Championship Central

Check out the 2018 Carolina Gridiron Championship Central page. Stay tuned for updates, insights, and analysis from teams and games around the state as schools start their journey towards the state championship.

2018 Preseason All-Gridiron Team Released

Carolina Gridiron is pleased to announce the 2018 preseason All-Gridiron team. Congratulations to each of the players chosen and best wishes for a successful 2018 season.

Check Out The Weekly Top 15 This Season

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

College Football in North Carolina

Carolina Gridiron is expanding coverage of Division I, II and III college football teams in the state of North Carolina every season. See how your favorite college team is doing on the gridiron this season.

Scrimmages and Jamborees

With your help, we are able to yearly put together the most comprehensive statewide high school football jamboree/scrimmage list in North Carolina. We are beginning the 2018 list now. Be sure to check back for more scrimmages and jamborees.

Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings

Check out the Carolina Gridiron FAIR Rankings archives to see where your team has stacked up during past seasons. The 2018 rankings will be released once all teams have played at least one game against an NCHSAA opponent.

Carolina Gridiron Playoff Scoreboard Goes Live


The Carolina Gridiron Scoreboard is ready for Friday night's playoff action. Scores are provided by ScoreStream. Be sure to check out Championship Central for updates, insight, and analysis of the matchups facing your favorite team.




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Carolina Gridiron Final Regular Season Top 15 Announced

Carolina Gridiron ranks the top fifteen teams in each classification weekly during the football season. Teams are ranked based on a number of factors including strength of schedule, wins, and quality losses. Interact with us on Twitter (@NCGridiron and @NCGridironNews) and let us know your thoughts using the hashtag #CGTop15.






2018 NCHSAA Football Brackets Released


The brackets for the 2018 NCHSAA football playoffs have been released. Higher seeds will host throughout the tournament. State championship games will be played on December 14th and 15th at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium, North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, and NC State's Carter-Finley Stadium. Keep checking with Carolina Gridiron for more information, playoff breakdowns, and discussion about this year's playoffs. As always, check us out on Twitter or Facebook.

1A Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 Northampton (10-1), BYE
#8 Weldon (6-4) vs. #9 Washington County (3-7)
#4 Rosewood (7-2), BYE
#5 North Edgecombe (5-5) vs. #12 Bear Grass (4-6)
#3 Gates (9-2), BYE
#6 South Creek (7-4) vs. #11 Southeast Halifax (4-7)
#2 Pamlico (10-1), BYE
#7 Southside (4-7) vs. #10 Northside-Pinetown (4-7)
West
#1 Thomas Jefferson (11-0), BYE
#8 Bishop McGuinness (7-4) vs. #9 North Duplin (5-5)
#4 Robbinsville (9-2), BYE
#5 Elkin (6-5) vs. #12 Rosman (3-8)
#3 Murphy (9-1), BYE
#6 Alleghany (6-5) vs. #11 East Columbus (4-7)
#2 Mitchell (9-2), BYE
#7 Cherokee (6-5) vs. #10 Albemarle (4-6)

1AA Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 Tarboro (11-0), BYE
#8 Lakewood (7-2) vs. #9 South Stanly (7-4)
#4 Granville Central (8-1), BYE
#5 North Stanly (9-2) vs. #12 Louisburg (4-7)
#3 Edenton Holmes (10-1), BYE
#6 East Carteret (7-4) vs. #11 Hobbton (5-6)
#2 Princeton (9-0), BYE
#7 Riverside-Martin (8-3) vs. #10 Manteo (6-5)
West
#1 Mount Airy (11-0), BYE
#8 Swain County (6-5) vs. #9 Mountain Island (7-4)
#4 East Surry (8-3), BYE
#5 Bessemer City (6-5) vs. #12 Highland Tech (4-6)
#3 North Rowan (9-2), BYE
#6 East Wilkes (7-4) vs. #11 Polk County (3-8)
#2 Starmount (5-6), BYE
#7 Cherryville (7-4) vs. #10 Community School of Davidson (6-5)

2A Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 Northeastern (10-0) vs. #16 Fairmont (5-6)
#8 East Bladen (9-2) vs. #9 Beddingfield (8-2)
#5 Clinton (7-2) vs. #12 James Kenan (5-4)
#4 Kinston (10-0) vs. #13 Ayden-Grifton (7-4)
#3 South Columbus (11-0) vs. #14 Greene Central (6-5)
#6 Southwest Onslow (9-2) vs. #11 Bertie (5-5)
#7 Wallace-Rose Hill (7-3) vs. #10 Whiteville (9-2)
#2 South Granville (11-0) vs. #15 Goldsboro (5-5)
West
#1 Randleman (11-0) vs. #16 Lexington (5-6)
#8 Brevard (8-3) vs. #9 Eastern Randolph (9-2)
#5 West Stanly (6-4) vs. #12 Thomasville (8-3)
#4 Wheatmore (10-1) vs. #13 Patton (6-5)
#3 Mountain Heritage (9-1) vs. #14 Providence Grove (6-5)
#6 North Surry (7-4) vs. #11 Hendersonville (6-5)
#7 East Rutherford (9-2) vs. #10 Maiden (8-3)
#2 Reidsville (11-0) vs. #15 Owen (4-6)

2AA Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 Ledford (10-1) vs. #16 Carrboro (6-4)
#8 Roanoke Rapids (7-4) vs. #9 East Duplin (7-3)
#5 Hertford County (5-5) vs. #12 Bunn (5-5)
#4 West Craven (6-5) vs. #13 Richlands (7-4)
#3 North Davidson (9-2) vs. #14 First Flight (5-6)
#6 Cummings (4-7) vs. #11 St. Pauls (8-3)
#7 Croatan (5-5) vs. #10 Currituck County (7-4)
#2 SouthWest Edgecombe (9-2) vs. #15 Washington (4-6)
West
#1 Pisgah (10-1) vs. #16 East Lincoln (5-6)
#8 North Lincoln (8-3) vs. #9 Smoky Mountain (8-3)
#5 Ashe County (9-2) vs. #12 Salisbury (7-4)
#4 Shelby (8-3) vs. #13 West Lincoln (9-2)
#3 Bandys (10-1) vs. #14 Franklin (6-5)
#6 West Stokes (10-1) vs. #11 Foard (6-5)
#7 Mount Pleasant (6-5) vs. #10 South Point (8-3)
#2 Hibriten (11-0) vs. #15 East Henderson (5-6)

3A Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 Havelock (10-0) vs. #16 Northside-Jacksonville (4-6)
#8 Southern Lee (7-3) vs. #9 Franklinton (7-4)
#5 Rocky Mount (8-1) vs. #12 West Carteret (6-5)
#4 Terry Sanford (8-3) vs. #13 Northeast Guilford (6-5)
#3 Western Alamance (10-1) vs. #14 Williams (6-5)
#6 Jacksonville (7-1) vs. #11 Eastern Wayne (5-5)
#7 Eastern Alamance (8-3) vs. #10 South Johnston (8-3)
#2 Southern Nash (9-0) vs. #15 Aycock (5-6)
West
#1 Northwest Cabarrus (11-0) vs. #16 North Buncombe (6-5)
#8 Robinson (6-5) vs. #9 Tuscola (7-4)
#5 Kings Mountain (9-2) vs. #12 West Rowan (6-5)
#4 Statesville (8-3) vs. #13 East Rowan (6-5)
#3 Charlotte Catholic (10-1) vs. #14 Morehead (6-5)
#6 Freedom (9-2) vs. #11 Monroe (6-5)
#7 Crest (8-3) vs. #10 Cramer (7-4)
#2 Huss (11-0) vs. #15 Burns (4-7)

3AA Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 Northern Durham (10-1) vs. #16 Gray’s Creek (7-4)
#8 Clayton (9-2) vs. #9 Hillside (8-3)
#5 Conley (8-3) vs. #12 Southern Alamance (9-2)
#4 Cleveland (9-2) vs. #13 Northern Guilford (8-3)
#3 Lee County (11-0) vs. #14 Dudley (8-3)
#6 New Hanover (8-3) vs. #11 Topsail (9-2)
#7 Eastern Guilford (9-2) vs. #10 Rose (8-3)
#2 Southeast Guilford (10-1) vs. #15 Cape Fear (7-4)
West
#1 Watauga (11-0) vs. #16 Ashbrook (5-6)
#8 Parkland (10-1) vs. #9 Asheville (7-4)
#5 Weddington (10-1) vs. #12 Central Cabarrus (8-3)
#4 South Iredell (6-5) vs. #13 Southwest Guilford (8-3)
#3 Mount Tabor (7-4) vs. #14 Marvin Ridge (6-5)
#6 Erwin (9-1) vs. #11 Alexander Central (9-2)
#7 Cox Mill (8-3) vs. #10 Sun Valley (9-2)
#2 AC Reynolds (10-1) vs. #15 Brown (6-5)

4A Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 South Central (11-0), BYE
#8 South View (9-2) vs. #9 Heritage (8-3)
#4 Riverside-Durham (7-3), BYE
#5 Seventy-First (8-3) vs. #12 Jack Britt (5-6)
#3 Pine Forest (9-2), BYE
#6 Middle Creek (7-4) vs. #11 Knightdale (6-5)
#2 Cardinal Gibbons (10-1), BYE
#7 Jordan (5-6) vs. #10 Scotland (5-5)
West
#1 East Forsyth (11-0), BYE
#8 Ragsdale (7-4) vs. #9 Glenn (5-6)
#4 Grimsley (6-5), BYE
#5 Mooresville (8-3) vs. #12 McDowell (4-7)
#3 Page (6-5), BYE
#6 Porter Ridge (7-4) vs. #11 RJ Reynolds (5-6)
#2 West Mecklenburg (8-2), BYE
#7 West Charlotte (6-5) vs. #10 Lake Norman (3-8)

4AA Football Playoff First Round Pairings
East
#1 Wake Forest (10-0), BYE
#8 Fuquay-Varina (7-4) vs. #9 Wakefield (5-6)
#4 Leesville Road (9-2), BYE
#5 Rolesville (6-5) vs. #12 Broughton (6-5)
#3 Holly Springs (7-4), BYE
#6 Pinecrest (8-3) vs. #11 Panther Creek (6-5)
#2 Hoggard (9-1), BYE
#7 Enloe (8-3) vs. #10 Garner (6-5)
West
#1 Mallard Creek (10-0), BYE
#8 Hough (9-2) vs. #9 North Mecklenburg (6-5)
#4 Ardrey Kell (5-6), BYE
#5 Zebulon B. Vance (10-1) vs. #12 Northwest Guilford (4-7)
#3 Butler (9-2), BYE
#6 Myers Park  (10-1) vs. #11 Providence (6-5)
#2 Richmond (10-1), BYE
#7 West Forsyth (8-3) vs. #10 Reagan (7-4)

Campbell Picks Up First Big South Win at Presbyterian

CLINTON, S.C. – Daniel Smith ran for three first-half scores, helping Campbell secure its first Big South Conference football win, downing Presbyterian on the road 34-6 Saturday at Bailey Memorial Stadium.

Campbell (6-4, 1-3 Big South) notched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in its modern history (since 2008) with the victory. In the program’s 11th season and first as a Big South member, the Camels earned their first win in the league, spending the program's first 10 seasons in the Pioneer Football League (2008-17).

PC (2-7, 0-5 Big South) was limited to just 12 passing yards in the loss, a Campbell single-game record, and only 176 yards of total offense. The Blue Hose completed 4-of-20 passes with an interception through the air, while running for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Daniel Smith (11) – credit: Bob Stoner
Campbell, meanwhile, piled up 446 total yards, including 337 rushing, led by Smith’s 129 on 11 tries. The redshirt sophomore posted touchdown runs of four, 51 and 45 yards, also completing 14-of-22 passes for 109 yards and another TD.

Smith found the end zone on Campbell’s first two possessions, including a four-yard dive to the pylon to cap a seven-play march, and a 51-yard sprint to make it 13-0 after a blocked extra point.
Jordan Morgan put PC on the board with a five-yard keeper, but Aaron Blockmon quieted the rally, returning the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for the touchdown. The kick return TD was the second of Blockmon's career and the redshirt senior’s first since his 2015 freshman season. The score tied Blockmon with Jonathon Rogers for the most kick return TDs in CU history.

Smith added another 45-yard touchdown run before the break, giving Campbell a 27-6 halftime lead.
Smith’s third quarter 36-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Snead on a fourth-and-six gave the game its final margin.

Rocky Reid posted 76 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Darius Barnes added 72 yards on 12 tries. Snead tallied 55 yards receiving with a TD on five catches for the Camels.

Deontae Henderson posted eight tackles, including three stops for loss to lead the Campbell defense, while Levi Wiggins totaled seven tackles. Damien Dozier also gather five tackles with two TFLs, and Aaron Covington notched an interception in the road win.

Morgan paced PC with 78 yards rushing and a TD on 17 attempts, completing 3-of-11 passes for nine yards, while Zola Davis added 49 yards rushing. Colby Campbell notched a game-high 14 tackles for the Blue Hose, also forcing one of four Campbell fumbles. Trent Carrington recovered two fumbles, adding eight tackles for PC.

Campbell will close out the season at home on November 17, hosting Charleston Southern.