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12/14/2018 5:18:00 AM
Shelby Goes After Another Title

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Shelby won four state championships in a row from 2013-2016.  They didn't win one last season, and many thought the Golden Lions weren't going to make it this year after they lost three of their first four games; but then, a win over Kings Mountain turned things around, and they haven't lost since.

The Lions were only the fourth seed in the west when the brackets were announced in early November.  Pisgah was #1--but East Lincoln, a 16-seed, knocked them out in round one.  

A lot of people thought Hibriten, seeded #2, was too good to lose.  They hadn't lost since 2016, going undefeated last year to claim a state title, but they had trouble with Belmont South Point, and while they beat #3 west seed Bandys, they fell to the Lions in a close game last Friday.  

To claim the top prize again, the Lions will have to beat North Davidson.  The Black Knights have lost only twice this season: one of those losses was to Ledford Senior from Thomasville, a last game of the regular season loss they avenged with a win in the playoffs last week.  

The NCHSAA 2AA Championship game will be played at Raleigh's Carter-Finley Stadium at 2:30 Saturday afternoon.  Drive carefully: Interstate 40 will be packed as folks from Cleveland County make their way to Raleigh for the game.  

Shelby is, of course, the only team from our area involved in any NCHSAA Football Championship game this weekend.  

The game will be broadcast on radio stations WOHS, WLON & WSCL.  

[Some say we've got the figures wrong, but they're the official figures from the NCHSAA.  Shelby has appeared in 13 of the NCHSAA's championship games and they've won nine NCHSAA titles.  As a part of another organization, Shelby also claims some state championships that were NOT part of the NCHSAA.  They may have 41 championship appearances and 16 titles--but our figures are the ones from the NCHSAA.]

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