coin flip could determine who goes big and who goes small.