Central, Andrews take on second-round foes
Out of seven area teams to make the playoffs, only two remain: High Point Central and T.W. Andrews.
The Bison, on a short week, rolled past Hopewell, while the Red Raiders cruised past SouthWest Edgecombe.
The games get tougher this week, as Central visits standout running back Elijah Hood and Charlotte Catholic, while Andrews hosts North Brunswick.
From here on out, there are no easy games. So, both teams will have to prepare well and execute well if they hope to advance.
NO. 5 HIGH POINT CENTRAL AT NO. 4 CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC
Records: High Point Central (9-3, 4-1 Piedmont Triad); Charlotte Catholic (10-2, 7-0 So. Meck 8)
How they got here: High Point Central, keyed by quarterback Jamiel Mack, receiver Juwan Foggie and safety Germaine Pratt, won its first playoff game since 2010 last Thursday, 38-21 against Hopewell.
Charlotte Catholic, led by one of the top running backs in the state in North Carolina commit Elijah Hood, rolled past Kannapolis Brown 56-14 for its eighth straight win. Hood ran for 231 yards and four TDs.
What’s next: The winner will face either No. 1 Mooresville or No. 9 Southeast Guilford in the third round.
NO. 8 NORTH BRUNSWICK AT NO. 1 T.W. ANDREWS
Records: North Brunswick (9-3, 3-2 East Central); T.W. Andrews (10-1, 5-0 PAC-6
How they got here: North Brunswick won its first playoff game since 2008, beating Randleman 49-17. Senior quarterback Randy Clark rushed for four TDs, blocked a punt that led to another score and recovered a fumble.
T.W. Andrews roared past SouthWest Edgecombe 43-15 for its 10th straight win (the 28-point margin being the closest of the 10 wins). Rontei Wilkes rushed for 82 yards and two TDs, while Marquell Cartwright had 81 yards and two TDs. Lamar Raynard also completed 10 of 16 passes for 149 yards and a TD.
What’s next: The winner will face either No. 5 Jacksonville Northside or No. 13 Hertford County in the third round.