Friday’s Area Games
4A : East Wake (10-2)
at Scotland (11-1), 7:30
There’s no real good way to get to Scotland County and it isn’t easy to return from the Laurinburg school with a win, either.
The Fighting Scots meet a Greater Neuse River power for the second straight year. They outlasted GNRC champ Knightdale in the third round of the playoffs last season.
This year’s Scotland team is averaging 42 points per game and finds the end zone about three times more on the ground (43) than through the air (15). Scotland has allowed its opponents 17 points per game. Its only loss came 34-28 to 3A Southern Durham, The News & Observer’s top-ranked area team.
The Warriors, who have the means to sting in a number of ways on offense, will need to protect the ball to be successful on this road trip. The Scots have 12 fumble recoveries and six interceptions on the season.
East Wake quarterback Tripp Harrington has plenty of options in Tyler Burton, Quincy Jackson and DeAndre Holmes – and even more with the timely return of Greg Taylor, who caught a pair of TDs against West Johnston in round one in his first game back from a concussion. Harrington will do good to spread the ball out to his skill players.
There’s no secret what to expect from East Wake in the run game. A healthy Damontay Rhem is a hungry Damontay Rhem.
The Warriors rush 90 yards less per game than the Scots, but throw 125 yards more on average.
Team Leaders: EWK — Rushing: Damontay Rhem 1,602 yards, 12 TDs; Tripp Harrington 779 yards, 15 TDs; Passing: Tripp Harrington 2,364 yards, 191-of-300, 30 TDs, 12 INTs; Receiving: Tyler Burton 693 yards, 48 receptions, 11 TDs; Quincy Jackson 628 yards, 39 receptions, 7 TDs; SCO — Rushing: Quadrin Williams 1,186 yards, 8.5 YPC, 13 TDs; Zamir White (freshman) 874 yards, 8.16 YPC, 14 TDs; Passing: Dashaun Ferguson 1,070 yards, 57-of-104, 12 TDs, 3 INTs; Receiving: Randy Leak 434 yards, 18 receptions, 5 TDs; Willie Douglas 385 yards, 20 receptions, 5 TDs.
Up Next: The winner meets Fayetteville Cape Fear (9-3) or Wilmington Hoggard (11-0).
3AA: Hillsborough Orange (11-1)
at Corinth Holders (9-3), 7:30
Orange makes its second straight trip to Johnston County for a second round 3AA playoff game. The Panthers beat Cleveland 59-50 on their previous visit to Johnston County.
Senior Grett Cloer directs the Orange offense. He’s a prototypical modern day quarterback at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. Michael Bolden, Erik Brandon-Dean and Drew Lemaster lead the backfield and can catch the ball as well. Cloer had long TD passes to Bryse Wilson and Josh Kiehle in the 21-20 win over Lee County in the first round.
Orange is stout defensively as well, allowing just 13.6 points a game. The Panthers have won high scoring games (38-37 over Chapel Hill) and low-scoring ones (14-7 over Northwood as well).
The Pirates have won 9 of their last 10 after an 0-2 start and average 34.8 points a game.
Pass rush pressure and secondary play will be huge for both teams as either quarterback (Gloer or Corinth Holders’ Cole Sakowski) can take over a game.
Team Leaders: COR — Rushing: Howard Watson 1,448 yards, 8.4 YPC, 17 TDs; Passing: Cole Sakowski 2,098 yards, 130-of-226, 23 TDs, 4 INTs; Receiving: Dymon Walker 1,030 yards, 51 receptions, 10 TDs; Tony Kirkwood 551 yards, 35 receptions, 9 TDs. ORA — Not available.
Up Next: The winner meets Northern Guilford (11-1) or Wilson Fike (11-1).