Football state playoff brackets unveiled

Matthew Gorry Sports Writer

November 11, 2013

All four area football teams were granted postseason berths in the upcoming state playoffs, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced Saturday.

Starmount (8-3), which clinched a share of the Mountain Valley Conference championship with a win over Alleghany in the finale, was awarded the No. 2 seed in the 1AA West pod. The Rams will open against seventh-seeded Mitchell (1-10) in the first round Friday in Boonville.

East Wilkes (1-10) received a bid in the 1AA bracket despite the lone win (29-21 victory over Wilkes Central on Nov. 1). The Cardinals will travel to top-seeded Swain County (9-2) Friday in the opener.

The Maroon Devils routed East in the playoff opener last season, 68-22, en route to the 1AA State Championship game.

Elkin (6-5) was named the No. 5 seed in the 1A West pod and will kick off the postseason on the road with conference rival Alleghany (6-5) for the second-straight season.

The Buckin’ Elks blasted the Trojans, 44-6, in last year’s playoff game. But Alleghany cruised to a 47-6 victory two weeks ago at Grissom Stadium.

Forbush (6-5) is back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. The Falcons, the No. 11 seed in the 2AA West pod, will open against sixth-seeded Maiden (10-1) Friday night on the road.

Forbush secured its first winning season since 2004 with a victory over North Surry in last Friday’s finale.

In other Mountain Valley Conference pairings: fourth-seeded Ashe County will host No. 13 Bunker Hill, while third-seeded North Wilkes will welcome No. 14 Brevard to Hays. West Wilkes and Wilkes Central were not granted berths.

In other Western Piedmont Conference pairings: top-seeded Carver will open against Lake Norman Charter in Winston-Salem, while No. 7 West Stokes will host 10th-ranked East Davidson. Surry Central will travel to second-seeded North Rowan in the opener.

In other Northwest Conference pairings: conference champ Mount Airy secured the No. 2 seed and will host 15th-ranked East Montgomery, while No. 3 East Surry will host sixth-ranked Walkertown. Bishop McGuinness will head to North Stanly in the 4-5 match-up with sixth-seeded Atkins rounding out area teams against No. 3 South Robeson.

All games are slated for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the higher-seeded teams.

For full brackets, visit nchsaa.org.

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