No. 6 seed Mitchell County (8-4) downed No. 11 Granville Central (7-5) in Bakersville late Friday to eliminate the Panthers from the NCHSAA 1-AA playoffs.
Is there another state championship in the offing for our area high school football? We’ll know a little bit more after Friday's 7:30 opening round of 10 state playoff games in five classifications.
Reigning and undefeated 3-AA state champion Southern, fresh off a miraculous comeback win at previously undefeated Orange Friday night has earned the No. 1 seed in the 16-team state 3-AA football playoffs that begin Friday. ... Complete list of all area teams' playoff seedings and Friday night matchups ... Updates from preliminary brackets are many, including Granville Central losing home opener, seeding drops and opponent changes.
When head coach John Hammet arrived at Granville Central four years ago, the Panthers were barely able to field a team as they stumbled to losing records. But two years later, the team is on its way to its second consecutive playoff appearance after stompingTar-Roanoke 1-A Conference rival Northwest Halifax 42-0 Friday night.
Reigning state champion Southern won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night, handing Orange its first loss of the season 27-23 en route to the Big Eight 3-A Conference championship and likely the No. 1 seed in the state 3-AA playoffs.
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Southern 27, Orange 23
Northern 34, Riverside 22
Chapel Hill 42, Cedar Ridge 30
Hillside 57, Roxboro Person 0
Northwood 31, Cardinal Gibbons 6
Granville Central 42, Northwest Halifax 0
South Granville 14, Roanoke Rapids 0 ...
Reidsville 56, Carrboro 6 ...
Northern Vance 36, Oxford Webb 19
Granville Central tops KIPP Pride 35-12; Cedar Ridge beats Northern Vance 56-28; Warren County rips South Granville 24-7 and Graham beats Carrboro 28-21.
Chapel Hill, Jordan and Granville Central open state 3-A, 4-A and 1-A boys' soccer playoffs with wins in opening round Tuesday night.
Chapel Hill freshman Gina Kim’s two-stroke lead at the turn Tuesday vanished in a 5-over-par finish as Sanford Lee County’s Siranon Shoomee shot 5-under 67 to win the NCHSAA girls’ 3-A golf championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst. ... Carrboro to meet NCSSM in state 2-A girls' dual-team tennis semifinals today ... Voyager Academy to host Franklin Academy in girls' 1-A tennis semifinals today as well.
Durham Academy loses NCISAA field hockey title 1-0 in sudden-death to Charlotte Country Day ... Area 2-A and 4-A state tennis finalists all fall in championship round ... Many area programs advance through regionals to state cross country championships.
Kestrel Heights tops Fayetteville Christian School ... Granville Central falls to Louisburg. ...
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
Hobbton 47, Kestrel Heights 6 ... SE Halifax 40, Granville Central 35 ... ECH forfeits to Northern.
Four of the preseason Big Eight 3-A Conference powers, all of whom have lived up to their billings, are in action Friday, Oct. 17. In Pittsboro, reigning Big Eight and state 3-AA state champion Southern (7-0, 3-0 Big Eight) visits Northwood (6-1, 2-1) at 7, while in Hillsborough, Orange (7-0, 3-0) hosts Chapel Hill (6-1, 2-1).
Granville Central junior Jay Parker came into Monday’s game against Weldon leading all North Carolina 1-A quarterbacks in passing yardage and in seventh place for all divisions. So naturally he ran for a pair of touchdowns in a 34-12 homecoming win for the Panthers.