Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Exciting Showdowns Anticipated in NCHSAA Round 4 Playoffs

As the NCHSAA football playoffs head into the fourth round, anticipation is high for thrilling matchups and historic achievements. Among the standout narratives is Tarboro's remarkable 16th consecutive post-Thanksgiving appearance, the longest streak in North Carolina. The Vikings, eyeing an eighth straight fourth-round presence, have been dominant in the East Regional, clinching the title six years in a row.

In a clash of resilience and ambition, Tarboro faces East Bladen, the No. 13 seed, marking their deepest playoff run since 2009. Wilson Prep, making only its second playoff appearance, is set for a post-Thanksgiving debut, while West Columbus looks to build on last year's near miss, determined to break through the fourth round after a hiatus since 1985.

Robbinsville, a familiar face in the fourth round with six appearances in the last decade, seeks redemption after falling short in the third round last season. North Rowan, making its first fourth-round appearance since 1992, aims to recapture the glory of its 1992 state runner-up finish.

In the 2A bracket, Clinton and Nash Central are making significant playoff strides, with Clinton making its first fourth-round appearance since 2019, and Nash Central celebrating its inaugural entry into the round. Whiteville, back after a 1987 2A Championship, showcases their resilience in the 1A Classification, while Northeastern returns for the seventh time since 2010.

The 3A bracket sees perennial contenders Havelock and Crest making their mark once again, with Havelock on its 14th fourth-round appearance and Crest in its 15th. Southern Alamance is set for its fourth-round debut, adding an element of unpredictability to the mix.

In the 4A bracket, Rolesville continues its dominance with a fourth consecutive appearance, while Cardinal Gibbons looks for redemption after last year's second-round exit. Butler, making its seventh fourth-round appearance, faces Independence, marking the Patriots' return after a hiatus since 2009.

The excitement is further amplified by the notable high-scoring encounters in the third round, setting the stage for a gripping fourth round. Notably, the clash between Nash Central and Hertford County produced a record-breaking combined score, securing its place in the NCHSAA Football Record Book.

As fans gear up for the upcoming matchups, the stage is set for a weekend of thrilling football action, where history will be made, and teams will battle for a coveted spot in the Regional Finals.

Fourth Round Matchups

4A West:
#1 Weddington vs. #4 Grimsley
#6 Butler vs #23 Independence

4A East:
#1 Rolesville vs #5 Cardinal Gibbons
#2 Cleveland vs #3 Hoggard

3A West:
#1 Crest vs #4 Dudley
#2 Hickory vs #3 West Henderson

3A East:
#1 Havelock vs #13 Northern Nash
#2 Seventy-First vs #3 Southern Alamance

2A West:
#1 Reidsville vs #4 Bunker Hill
#7 Shelby vs #11 Forest Hills

2A East:
#1 Clinton vs #4 Nash Central
#2 Northeastern vs #6 Whiteville

1A West:
#1 Robbinsville vs #4 North Rowan
#2 Mount Airy vs #3 Eastern Randolph

1A East:
#1 Tarboro vs #13 East Bladen
#2 West Columbus vs #3 Wilson Prep