Eagles visit Douglas Byrd as postseason begins
3AA East - No. 16 Western Harnett (4-7) at No. 1 Douglas Byrd (9-2) - 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting - Douglas Byrd 27, Western Harnett 14 - Oct. 5, 2012
Former Cape Fear Valley Conference mates, with Douglas Byrd now as the new CFVC champ and Western Harnett having gone 2-3 in its first Two Rivers Conference campaign, meet in the first round of the state playoffs tonight in Fayetteville.
Douglas Byrd's undefeated CFVC run ended with three straight blowout wins and the Byrd defense allowing 10 total points in the three wins. Running back/quarterback/returner/punter Alonzo Hurtado has carried for 1,117 yards and 15 touchdowns for Douglas Byrd.
Western Harnett made the postseason after beginning the season 0-4. League wins against Smithfield-Selma and South Johnston took the Eagles to a 4-5 mark before losses to Triton and last Friday to Cleveland, 35-16.
Western Harnett's averaging 222 rushing yards a game led by senior Laron Gilchrist, 764 yards and seven touchdowns, senior Darius Alston, 626 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Gartrel Barnes, 465 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The victor of this contests gets the winner of Fike vs. Lee County in the second round.
3AA East - No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons (8-3) at No. 7 Triton (9-2) - 7:30 p.m.
The Crusaders and host Hawks both put up lots of points. Cardinal Gibbons largely does it throwing the ball. Triton goes mostly on the ground.
The Hawks have won three straight games, coming in off two wins last week; a 55-15 win versus Western Harnett on Monday and a 41-14 win at Corinth Holders on Friday to finish 4-1 in the Two Rivers.
Senior Zach Wade leads the Hawk running game with 981 yards and eight touchdowns. Junior D'Angelo Harris has 802 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing. The Hawks average 274 rushing yards a game.
Senior quarterback Shawn Stankavage has 3,007 passing yards and 28 touchdowns for the Crusaders and he's their leading rusher with 807 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Crusaders routed Northwood 55-14 last Friday to finish 5-2 in the Big Eight Conference.
Triton fell in the first round of the state playoffs last fall while Cardinal Gibbons lost in the second round.
4AA East - No. 13 Laney (6-4) at No. 4 Pinecrest (10-1) - 7:30 p.m.
The best regular season record in program history earned Pinecrest a home playoff game this Friday, and with a win, at least the second round as well.
Behind 218 yards and three passing touchdowns by sophomore quarterback Christian Ledbetter, the Patriots outscored Hoke County 49-28 to finish 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The Patriots also scored with an interception return by Carson Maples, three made field goals by Jackson Maples and a 63-yard pass from receiver Bradley Black to receiver Cameron Brown.
Laney had lost back-to-back games before getting a 27-26 win at Ashley last Friday.
3A East - No. 10 Northwood (8-3) at No. 7 Eastern Alamance (8-3) - 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting - Northwood 28, Eastern Alamance 18 - Oct. 15, 2004
Northwood's first football season in 3A has resulted in a playoff berth and a 4-3 mark through the Big Eight. The Chargers have to rebound though from a 55-14 loss to Cardinal Gibbons.
Junior Ti Pinnix has thrown for 2,787 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 12 touchdowns.
Junior Kadarus Rone leads the Charger running game with 993 yards and 11 touchdowns. Junior Jalen Smith has combined with Pinnix for 80 catches, 1,231 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Eastern Alamance enters the playoffs from a 35-13 win at Northeast Guilford last Friday.
1A Midwest - No. 8 Chatham Central (2-9) at No. 1 Albemarle (8-3) - 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting - Albemarle 79, Chatham Central 0 - Sept. 20
The Bears rolled to a 50-20 win at South Davidson last Friday night and their first Yadkin Valley Conference was enough to earn a playoff berth.
Chatham Central's scored 118 points in its last four games. Facing top-seeded Albemarle though, the Bears were blitzed in the YVC contest at Albemarle in September. Albemarle scored six touchdowns in the first quarter in that meeting.
1AA Midwest - No. 8 North Moore (2-9) at No. 1 West Montgomery (10-1) - 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting - West Montgomery 56, North Moore 14 - Sept. 20
North Moore is in the postseason for the first time since 2007 under first-year head coach Mike Vogt. The Mustangs, with a 41-0 win over South Davidson in October, ended a two-plus-season losing streak, and topped Chatham Central 51-38 two weeks ago in the Mustang regular-season finale.
West Montgomery, which went 8-0 in the YVC, cruised past the Mustangs in September. The Warriors jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead and totaled 407 rushing yards and 205 passing yards on the night.
2A East - No. 11 Jordan-Matthews (5-6) at No. 6 Southwest Onslow (8-3) - 7:30 p.m.
Jordan-Matthews started the season 2-0, then lost six straight games, then finished with three straight Mid-State wins to finish third in the conference and earn a playoff berth.
The Jets, who fell in the first round last season, face a tough road trip to Jacksonville.
The Jets rolled to a 29-7 halftime lead and a 36-7 win over Cummings last Friday. Hunter Causey carried for two touchdowns.