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Six of seven county football teams make state playoffs; four to start playoffs at home


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Four Alamance County football teams are among the top 17 seeds in the Class 3-A East Region.

Plus, two Class 2-A teams from the county could meet in the second round.

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Four of the six county teams that made the playoffs will begin with home games.

Southern Alamance (9-1), fresh off an undefeated run through the Central 3-A Conference, holds the best seed among county teams at No. 3 in Class 3-A.

Eastern Alamance (8-2, No. 12), Williams (8-2, No. 15) and Western Alamance (6-4, No. 17) are also on the Class 3-A bracket.

In Class 2-A, Cummings (8-2, No. 8) and Southeast Alamance (6-4, No. 24) could meet in a rematch from Friday night in the second round.

Seeds and pairings came out Saturday. First-round games are Friday night.

Here’s a closer look at what’s in store for county teams:


Class 3-A

Southern Alamance will meet Central 3-A Conference member Orange (3-7, No. 30) in the first round. The Patriots ripped Orange 49-0 in the third-to-last week of the regular season, though Orange has played only once since then.

If the favored seeds advance, Southern Alamance would be home for three games. Jacksonville (8-1, No. 14) or Pikeville Aycock (8-2, No. 19) would be the second-round foe.

Eastern Alamance has a home game with Southern Durham (6-4, No. 21), which lost 17-8 at Williams on September 1. The winner in Mebane will take on either Scotland County (8-2, No. 5) or Rocky Mount (3-6, No. 28).

Williams faces visiting Wilson Hunt (8-2, No. 18) in the first round. The winner has a meeting with Fayetteville Seventy-First (10-0, No. 2) or Erwin Triton (6-4, No. 31).

Western Alamance goes to Cape Fear (8-2, No. 16), with the winner tasked with a matchup with Havelock (10-0, No. 1) or Dixon (4-6, No. 32)


Class 2-A

Cummings, the Mid-Carolina Conference co-champion, is home against Heide Trask (6-4, No. 25).

Southeast Alamance, in the school’s first year, holds the No. 24 seed with a trip to Martin County (5-3, No. 9) after falling 47-14 to visiting Cummings on Friday night.  [See separate story from Friday night:]

The winners of those two games meet in the second round.

Graham (1-9) didn’t qualify.


Also of note

In Class 1-A, Mid-Carolina Conference co-champion North Moore (8-2) is seeded No. 6 in the East. The Mustangs are coached by Andrew Carrouth, a Southern Alamance alum and former head coach of the Patriots.

North Moore has a rematch from Friday night with winless Chatham Central (0-10, No. 27). The top five teams in the bracket received byes.

In Class 1-A West Region, Eastern Randolph (9-1), coached by Graham resident Burton Cates, is seeded No. 3. The Wildcats completed the regular season as Piedmont Athletic Conference champions, defeating previously undefeated Randleman 22-21 on Friday night. Eastern Randolph hasn’t lost since a season-opening setback to visiting Eastern Alamance. Eastern Randolph’s postseason opener is against Cherryville (2-8, No. 30).

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