We have teams that are now eliminated from further competition and that leaves us with only eleven open spots in this week’s poll.
#1)Grimsley(10-1) The Whirlies defeated Smith 49-0 last week and now host Huntersville Hopewell in round one of the playoffs that get under way tomorrow night. Jamaral Rease has not been practicing with the Whirlies this week so it looks like he really has decided to hang up his cleats because of the injuries to his knees. Rease was just named the Metro 4-A Defensive Player of the Year, while Page’s Will Newman, the fine junior quarterback was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Metro. Grimsley’s soccer team knocked off South Mecklenburg 3-2 in the playoffs on Wednesday night and the Whirlies were led by two basketball players, Johnathan Leonard and David Dupont.
#2)TIE Northeast Guilford(9-2) and Ragsdale(9-2) The Rams closed out the regular season with a win over Bartlett Yancey and the Tigers ended on good note with a victory against Asheboro. This week we have Eastern Wayne at NEG in round one and WS Parkland visits Ragsdale.(NEG got a #2 seed after originally being a #1 because Oxford Webb finished in a three-way tie for #1 in their conference and since the other two conference members were 3-A and not 3-AA, Webb became the #1 3-AA East seed since they had won their conference and Northeast had finsihed second behind Western Alamance.)
#4)Dudley(8-3) Dudley trailed WG 3-0 at the half last week and refused to show the Hornets anything that the Panthers upcoming opponent Currituck County might be able to pick up on tape. Dudley won 26-3 over WG but they came out in the second half and ran their offense from the wishbone, a completely different formation than that of the Panthers regular I-backfield. Tyree Ward, Joseph Jackson, and Fred Overby set up in the Bone while Ward and Major Bryant usually line up in the “I”. Dudley is not ready to give away any secrets to Currituck.
#5)Page(7-4) The Pirates opponent this week, Charlotte Independnece, has not been in a “road” playoff game since November of 2000. Last week the Pirates took care of business to go 5-0 Metro, by taking out Northwest Guilford 27-7 and by winning the conference Page gets a “home shot” at Independence in Marion Kirby Stadium. Will coach Tom Knotts be on the sidelines for the Patriots vs. the Pirates on Friday night?
#6)Southern Guilford(8-3) A re-match of last week’s regular season finale with Eastern Guilford is on the slate this week for the SG Storm on Friday night in C.K. Siler Stadium along the Storm’s front porch down in Sumner. SG took EG 28-14 last Friday night and this one should be just as good if not better.
#7)Southeast Guilford(7-4) The Falcons mashed Randleman 49-6 last week and now for the second straight year they will host Erwin Triton in round one of the playoffs. Last season SEG made it to round three before falling to Eastern Randolph and if everything falls into place they might meet ER again this year in the third round.
#8)Eastern Guilford(5-6) EG makes the trip up Highway 85/40 and they’ll hit the Randleman Road exit and then end up at Southern Guilford on Friday night.
#9)Western Guilford(6-5) The Hornets lost to EG earlier this year and that’s whey they are still one game below the Wildcats, plus WG fell 26-3 to Dudley last Friday. WG will take their show on the road this week with a trip to Harnett Central in round one of the state 3-AA playoffs.
#10)High Point Andrews(4-6) HPA beat WS Parkland 46-35 last week and in the process the Raiders ended up with a home game for the first round of the playoffs. West Iredell will offer up the opposition and if HPA can get past this one, they have a chance to go face WS Carver next week. Carver, the #1 3-A seed, barely beat HPA 24-21 three weeks ago.
#11)High Point Central(4-7) HPC defied the odds and they got into the playoffs even after last week’s 37-34 loss to East Forsyth. Central will travel to face Mount Tabor on Friday.
*****The rest of our teams have completed their seasons.*****