Hough Mallard Creek

After defeating North Meck and Mallard Creek, Hough takes on Vance in the quarterfinals.

Friday, Nov. 30

 

Hough at Vance

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Breakdown: Though this quarterfinal game features the No. 8 and 5 seed in the 4AA state playoffs, both the Huskies and Cougars are ranked in the Top 10 4A teams in North Carolina. Hough’s only losses have come to previous No. 1 Mallard Creek and Vance, who defeated the Huskies 25-0 Nov. 9. Nov. 23, Matt Jenkins’ team was able to avenge its loss to Mallard Creek in a 19-7 win. Vance scored 20 points in the first half in a 34-0 win over 4-seed (with a 5-6 record) Ardrey Kell. In the first round, Vance defeated Northwest Guilford, 50-7.

 

North Lincoln at Shelby

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Breakdown: Coming off two convincing victories in the 2AA playoffs, 8-seed North Lincoln will travel to 4-seed Shelby for a state quarterfinal game. In a second-round win over East Lincoln, the Knights got 148 rushing yards from Clayton Cribb. And perhaps more surprising were the 101 passing yards quarterback Landon Beard produced. The Golden Lions are 10-3 following wins over West Lincoln and Ashe County. This game will be a contrast of styles, as Shelby relies on the passing game. Quarterback Isaiah Bess has thrown for 3,210 yards and 32 touchdowns. 

 

Bandys at Hibriten

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Breakdown: South Fork 2A champion Bandys takes its nine-game winning streak into the third round of the 2AA playoffs as it travels to Caldwell County to face undefeated Hibriten. The 3 seed, Bandys beat Franklin, 28-14 in the first round and eliminated West Stokes Nov. 23 by a 51-14 score. Hibriten, the 2 seed, throttled East Henderson 63-0 to start the playoffs but had a much closer 28-20 win against South Point. As champions of the Northwestern Foothills conference, the Panthers put up 54 points a game. Both teams rely on the run game. Hibriten has two 1,00-yard rushers in Marqwone Jones and McKinley Witherspoon. Bandys’ Ethan Howard has compiled 2,209 rush yards, while quarterback Lake Hojnacki has also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.

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