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Football Preview: Nov. 14 Playoff Games

East Wake quarterback Tripp Harrington is is met by Knightdale’s Jake DeShields (51) in their game in Wendell, N.C. on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.
East Wake quarterback Tripp Harrington is is met by Knightdale’s Jake DeShields (51) in their game in Wendell, N.C. on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. amoody@newsobserver.com

Friday’s Area Playoff Games

4A: No. 11 West Johnston (8-3)

at No. 6 East Wake (9-2), 7:30

It’s the one thing many in Wake County have come to expect in the playoffs and dislike about the playoffs: conference rivals meeting in the first round. But if you’re drawing them up on paper, this is one conference rematch actually worth seeing.

East Wake won the first round (28-14 on Oct. 17) with three big play touchdowns (all covering 25 yards or more). West, which had just 181 yards of offense in the first meeting, will have to tackle well against the likes of bruising back Damontay Rhem and the rest of a physical Warrior squad.

Up Next: The winner meets either No. 14 Greenville Conley (8-3) or No. 3 Scotland County (10-1).

3AA: No. 14 Cameron Union Pines (6-5)

at No. 3 Corinth Holders (8-3), 7:30

Corinth Holders gets the chance to host its first playoff game in the new era on Friday. Union Pines hasn’t exactly shined in the late season. The Vikings have lost four of their last five entering the 3AA playoffs. Three of those losses were not close either.

It’s Union Pines’ first playoff appearance since 2007.

Up Next: The winner meets either No. 11 Lee County (9-2) or No. 6 Orange (10-1).

Final Regular Season Standings

Greater Neuse River 4A

Conf. Overall
W L W L
Garner 7 0 10 1
East Wake 6 1 9 2
West Johnston 5 2 8 3
Clayton 3 4 6 5
Southeast Raleigh 3 4 4 7
Harnett Central 2 5 3 8
Knightdale 1 6 3 8
Rolesville 1 6 1 10

Two Rivers 3A

Conf. Overall
W L W L
Cleveland 4 1 9 2
Corinth Holders 4 1 8 3
South Johnston 4 1 5 6
Smithfield-Selma 2 3 3 8
Western Harnett 1 4 4 7
Triton 0 5 0 11
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