Round 4 of the State 4-A playoffs this Friday night, with the AC Reynolds Rockets(12-2) out of Asheville, at the Dudley Panthers(13-1) in Tarpley Stadium on Lincoln Street.
It’s a cool rainy day, outside today, but it was a very cold day on Monday up in Asheville and it makes you wonder how much the teams have been able to do out of doors in the last six weeks, with all the rain that has been going through here.
Here’s more on AC Reynolds:
REYNOLDS â€” Conditions were so cold and raw Monday that only a football team in the fourth round of the NCHSAA playoffs could have enjoyed itself.
Reynolds players huddled around their coach, shivering as the final practice of November came to an end.
â€œNothing else matters but making it to Raleigh,â€ Shane Laws told the Rockets.
â€œDo everything you can to put yourself inside of that stadium two weeks from now.â€
Fourth-seeded Reynolds (12-2) intends to follow that order Friday when it travels to Greensboro to take on No. 2 Dudley (13-1) for the 4-A Western Regional championship. The Rockets are the last Buncombe County team left in the playoffs.
â€œWe can taste it,â€ junior linebacker Ben Councell said.
â€œNone of us have ever been this far. Especially being a part of the history here, it’s something that means a lot to us.â€
Indeed, this is just the fifth Reynolds team to reach a regional final and the first since 2002. In some respects, this might be the most unlikely run of all five.
The Mountain Athletic Conference 4-A champions began the season without a single returning starter on defense.
Their top returning rusher had gained only 249 yards in 2008.
To read on and there is plenty to see, Click Here at the Asheville Citizen-Times……