By late Friday night we'll know which teams made it to the second round of the NCHSAA football playoffs. For now, we can only speculate on who'll advance--and how far.
Maiden High School is the #3 seed in the western division 2A playoffs. The Blue Devils will host 30th seeded Mount Pleasant. If you can't be there, you can hear the game on WNNC Radio (1230AM, 101.3FM) or online at https://wnncradio.com/football/.
West Lincoln is seeded #14 in the west. The Rebels will host #19 seed Surry Central. Typically, the Golden Eagles score more points on average than the Rebels--but they also give up more. Their rushing attack is led by 180-pound senior Karson Crouse who rushed for nearly a thousand yards, but that's only about two-thirds of what Mason Avery did for the Rebels. They averaged scoring just under 25 points per game--but they gave up an average of 26. Their record was 6-4, compared to West Lincoln's 8-2. The West Lincoln game will be live streamed by Chris Ritchie at lincolntonlive.com.
If both Maiden and West win their Friday night games, the two will have a rematch the following week. When they met in late September, the Blue Devils scored the winning touchdown with only eight seconds left in the game to win 20-14.
WLON Radio (1050AM, 107.5FM) will carry the Lincolnton at Monroe game. You can also hear it online at http://www.ktcbroadcasting.com/. Lincolnton got into the playoffs as the #26 seed, while the Redhawks were seed #7. Monroe only played seven regular season games and lost only one of those--their opener to 4A Marvin Ridge. Since that loss, they've averaged over 40 points per game and have allowed only two touchdowns total in the six games they won. The Wolves will need their best game so far to advance.
In the 3A playoffs, North Lincoln, seeded #13 in the west, will host 20th seed West Rowan. A win would likely put them at Crest (the #4 seed) next Friday. The Chargers are heavily favored against #29 seed Carson.
East Lincoln, seeded #18, will play at Oak Grove, the #15 seed. The Grizzlies lost only two games--one of those in overtime. An upset win by the Mustangs would likely have them play at Statesville next Friday. The unbeaten Greyhounds host #31 seed Enka this week. When Statesville and East played on September 24th, the Greyhounds won 23-6, but the Mustangs had lost quarterback Tyler Mizzell to an injury in the Lincolnton game two weeks earlier, and he didn't return until mid-October.
Despite finishing with a 3-7 record, Cherryville will be in the 1A playoffs visiting Cherokee. There are so few 1A teams that many of the ones with the best records have a first round bye. The Cherryville game will be broadcast by WCSL Radio (1590AM, 92.3FM) and available online at http://www.ktcbroadcasting.com/.
Bessemer City, who finished 2-8, will play at North Rowan; Thomas Jefferson will host Avery County; and believe it or not, Highand Tech, who didn't win a game and lost most of their nine tries by 50 points or more, will also get one game in the playoffs. They'll play at Thomasville on Friday.
Mtn. Island Charter finished with a 9-1 record, won't be in the playoffs. They had three players ejected in a game at Winston-Salem Carver, and the NCHSAA has a rule that if you have three or more ousted in a game, you are banned from the playoffs that year.
In other 2A games, Bunker Hill, the #11 seed in the west, will host East Davidson. A win would likely put them up against defending 2A champ Salisbury, the #6 seed, who will host North Forsyth.
Newton-Conover will play at #2 seed East Surry. Burns will host McMichael; East Gaston will play at Community School of Davidson; and Shelby, the #1 seed in the west, will host Owen.
In other 3A games, Hickory, the #21 seed, will play at Smoky Mountain. Kings Mtn. will host Franklin. Stuart Cramer will play at West Charlotte. South Point will host Eastern Guilford; and Forestview will play at Erwin. WOHS Radio (1390AM, 101.5FM) will carry the McMichael at Burns game, also available online at http://www.ktcbroadcasting.com/.
You have to pay for a subscription to watch, but the Lincolnton at Monroe, East Lincoln at Oak Grove, Newton-Conover at East Surry, and Enka at Statesville games will all be live-streamed on NFHS Network.