Second round of state playoffs will see 12 teams in WNCT area still playing after Friday wins

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The first round of the NC High School Athletic Association wrapped up with 12 teams in the WNCT coverage area still alive and kicking.

Some of the heavyweights that have done so well during the regular season continued their success on Friday. Among the big winners were Havelock (8-0), Washington (6-1), Tarboro (6-0) and Edenton (6-0). There were also some surprises as the season ended for Kinston, J.H. Rose and West Carteret.

Friday’s win by Bear Grass Charter was its first ever playoff win in its first-ever home playoff contest. The Bears go to Northampton County next Friday.

Edenton and Tarboro will meet for the fourth straight year in the state playoffs next Friday. Tarboro has won the previous three games, each time in the 1-AA East final.

Next Friday’s game between Wallace-Rose Hill and Reidsville in the 2-A East Regional will be a rematch of the 2017 Class 2-A state final, which Wallace-Rose Hill won 35-28 in overtime.

The goal is to win three straight in order to reach the state finals, which will be May 8. One down … two to go.

Friday’s scores
Class 1-A East

Pamlico County 50, West Columbus 8
Northside-Pinetown 35, Rosewood 34
Bear Grass 48, Perquimans 42
Northampton County 36, North Duplin 0

Next Friday
(8) Pamlico County (5-2) at (5) Northside-Pinetown (6-2)
(3) Bear Grass Charter (4-1) at (2) Northampton County (2-3)

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Class 1-AA
Tarboro 62, Manteo 7
John A. Holmes 39, Princeton 28
East Carteret 60, Hobbton 40
Louisburg 50, Lakewood 0

Next Friday
(4) John A. Holmes (6-0) at No. 1 Tarboro (6-0)
(3) East Carteret (6-2) at (2) Louisburg (5-2)

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Class 2-A East
Reidsville 50, Southwest Onslow 0
Wallace-Rose Hill 65, Red Springs 28
Northeastern 48, Kinston 39
Eastern Randolph 42, Clinton 40, 2OT

Next Friday
(4) Wallace-Rose Hill (5-3) at (1) Reidsville (7-0)
(7) Eastern Randolph (5-1) at (3) Northeastern (5-0)

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Class 2-AA East
Washington 35, South Granville 0
Croatan 55, McMichael 7
SouthWest Edgecombe 33, Roanoke Rapids 12
St. Pauls 35, Randleman 9

Next Friday
(4) Croatan (7-1) at (1) Washington (6-1)
(3) SouthWest Edgecombe (6-2) at (2) St. Pauls (6-0)

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Class 3-A East
Eastern Alamance 42, Rocky Mount 28
Western Alamance 38, Terry Sanford 13
Havelock 56, Southern Guilford 14
Northwood 17, West Carteret 0

Next Friday
(8) Eastern Alamance (6-1) at (5) Western Alamance (8-0)
(3) Havelock (8-0) at (2) Northwood (6-2)

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Class 3-AA East
Cleveland 49, Southern Durham 0
Lee County 34, J.H. Rose 26
West Brunswick 42, Chapel Hill 35
Clayton 31, Southeast Guilford 17

Next Friday
(5) Lee County (8-0) at (1) Cleveland (8-0)
(7) Clayton (7-1) at (3) West Brunswick (6-1)

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Class 4-A East
Cardinal Gibbons 49, Pine Forest 7
Richmond County 51, Middle Creek 27
New Bern 37, Scotland County 16
South View 20, Jack Britt 7

Next Friday
(4) Richmond County (4-0) at (1) Cardinal Gibbons (7-0)
(3) New Bern (6-1) at (2) South View (7-1)

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One of the more intriguing games on Friday pits Lee County (7-0), the Tri-County 3-A champs against J.H. Rose (6-0), the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A champs. It’s one of two games where unbeaten local teams square off against another unbeaten team in the first round. The other game pits John A. Holmes (5-0) and Princeton (7-0) in the 1-AA playoffs.

The NC High School Athletic Association had conference champs chosen in a blind draw to determine part of the seeding. With one additional round also out of the playoff format, we’re seeing some impressive match-ups for the first round where in years past, you might see teams with 1-3 wins playing.

Be sure to tune in to “Touchdown Friday” on Friday at 11:15 p.m. for scores, highlights and more. You’ll also find scores posted here throughout the evening on Friday.

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