N.C. First Round Football Playoff Scores

Area Teams

2-AA Playoffs

No. 5 Northwood 28, No. 12 Northeastern 6

Story by Ryan Sarda

PITTSBORO — Tra Chandler broke free on a 92-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Northwood football team.

The senior had 162 yards of rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Chargers to the 28-6 victory over Northeastern on Friday night in the first round of the 2-AA East State Playoffs.

The Chargers (11-1), a No. 5 seed in the playoffs, came up with a huge defensive play on 4th-and-goal by recovering a fumble on the 8-yard line to set up Chandler’s long run.

“It was a nice win for us,” said Northwood coach Bill Hall. “They had as good a defense as we’ve seen all season long. We wanted to get out on them early and try our best to hold them. They had a heck of a football team and it’s nice to get a win.”

The first three scores for the Chargers came in the first quarter. For the rest of the game, the Chargers were forced to hold off several scoring opportunities by the Eagles.

“I thought we played well for the most part,” said Hall. “We did a good job of holding them. They had several chances to put more points on the board, but we were fortunate enough to hold them.”

The Chargers limited the Eagles to 176 yards, with just 68 yards coming on the ground. Prior to the game, Hall knew that the Eagles liked to run the ball and shutting the running game down was his top priority.

“Those guys can run the heck out of the ball,” said Hall. “They rotate three quarterbacks in and out and have a talented tailback. Our defense did its job of holding them to limited yards.”

The Chargers got on the board early when Shane Peppers scored on a 1-yard run. On their next possession, Chandler broke free on a reverse play and scored from 66 yards out.

Sam Griffin led the Chargers through the air. The senior was 6-of-16 for 124 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. Late in the first quarter, Griffin found Ridge Smith for a 42-yard touchdown pass, which put Northwood up 21-0.

3-AA Playoffs

No. 2 Gray’s Creek 27, No. 15 Western Harnett 10

HOPE MILLS — The second chance didn’t go much like the first.

Western Harnett’s hopes of pulling off a first-round stunner in the state 3-AA playoffs were dashed after Gray’s Creek cruised to a 27-10 victory over the Eagles on Friday night.

On Oct. 23, Western Harnett hosted fellow Cape Fear Valley Conference program Gray’s Creek and nearly pulled off the upset, falling 10-7 on a late field goal in Lillington. In that game, the Eagles fumbled twice inside the Bears’ red zone.

There were no such late-game heroics needed for the CFV champion Bears this time around. Gray’s Creek 10-2), seeded second, led 14-3 at the half and was never seriously threatened after that.

Western Harnett (4-6), seeded 15th in the playoffs, was also playing short-handed. The Eagles were without 1,000-yard rusher Shaun McLean, who was lost for the year with two weeks left in the regular season after he was injured as a victim of a physical altercation off campus. McLean rushed for 116 yards on 27 carries in the teams’ meeting.

The Eagles made the postseason for the second straight season, the first under new coach George Coltharp.

PREP SCORES

CLASS 4-AA

EAST

(1) Wake Forest-Rolesville 55, (16) Clayton 0

(11) Raleigh Leesville Road 20, (6) Raleigh Broughton 13

(3) Fayetteville Britt 63, (14) Cary Panther Creek 34

(5) Fuquay-Varina 27, (12) Raleigh Millbrook 13

(7) Lumberton 14, (10) Hope Mills South View 0

(8) Garner 21, (9) Raleigh Wakefield 17

2) Wilmington Hoggard 7, (15) Cary 0

WEST

(1) Matthews Butler 47, (16) West Charlotte 20

(10) Charlotte Providence 26, (7) Charlotte Vance 9

(12) East Mecklenburg at (5) Greensboro Page, ppd.

(3) Charlotte Mallard Creek 28, (14) Huntersville Hopewell 7

(4) Charlotte Olympic 54, (13) North Mecklenburg 14

(6) Charlotte Independence 56, (11) East Forsyth 14

(8) West Forsyth 14, (9) Lake Norman 12

CLASS 4-A

EAST

(5) New Hanover County 24, (12) Holly Springs 0

(7) Southeast Raleigh 36, (10) Greenville Rose 3

(8) Raleigh Athens Drive 35, (9) Person County 17

WEST

(10) High Point Central 14, (7) Kernersville Glenn 13

(14) Watauga County at (3) Jamestown Ragsdale, ppd.

(15) Greensboro Smith at (2) Greensboro Dudley, ppd.

(4) Asheville Reynolds 42, (13) East Gaston 9

(5) Alexander Central 38, (12) Indian Trail Porter Ridge 21

(6) Monroe Sun Valley 10, (11) North Davidson 6

(9) Western Guilford at (8) Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor, ppd.

CLASS 3-AA

EAST

(12) Fayetteville Byrd 28, (5) Fayetteville Westover 21

(14) Burlington Williams at (3) Wilson Hunt, ppd.

(16) Eastern Guilford at (1) South Johnston, ppd.

(4) West Brunswick 34, (13) Chapel Hill 0

(8) Rocky Mount 24, (9) South Central Pitt 20

WEST

(1) Northern Guilford 63, (16) Asheboro 14

(11) Asheville Erwin 49, (6) Charlotte Catholic 28

(12) Anson County 21, (5) Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 7

(13) Shelby Crest at (4) Northeast Guilford, ppd.

(3) Kannapolis Brown 30, (14) Concord Robinson 14

(9) Harrisburg Hickory Ridge 25, (8) North Forsyth 6

CLASS 3-A

EAST

(14) Southern Guilford at (3) Havelock, ppd.

(5) Eastern Alamance 45, (12) Mayodan McMichael 7

(6) East Rowan 14, (11) South Brunswick 11

(7) Western Alamance 21, (10) Washington 6

(9) China Grove Carson 14, (8) Thomasville Ledford 13

WEST

(1) Lenoir Hibriten 42, (16) Charlotte Harding 6

(10) R-S Central 28, (7) South Rowan 21

(4) Waynesville Tuscola 17, (13) Hickory 10

(5) Lawndale Burns 34, (12) West Henderson 31

(6) Franklin 13, (11) Gastonia Huss 7

CLASS 2-AA

EAST

(1) East Duplin 41, (16) St. Pauls 7

(4) South Granville 35, (13) South Lenoir 7

(5) Pittsboro Northwood 28, (12) Elizabeth City Northeastern 6

(6) Bunn 21, (11) Richlands 19

WEST

(1) Shelby 40, (16) Claremont Bunker Hill 9

(4) Marshville Forest Hills 41, (13) Wilkes Central 7

(5) Canton Pisgah 35, (12) Black Mountain Owen 14

(7) Newton-Conover 38, (10) Monroe Piedmont 27

(8) Salisbury 35, (9) East Burke 6

CLASS 2-A

EAST

(1) East Bladen 42, (16) Carrboro 18

(15) Burlington Cummings at (2) Kill Devil Hills First Flight, ppd.

(4) Fairmont 22, (13) Franklinton 14

(7) Whiteville 19, (10) Farmville Central 15

(8) Louisburg 27, (9) Pasquotank County 13

WEST

(1) Boonville Starmount 20, (16) Surry Central 17

(10) Eastern Randolph 16, (7) Climax Providence Grove 0

(13) East Rutherford at (4) Thomasville, ppd.

(2) Burnsville Mountain Heritage 54, (15) Madison County 21

(9) Lexington at (8) Trinity, ppd.

CLASS 1-AA

EAST

(1) Southwest Onslow 64, (16) Clinton Union 21

(14) Rocky Point Trask 13, (3) East Columbus 9

(4) Pender County 49, (13) Perquimans County 7

(5) Ayden-Grifton 27, (12) Dixon 7

(8) Warsaw Kenan 34, (9) East Montgomery 6

WEST

(4) Swain County 34, (13) West Wilkes 7

(7) West Montgomery 34, (10) Kernersville McGuinness 21

(8) Murphy 34, (9) North Rowan 6

CLASS 1-A

EAST

(4) Wallace-Rose Hill 46, (13) Northampton-East 0

WEST

(10) North Duplin 14, (7) Cherokee 7

(2) Elkin 52, (15) Union Academy 0

(3) Robbinsville 63, (14) South Davidson 16

(4) Princeton 28, (13) Hayesville 25

 

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