W. Alamance / Williams highlights first-round matchups
Seven area high school football teams were selected for the state playoffs, according to brackets released by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association on Saturday.
In the Class 3-A East Region, No. 14 seed Williams High School will play at No. 3 Western Alamance, which is the Mid-State 3-A Conference champion. The Warriors (10-1) defeated Williams 26-7 in Week 2, making it 16 straight victories against the Bulldogs (6-5).
In the same region, No. 7 Eastern Alamance plays host to No. 10 South Johnston. The Mid-State 3-A Conference runner-up Eagles (8-3) last played the Trojans (8-3) in 2011. That was also a first-round playoff matchup, won by Eastern Alamance 49-19.
In the Class 3-AA East Region, No. 12 Southern Alamance takes its 9-2 record on the road to meet No. 5 Greenville Conley. The Vikings (8-3) were knocked out of last season’s playoffs by another Mid-Piedmont Conference team — Eastern Guilford.
Eastern Guilford, a No. 7 seed in the Class 3-A East Region, will play host to No. 10 Greenville Rose. The Wildcats (9-2) advanced to state championship game in 2016 and the East Regional final in 2017. The Rampants are 8-3, after a 3-8 season in 2017.
In the Class 2-AA East Region, Mid-State 2-A Conference runner-up Cummings High School is a No. 6 seed and will play host to No. 11 St. Pauls (8-3). This is the first spot in the playoffs for Cummings (4-7) since 2015. These two teams last met in the first round of the 2011 playoffs — a game Cummings won 38-6.
In the 2-A West Region, No. 9 Eastern Randolph (9-2) plays at No. 8 Brevard (8-3). Both teams finished third in their respective conferences.
First-round matchups are Friday night.
The NCHSAA also announced sites for state championship games which take place Dec. 14-15. Class 3-A and 3-AA will play at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Class 2-A and 2-AA will play at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.