Northeastern NC schools in football playoffs

Brackets are finalized (I think?) for this year’s state football playoffs. The usual eight divisions of glory are set and northeastern North Carolina schools are found in three of them: 1A, 1AA and 2A.

Let’s look at 2A, where Northeastern (No. 4 seed) plays fellow Northeastern Coastal Conference school First Flight, No. 5 Hertford County could await the winner and No. 8 Edenton gets Ayden-Grifton for a third-straight year. Those clubs have beaten each other in the last two meetings.

Geography hurts the NCC as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, if applicable, will find a way for teams to have shorter trips in the playoffs whether conference foe or not. A side note, however: the irony if First Flight upsets NHS after the Eagles beat the Nighthawks in soccer Friday night.

Unfortunately due to the NCHSAA’s push for less travel, Northeastern got a No. 4 instead of a 3 or 2, seeing that it would better suit a game against First Flight.

In the 1AA playoffs, Camden gets a rematch, too, against Princeton. This time it’s sans now-N.C. State back Johnny Frazier and at Camden as an 8/9 game. Perquimans’ 43-42 overtime loss to Columbia didn’t affect its seeding (since Wildcats are in 1A anyway), but challenge is no less tougher going to East Carteret.

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