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Carpenter carries Owen to the next round
Tailback Jasmon Carpenter got Owen's quest for a Class 2-A championship off to a fast start Friday night at Shuford Field.
- Asheville Citizen-Times.

Tuscola capitalizes on Hunter Huss' mistakes
When 11th-seeded Hunter Huss took an early 7- 0 lead over sixth-seeded Tuscola in Friday night's opening round of the state 3-A playoffs, an eerie silence fell over the home stands at C.E. Weatherby Stadium as many Mountaineers fans had flashbacks to last year's first round loss to lower-seeded High Point Central.
- Asheville Citizen-Times.

Cougars pound their way to the second round
The Asheville High Cougars didn't make it to the state semifinals the past two years by being a bunch of softies.
- Asheville Citizen-Times.

Franklin dethrones South Point
Anytime a defending state champion sees its title defense come to an end, there's an element of surprise.
- Asheville Citizen-Times.

East Henderson 29, Forestview 13
Michael Angram rushed for 322 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead East Henderson past Gastonia Forestview 29-13 in the first round of the 3-A playoffs.
- Asheville Citizen-Times.

High school football playoff roundup
- Asheville Citizen-Times

Imps' joy can't be dampened
If they could have, members of the Cary High School football team would have pitched tents on the field at the end of Friday night's game against Garner.
- Raleigh News & Observer

High School results
- Raleigh News & Observer

Country Day 38, Card. Gibbons 14
The stadium was all but empty as Justin Zimmerman stood at midfield, pacing in small circles. Cardinal Gibbons' senior quarterback had just played his last game, a loss to Charlotte Country Day in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association semifinals.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Lee County 14, Wakefield 0
A trip to North Raleigh in relentless rain was nothing new for Lee County.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Ayden-Grifton 30, Louisburg 6
Louisburg rushed for 228 yards, but Ayden-Grifton did most of the scoring in the first round of the state 1-A playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

West Craven 62, Orange 0
Three Eagle runners Jermaine Moore, Tony Jones and Charles Morgan rushed for more than 100 yards each as West Craven (10-2) rolled into a second-round home matchup with Wilson Beddingfield.
- Raleigh News & Observer

High Pt. Cent. 55, Smith.-Selma 18
Jeffrey Williams passed for 256 yards, but that wasn't nearly enough as High Point Central (12-0) advanced to the second round of the state 3-A playoffs. SSS (2-10) scored first on a 46-yard pass from Williams to Cameron Howell, but Central led 35-12 at halftime.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Independence 60, East Forsyth 14
Independence, the four-time defending state champion, had no trouble in dashing through the opening round of the state 4-AA playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

G'boro Dudley 35, Erwin Triton 0
Dudley posted a 35-point night for the third consecutive game to defeat visiting Triton and advance to the second round of the 3-AA playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Jacksonville 42, Harnett Central 28
Harnett Central couldn't stop visiting Jacksonville on a rainy, cold night in a first-round 3-AA game.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Apex 13, Scotland Co. 12
Facing one of the top quarterbacks in the state, the Apex defense rose to the challenge.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Bunn 47, Pender 7
For the second straight season, the Bunn Wildcats rolled past Pender in the first round of the 2-A playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

S. Durham 48, Asheboro 6
The Spartans rushed for 393 yards and limited the Comets to just 140 total yards in the first round of the 3-AA state playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Pamlico County 42, Jor.-Matthews 21
Jordan-Matthews made the long trip from Siler City to the North Carolina coast Friday and ended up with a first-round 1-AA loss to Pamlico County.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Jordan 38, North Forsyth 20
Durham Jordan got a strong defensive performance and put together a big second half to knock off No. 6 seed North Forsyth in the NCHSAA 4-A West playoffs Friday night.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Millbrook 35, Laney 14
Millbrook welcomed the rainy weather as the Wildcats' defense forced five rain-induced turnovers en route to a first-round playoff win Friday night over visiting Wilmington Laney.
- Raleigh News & Observer

WF-Rolesville 29, Terry Sanford 7
The Wake Forest-Rolesville football program took a big step forward Friday night as it defeated Fayetteville Sanford in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

East Wake 31, Pine Forest 6
No. 1-seeded East Wake spread the wealth and weathered the storm Friday in an equally one-sided rematch with Pine Forest.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Beddingfield 34, Oxford Webb 7
Wilson Beddingfield moved onto the second round with a convincing 3-A playoff victory over Oxford Webb.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Brother's plan to pay tribute delayed by rain
Tray Deese sighed and rested his arms on his knees as he sat in the stairwell of Grimsley's annex gym Friday.
- News & Record

Dudley advances to play High Point Central
The Dudley Panthers football coaches talked all week to their players about the importance of being prepared for the opening week of the Class 3-AA playoffs. It's now probably pretty safe to say that they got the message.
- News & Record

Easteren. Randolph defense stifles Eastern Wayne
Eastern Randolph's defense made Eastern Wayne appear as sloppy as the area's inclement weather, rolling to a 33-0 opening-round 3-AA East playoff victory on Friday night.
- News & Record

Big plays fire up Waddell
Big plays saved Waddell's season from a premature ending at home on Friday.
- Charlotte Observer

RESULTS
- Charlotte Observer

Vikings rally in 2nd half
The North Mecklenburg Vikings saved their best for last in a 26-23 victory against Butler in the first round of the N.C. 4AA playoffs.
- Charlotte Observer

Paschal healthy, in control
Latin's Mark Paschal has not had the senior season he's wanted. Barely 24 hours after he committed to North Carolina in September, he seriously injured a shoulder in a game against Charlotte Catholic.
- Charlotte Observer

Backup quarterback comes to Cavaliers' rescue
With starting quarterback Michael Watson out with a ligament injury to his hand, East Burke High junior Landon Huffman stepped in and played a nearly mistake-free game Friday as the Cavaliers won a N.C. first-round 4A football playoff game 19-6 against East Mecklenburg.
- Charlotte Observer

Patriots get 73rd straight win
The University of Georgia will get a pretty good package from Independence High.
- Charlotte Observer

Bradley run boosts Mustangs
Aaron Bradley rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 33-yarder with 62 seconds left, to propel Myers Park to a 27-20 comeback win against Winston-Salem Reynolds in the opening round of the N.C. 4AA football playoffs Friday night.
- Charlotte Observer

Steele's big day propels Country Day to victory
Patrick Steele ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in Charlotte Country Day's 38-14 victory against Raleigh Gibbons in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association semifinal on Friday.
- Charlotte Observer

Lincolnton inspired against Red Springs
Playing on a drenched playing field, the Lincolnton Wolves played inspired football en route to a 28-6 win against Red Springs, the No. 3 seed in the 2A West region.
- Charlotte Observer

Offense rolls again, scoring at least 25 in 8th straight game
Gastonia Ashbrook's 33-7 win against Lake Norman in the first round of the 3AA state playoffs Friday night showed off its newest asset.
- Charlotte Observer

S. Point falls in 1st round
South Point lost 29-15 Friday in an N.C. 3A first-round playoff game against Franklin, which South Point thumped in the playoffs by 49 points a year ago.
- Charlotte Observer

Shelby cruises in 1st round
Top-seeded Shelby experienced a letdown in its first-round 2A football playoff game against bottom seed South Robeson, but not until it led by 42 points in the second quarter.
- Charlotte Observer

Defense boosts Bandys
Two defensive touchdowns Friday helped Bandys begin its march toward a third straight Western 2AA title.
- Charlotte Observer

Ratliff sets tone for Brown
Concord Robinson and Kannapolis Brown's first meeting might have been a turf war between Cabarrus County schools, but a day's worth of rain made the Memorial Stadium playing surface unfavorable to both teams.
- Charlotte Observer

Late TD propels Piedmont
Piedmont quarterback Trey Lee completed an 18-yard fade pass to Danny Herman in the corner of the end zone with 58 seconds remaining in the Panthers' 23-21 home victory against Mooresville in the first round of the 3AA playoffs.
- Charlotte Observer

Summaries
- Charlotte Observer

Friday night's prep football playoff results
- Wilmington Star News

Hoggard 13, 71st 0: Vikings defense leakproof
Hoggard defensive back Justin Gray had mud caked on his face and smeared through his hair on a soggy Friday night following the Vikings' 13-0 win over Fayetteville Seventy-First in the opening round of the 4-AA state football playoffs.
- Wilmington Star News

Ashley 30, Havelock 7: James screams for Eagles
To win Ashley's first-ever high school football playoff game, Screaming Eagles' coach Dylan Dimock placed heavy emphasis on defense.
- Wilmington Star News

Laney, New Hanover fall to first-round foes
- Wilmington Star News

Friday's top prep football performers
- Wilmington Star News

North Brunswick overcomes visiting Spring Creek
If one looked at the score of the opening round 1A state playoff game between Spring Creek and North Brunswick, the thought might be that Scorpions coach Garry Bishop was a happy man.
- Wilmington Star News

East Duplin rolls in playoffs
East Duplin didn't take long to get acquainted with the nasty field conditions at Hoyle Field in Roanoke Rapids Friday night.
- Wilmington Star News

South Brunswick football coach steps down
Troy Kessinger resigned Friday after three seasons as head football coach at South Brunswick High School because he couldn't reverse the program's losing trend.
- Wilmington Star News

Singing in the rain
Jordan-Matthews stayed with Pamlico through the driving rain for most of three quarters. But the Hurricanes rushing attack just kept pounding like a category 4 storm, en route to a 42-21 win in the first round of the 1-AA state playoffs Friday night.
- New Bern Sun Journal

Forbush cruises to win in 2-AA
West Stanly fought its way through driving rain for a showdown with Forbush last night, but it was the mud that proved to be West's undoing. Forbush found its footing, gained more than 530 yards in total offense and rolled to a 34-12 victory in a first-round game of the NCHSAA Class 2-AA playoffs.
- Winston-Salem Journal

Durham Jordan dashes North Forsyth's hopes
North Forsyth got rained on in grand fashion last night.
- Winston-Salem Journal

Prep Football Playoffs Roundup
- Winston-Salem Journal

Prep Scoreboard
- Winston-Salem Journal


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