All-Gridiron Players to Watch in 2014

The talent pool in North Carolina in strong this season. Thanks to all who nominated their favorite players. Be sure to keep up with all of the Carolina Gridiron 2014 preseason All-Gridiron team.

Check Out The Weekly Top 15

CarolinaGridiron.com releases Top 15 Rankings every week. Be sure to check back each Thursday to see where your favorite team is ranked.

College Football in North Carolina

Carolina Gridiron has expanded coverage to all Division I college football teams in the state of North Carolina. See how your favorite college team is doing on the gridiron this season.

Scrimmages and Jamborees

Thank you to everyone that helped us build our list in 2014. With the regular season underway, our attention is turned towards the action on the gridiron. Please check back here in 2015. With your help, we will once again put together the most comprehensive statewide high school football jamboree/scrimmage in North Carolina.

2014 FAIR Rankings Released

Be sure to check back each week during the 2014 season for the most up to date FAIR Rankings. Where does your team rank?

Eleven ACC Teams Make Bowl Games This Season

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Defending national champion Florida State’s selection as the No. 3 seed in inaugural College Football Playoff highlighted a Sunday in which 11 of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 14 football members – along with Notre Dame – were chosen to participate in postseason bowl games.

The number of selections matches the total from 2013, when the ACC became the first-ever conference to place 11 teams in bowl games. The ACC also has a chance to match its 2013 achievement of having all 11 of its postseason teams finish with winning records – something that had not been accomplished since 1932 prior to last season.

Florida State (13-0), which defeated Orange Bowl-bound Georgia Tech 37-35 in Saturday night’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game to claim it third-straight league title, carries a 29-game winning streak into its Jan. 1 meeting with second-seeded Oregon (12-1) in the opening round for the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Day.

The Seminoles’ winning streak ties for the 12th longest in college football history.

A trio of ACC schools will continue the three longest current bowl streaks in the NCAA in Florida State (33 straight, first), Virginia Tech (22 straight, second) and Georgia Tech (18 straight, tied for third with Georgia).

Florida State and Oregon will meet for the first time in their Jan. 1 College Football Playoff meeting in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day (5 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Seminoles, who claimed their third national title with a 34-31 win over Auburn in Pasadena last January, will become the first ACC team to play in the Rose Bowl two consecutive seasons.

No. 12 Georgia Tech (10-3) faces No. 7 Mississippi State (10-2) in the Capital One Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Georgia Tech owns a 3-3 all-time record in the Orange Bowl, with its most recent appearance coming versus Iowa following the 2009 season. The Coastal Division champion Yellow Jackets are 4-0 all-time versus Mississippi State, with the most recent meeting resulting in a 42-31 Tech road win during the aforementioned 2009 season. The Yellow Jackets will be making their 43rd overall bowl appearance.

Joining Florida State and Georgia Tech from the ACC will be Boston College (New Era Pinstripe Bowl), Clemson (Russell Athletic Bowl), Duke (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Louisville (Belk Bowl), Miami (Duck Commander Independence Bowl), North Carolina (Quick Lane Bowl), NC State (Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl), Pitt (Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl) and Virginia Tech (Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman).

Boston College (7-5 this season) will carry a 13-10 all-time record into postseason bowl appearances when it plays in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27 (4:30 p.m. ESPN). The game will mark the ACC’s first year of affiliation with the New York game, which originated in 2010.

Clemson’s appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 29 (5:30 p.m., ESPN). The Tigers (9-3), ranked 17th nationally, have won two straight bowl games and will carry an 18-18 all-time postseason record into the contest.

Duke (9-3), which extends its school-record bowl game appearance streak to three consecutive years, will play in the Sun Bowl for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 27 (2 p.m., CBS). It will be the 11th bowl appearance for the Blue Devils, who are 3-7 all-time in postseason games.

Louisville (9-3), ranked 21st nationally, will make its first bowl appearance as an ACC member and its second trip to the Belk Bowl when it plays in the Charlotte, North Carolina, game on Tuesday, Dec. 30 (6:30 p.m., ESPN). The Cardinals own a 9-8-1 all-time record in bowl games, including wins each of the previous two years.

Miami (6-6) makes its first Duck Commander Independence Bowl appearance and its 38th bowl appearance overall on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. (ABC). The Hurricanes own a 19-18 all-time record in bowl game appearances.

North Carolina (6-6) makes its first visit to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl on Friday, Dec. 26, at 4:30 pm. (ESPN). The Tar Heels have won two of their last three bowl game appearances and stand 14-16 all-time in postseason games.

NC State (7-5) is set to meet UCF (9-3) in the St. Pete Bitcoin Bowl on Friday, Dec. 26 (8 p.m. ESPN). The Wolfpack stands 14-12-1 all-time in bowl games and will be taking part in postseason play for the first time under second-year head coach Dave Doeren.

Pitt (6-6) has a noon date with Houston (9-3) on Friday, Jan. 2 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas. The Panthers, who stand 13-17 all-time in bowl games, will be playing in their second bowl in as many years as an ACC member.

Virginia Tech (6-6) will take on Cincinnati (9-3) in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman at Annapolis, Maryland, on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. (ESPN). It will be the 27th overall game for the Hokies, who look to improve on a 10-17 postseason ledger.

East Carolina To Play Florida in Birmingham Bowl

Pirates To Face Gators at Legion Field On Jan. 3

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina has accepted an invitation to play in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on Jan. 3, according to a joint announcement by bowl officials and the American Athletic Conference Sunday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon (ET) against Florida, which will enter the bowl season with an overall mark of 6-5 and a Southeastern Conference record of 4-4. The Pirates and Gators have faced off once previously with Florida posting a 24-17 victory in Gainesville on Oct. 22, 1983. The two teams are scheduled to meet at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium again next Sept. 12.

"We are looking forward to the challenge of playing Florida, a program rich in tradition out of a conference which has our highest respect," fifth-year ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill said. "We are excited to have another opportunity to accomplish something special for this senior class, especially against a team the caliber of the Gators."

All bowl-related tickets (game, tailgate, donations) can be purchased now via Bowl Ticket Central, East Carolina's online post-season ticketing platform, or by placing orders over the phone (252-737-4500/1-800-DIAL-ECU) or in person at the ECU Athletics Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

A ticket price of $50 has been established for the contest, while a $25 ticket is available for purchase by ECU students. Fans are reminded that all tickets purchased through official East Carolina outlets benefit the Pirates directly.

Seats will be assigned based upon Pirate Club priority system and the deadline to order tickets is Monday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m. ECU will also be selling tickets for the Pirate Club Pregame Tailgate Party and those have been set at $30. This event is open to all members of the Pirate Club, Alumni Association and Pirate Nation, and includes social activities, food and drinks.

For additional information, such as travel packages and a schedule of events, fans are encouraged to visit ECU's devoted online bowl page.


East Carolina (8-4, 5-3 American) will be making its eighth bowl appearance in the last nine years. The Pirates played in the Papajohns.com Bowl in 2006, the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl in 2007, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after the 2008 and 2009 seasons, the Military Bowl in 2010, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in 2012 before downing Ohio 37-20 in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. last December.

Florida State Downs Georgia Tech to Win Third Straight ACC Title

Chuck Burton (AP)
Florida State (13-0) extended its win streak to twenty-nine games as if captured its third straight ACC title on Saturday night at Charlotte's Bank of American Stadium. Led by freshman Dalvin Cook’s 177 rushing yards (most by a freshman in ACC Championship game history), the Atlantic Division champion Seminoles defeated Coastal Division champs Georgia Tech 37-35 in front of a crowd of 64,808.


Chuck Burton (AP)
Defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston became the first quarterback to have two three-hundred yard passing games in the ACC title game. Winston is still to lose a game as a college quarterback, leading the Seminoles to twenty-six consecutive wins.


Chuck Burton (AP)
Quarterback Justin Thomas led the Georgia Tech rushing attack with 104 yards, the most by a quarterback in ACC Championship game history. Synjyn Days of Georgia Tech scored three touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets in the game, doubling his scores for the year.

Score by Quarter


1
2
3
4
Total
Florida State
7
21
3
6
37
Georgia Tech
14
7
7
7
35

 Scoring Summary


Qtr

Time

Scoring Play

V-H

1st
09:50
GT - Days, S. 1 yd run (Butker, H. kick), 8-71 3:48
0 - 7

07:42
FSU - O'Leary, N. 46 yd pass from Winston, J. (Aguayo, R. kick), 5-74 2:03
7 - 7

01:45
GT - Days, S. 1 yd run (Butker, H. kick), 11-75 5:50
7 - 14
2nd
14:10
FSU - Cook, D. 1 yd run (Aguayo, R. kick), 7-75 2:30
14 - 14

08:02
GT - Laskey, Z. 4 yd run (Butker, H. kick), 11-75 6:08
14 - 21

05:40
FSU - Greene, R. 44 yd pass from Winston, J. (Aguayo, R. kick), 6-71 2:15
21 - 21

00:30
FSU - Greene, R. 9 yd pass from Winston, J. (Aguayo, R. kick), 10-75 1:56
28 - 21
3rd
08:01
GT - Days, S. 1 yd run (Butker, H. kick), 14-77 6:52
28 - 28

03:13
FSU - Aguayo, R. 33 yd field goal, 10-59 4:48
31 - 28
4th
10:25
FSU - Aguayo, R. 32 yd field goal, 12-75 4:46
34 - 28

04:28
FSU - Aguayo, R. 28 yd field goal, 6-36 2:55
37 - 28

01:47
GT - Waller, D. 25 yd pass from Thomas, J. (Butker, H. kick), 6-97 1:09
37 - 35

Game Statistics


FSU
GT
FIRST DOWNS
24
28
 Rushing
12
19
 Passing
11
8
 Penalty
1
1
NET YARDS RUSHING
179
331
 Rushing Attempts
33
59
 Average Per Rush
5.4
5.6
 Rushing Touchdowns
1
4
 Yards Gained Rushing
186
335
 Yards Lost Rushing
7
4
NET YARDS PASSING
309
134
 Completions - Attempts - Int
21-30-0
8-14-1
 Average Per Attempt
10.3
9.6
 Average Per Completion
14.7
16.8
 Passing Touchdowns
3
1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS
488
465
 Total offense plays
63
73
 Average Gain Per Play
7.7
6.4
Fumbles: Number-Lost
0-0
0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards
5-45
3-20
PUNTS-YARDS
2-84
2-69
 Average Yards Per Punt
42.0
34.5
 Net Yards Per Punt
41.5
34.5
 Inside 20
1
1
 50+ Yards
0
0
 Touchbacks
0
0
 Fair catch
0
1
KICKOFFS-YARDS
8-501
5-324
 Average Yards Per Kickoff
62.6
64.8
 Net Yards Per Kickoff
41.4
39.0
 Touchbacks
5
2
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD
0-0-0
1-1-0
 Average Per Return
0.0
1.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD
3-79-0
3-45-0
 Average Per Return
26.3
15.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD
1-4-0
0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD
0-0-0
0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards
0
0
Possession Time
25:05
34:55
 1st Quarter
5:15
9:45
 2nd Quarter
5:08
9:52
 3rd Quarter
4:59
10:01
 4th Quarter
9:43
5:17
Third-Down Conversions
7 of 12
5 of 10
Fourth-Down Conversions
0 of 0
1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances
5-5
4-4
 Touchdowns
2-5
4-4
 Field goals
3-5
0-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards
0-0
0-0
PAT Kicks
4-4
5-5
Field Goals
3-3
0-0
Points off turnovers
0
0


State Championship Matchups Set

101st ANNUAL BB&T/NCHSAA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
December 12-13,2014

NOTE: for scoreboard purposes, bench areas, jerseys, etc, the Eastern champions are designated as home teams for these championship games.

BB&T FIELD, WINSTON-SALEM

CLASS 4-A CHAMPIONSHIP—Friday, 7:30 p.m.

NEW BERN HIGH SCHOOL BEARS (15-0)
vs.
CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL COUGARS (14-1)

CLASS 2-A CHAMPIONSHIP—Saturday, noon

CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL DARK HORSES (13-1)
vs.
SHELBY HIGH SCHOOL GOLDEN LIONS (13-2)

CLASS 2-AA CHAMPIONSHIP— Saturday, 4 p.m.

WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PAM PACK (14-1)
vs.
EAST LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL MUSTANGS (15-0)

CLASS 4-AA CHAMPIONSHIP—Saturday, 8 p.m.

WAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL COUGARS (15-0)
vs.
MALLARD CREEK HIGH SCHOOL MAVERICKS (14-1)

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM, RALEIGH

CLASS 1-AA CHAMPIONSHIP— Friday, 7:30 p.m.

WALLACE-ROSE HILL HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOGS (14-1)
vs.
STARMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL RAMS (12-3)

CLASS 1-A CHAMPIONSHIP—Saturday, noon

PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL VIKINGS (14-1)
vs.
ROBBINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BLACK KNIGHTS (15-0)

CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP--Saturday, 4 p.m.

HAVELOCK HIGH SCHOOL RAMS (14-1)
vs.
CREST HIGH SCHOOL CHARGERS (15-0)

CLASS 3-AA CHAMPIONSHIP—Saturday, 8 p.m.

NORTHERN GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL NIGHTHAWKS (14-1)
vs.
WEDDINGTON HIGH SCHOOL WARRIORS (14-1)