Football brackets are out for both the 1A, 1AA, 2A, and 2AA schools, and there are certainly some surprises as the playoffs are set to begin.
East Wilkes earned the top overall seed for the 1AA playoffs by completing a perfect regular season with a 29-0 win over West Wilkes Friday night, meaning the road to a possible championship will likely go through Ronda. The Cardinals will host South Robeson Friday night. The Cardinals 11-win undefeated season is impressive, and the first in program history, but they want to make it 16 on the year and hoist the championship trophy on Dec. 12. The winner of that game will play the winner of Swain County and Starmount.
After beating Alleghany in convincing fashion, Starmount was expected to have a home game, but unfortunately for them, the projection did not work out in their favor. Swain County ranks higher in the state than Starmount, but whether or not they can contain the strong running attack is yet to be seen. Seniors Brandon Prescott and Trey Lomax have hit their stride with perfect timing, as have Peyton Mullins and Brendon Eads.
Forbush, meanwhile, just barely made it to the 2AA playoffs, and while making it is an accomplishment in and of itself, it’s highly likely that their season ends Friday night. They travel to undefeated Monroe, who has outscored its opponents 465-119 this season. Except for one game, Monroe has won each of their games by double digits, making it a challenge for the Falcons if they’d like to continue their season.
Elkin would like to have their game on Oct. 30 back. Arguably their closest game all year, four turnovers cost the Buckin’ Elks a possible win against Alleghany for their second win of the season. Instead, the Trojans capitalized on a turnover in the third quarter to win 8-0. Consequentially, Alleghany is in, while Elkin is left out of the 1AA playoffs. Elkin struggled all season long, especially in the second half of games.
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