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UPDATED: It's Official, Pioneers, SW Guilford in Opening Round... (2016-11-12 18:42:37)

BOONE - Well, it's official,m and yes, the Watauga High football team will play Southwest Guilford in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State Playoffs Friday night at Jack Groce Stadium.

 

It's a rematch between two teams that went to triple overtime at "The Groce" last season. The Cowboys (7-4), the No. 6 seed in the 4A Midwest and members of the Piedmont-Triad 4A Conference, beat the Pioneers, 39-36. The Pioneers (8-3), the No. 1 seed among the 4A schools in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference and the No. 2 seed overall in the NWC, is listed as a No. 3 seed in the 4A West. And WHS' No. 3 seed is also it's highest ranking in the state playoffs since 2007, when the Pioneers, led by future All-America Eric Breitenstein (Wofford College), were seeded No. 1 in the 4A West and made their second straight appearance in the state semifinals.  

"There won't be any surprises," WHS coach Ryan Habich. "I remember those guys from last year. They have a very good quarterback, and our offensive line has to block well. This game is going to be a great challenge for us, but playing at home is a huge advantage for us. It's like playing (Lenior) Hibriten every week. We have to clean things up, and the 4A West is loaded. You've got some 8th seeded teams that have won seven, eight games. The 4A West is no joke. We had a good bye week, and we got some guys rested up. It's going to be fun. But it's going to be tough, too. You're going to see a lot of outstanding teams in the playoffs every time you advance."

The winner of this game will get either Alexander Central, the No. 7 seed in the 4A West, or Greensboro-Dudley, the No. 2 seed in the West and a state semifinalist last year. But the Pioneers have been explosive this season. They're averaging 51 points and more than 400-yards rushing a game. The Pioneers cracked the 60-point barrier three times this season, which includes a school-record 78 points against Ashe County on August 26.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, come into Friday's game limping a bit. Following a 6-0 start, they lost four straight games before they finished the regular season with a 38-14 win against High Point Central. They were 1-4 in league play.

Coverage Friday night begins at 6:30 p.m. on WATA 1450 AM/96.5 FM, We will also have a report on our facebook pages at WATA 1450 AM and Goblueridge.net coming up shortly.

In 1AA, Avery (3-8) is listed as a No. 6 seed and will play East Montgomery (10-1), the No. 3 seed in the 1AA Midwest Friday night on the road. Ashe County (4-7), which battled the injury bug all season, will miss the state playoffs for the first time since 2002. But senior quarterback Colin Ellis currently leads the state of North Carolina in total offense and passing yards, according to Maxpreps.com.

PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

4A
EAST
Northern Durham @ Wilmington-Hanover
D.H. Conley @ Raleigh-Cardinal Gibbons
Pine Forest @ West Johnston
Clayton @ Cape Fear
New Bern @ Scotland County
Fayetteville-71st @ Southeast Raleigh
Wilmington-Hoggard @ Durham-Hillside
Roxboro-Person @ Greenville-Rose

WEST
Southeast Guilford @ Davie County
Kannapolis-Brown @ Kernersville-Glenn
Southwest Guilford @ WATAUGA
Alexander Central @ Greensboro-Dudley
Harding University High @ East Forsyth
North Davidson @ Asheville-Roberson
Indian Hill-Porter Ridge @ Winston-Salem-Mount Tabor
Parkland @ Charlotte Catholic

4AA
EAST
CARY-Panther Creek @ Wake Foest
Wilmington-Laney @ Fuquay-Varina
Holly Springs @ Heritage
Leesville Road @ Pinecrest
Wakefield @ Middle Creek
South View @ Raleigh-Sanderson
Raleigh-Millbrook @ Richmond
Cary-Green Hope @ Garner Magnet

WEST
East Mecklenburg @ Lake Norman
South Mecklenburg @ West Forsyth
Mooresville @ West Mecklenburg
Charlotte-Olympic @ Greensboro-Page
McDowell @ Matthews-Butler
Mallard Creek @ Cornelius-Hough
Ardrey Kell @ Charlotte-Vance
Northwest Guilford @ Myers Park

3A
EAST
Northeast Guilford @ West Craven
Nash Central @ Eastern Alamance
Burlington-Williams @ Havelock
Wilson-Fike @ Orange
Northern Nash @ Southern Nash
Southern Lee @ Rocky Mount
Southern Guilford @ West Carteret
South Johnston @ Eastern Wayne

WEST
McMichael @ Hibriten
Lawndale-Burns @ North Forsyth
East Rowan @ Crest
Morganton-Freedom @ West Rowan
West Henderson @ South Point
Anson @ Tuscola
Morganton-Patton @ Forestview
China Grove-Carson @ Pisgah

3AA
EAST
Northern Guilford @ West Brunswick
Jacksonville @ Westover
Northwood @ Terry Sanford
Topsail @ Lee County
Corinth Holders @ Eastern Guilford
Asheboro @ Triton
Southern Durham @ Western Alamance
Union Pines @ Cleveland

WEST
Central Cabarrus @ Asheville-Reynolds
Erwin @ Sun Valley
Ledford Senior @ Kings Mountain
Statesville @ Weddington
Ashbrook @ Concord-Robinson
Concord @ Marvin Ridge
Asheville @ Hickory Ridge
Cuthbertson @ South Iredell

2A
EAST
Midway @ Northeastern
Southwest Onslow @ North Johnston
Beddingfield @ John A. Holmes
Kinston @ Greene Central
Bertie @ South Columbus
Fairmont @ First Flight
Farmville Central @ East Bladen
Red Springs @ Ayden-Grifton

WEST
Thomasville @ Lincolnton
West Wilkes @ Eastern Randolph
Lexington Senior @ Hendersonville
Polk County @ Surry Central
Madison @ Reidsville
West Stanly @ Mountain Heritage
North Wilkes @ North Rowan
Winston-Salem-Carver @ Brevard

2AA
EAST
Graham @ East Duplin
Roanoke Rapids @ East Davidson
Franklinton @ Hertford County
North Brunswick @ T.Wingate Andrews
North Lenior @ Clinton
South Granville @ SouthWest Edgecombe
Northside-Jacksonville @ Randleman
St. Pauls @ Bunn

WEST
North Surry @ Shelby
Franklin @ Stuart Cramer
Hunter Huss @ Parkwood
R-S Central @ Wilkes Central
West Lincoln @ Monroe
Mount Pleasant @ Maiden
Smokey Mountain @ East Lincoln
West Stokes @ West Caldwell

1A
EAST
Weldon @ Plymouth
Manteo @ Jones Senior
Rocky Mount Preparatory @ Northside-Pinetown
Columbia @ North Edgecombe
Pamlico County @ Southeast Halifax
Northhampton County @ Perquimans
Mattamuskeet @ KIPP Pride
South Creek @ Southside

WEST
South Robeson @ Murphy
Robbinsville @ Winston-Salem Prep
Bishop McGuinness @ Thomas Jefferson Academy
Andrews @ Mountain Island Charter
Rosman @ North Duplin
Union Academy @ Cherokee
Hayesville @ Alleghany
Chatham Central @ Mitchell

1AA
EAST
Rosewood @ East Carteret
Gales County @ Louisburg
James Kenan @ Tarboro
Camden County @ Granville Central
Spring Creek @ Lakewood
Princeton @ Riverside
Heide Trask @ Union
Pender @ Wallace-Rose Hill

WEST
South Stanly @ Mount Airy
Pine Lake Prep @ East Surry
North Moore @ Bessemer City
Cherryville @ Whiteville
Starmount @ West Montgomery
North Stanly @ Swain County
AVERY @ East Montgomery
Walkertown @ East Wilkes



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