McKinney: Quick Hitter

Dec. 05, 2013 @ 08:58 PM

Like big-league baseball in October and college basketball in March, there’s just something special about N.C. high school football in December.

Only the cream of the crop hit the diamond in October, the hardwood in March or the gridiron in December.

This season, T.W. Andrews football stands alone among area schools.

The Red Raiders represent the only team in our coverage area still alive and kicking in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs.

Top-seeded Andrews (12-1) plays host to third-seeded Washington (12-2) in the NCHSAA 2AA state semifinals. Kickoff at Simeon Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.

If the Red Raiders get past the Pam Pack, they’ll reach their first state final since 1993. Andrews fell 19-14 to West Brunswick in the 3A final that year.

The Red Raiders seek their first state crown since the 1991 squad downed A.L. Brown 24-14 in the 3A final.

Andrews stands two wins away from the fourth state football title in school history, having also taken 4A championships in 1972 and ‘76.

Expect a spirited postseason atmosphere at storied Simeon Stadium tonight.

— Mark McKinney