The luck of the draw has Whiteville traveling 285 miles (one-way) to Mountain Heritage High in Burnsville while Lincolnton makes the 198 mile trek to South Columbus in the 2A West playoffs. Whiteville, South Columbus and East Bladen finished in a three-way tie for the Three Rivers Conference championship. Each forged a 1-1 record against the other two. East Bladen drew the top spot,South Columbus second and Whiteville third. This gave the Eagles the #2 seed in 2A East, the Stallions the #4 seed in the 2A West and the Wolfpack the #7 seed in 2A West.
The Stallions have a much better record (11-1) than Lincolnton (6-6),but the Wolves have won five of its last six. The only loss was to an 11-1 Maiden team 28-21. Lincolnton has a rich football tradition. It defeated South Columbus in the 2007 2A State Championship contest and is a perennial playoff participant.
The Stallions were able to defeat Wheatmore 14-0 in round one. Penalties have plagued South Columbus in recent contests. The Stallions will rely on the running of Trequan Bellamy (1581 yards), Seth Buffkin (974) and Daron Stephens (547) Quarterback Robby Spencer does not pass often, but can when called on. Spencer also is an effective runner.
South will need to stop Wolves’ running back Tyshaun Harris and quarterback Terrell McClain. Harris has rushed for 2000+ yards and McClain has thrown for over 1200 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Whiteville will face an undefeated (11-0) Mountain Heritage Cougar team. Mountain Heritage is led by senior quarterback Trey Robinson. Robinson has rushed for 2465 yards and 34 touchdowns this season. Robinson is responsible for over 10000 yards of total offense in his career. Senior running back Dathan Robinson has rushed for 1197 yards. Trey Robinson has only attempted 68 passes, but 10 of his 34 completions have gone for touchdowns.
The Wolfpack will counter with dual threat quarterback Ty Moss. Moss has rushed for 853 yards and 11 touchdowns and thrown for 1617 yards and 24 touchdowns. Keyshawn Bellamy passed the 1000 yard rushing mark last Friday. Batik Martin is the Wolfpack’s leading pass catcher with 28 receptions and 682 yards. Cameron Smith has 23 catches, 521 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Weather is not expected to play a factor in Friday night’s games.