Looking toward the NCHSAA Playoffs and the brackets are do out on Saturday….Hopefully early Saturday afternoon….Big game down east tonight with Wake Forest over Heritage, 38-14 and close to 8,000 fans at this game….Another one big one locally, West Forsyth 17, Glenn 14…..Wake Forest(11-0), Heritage(10-1), West Forsyth(11-0) and Glenn(10-1)…
Playoffs with Page in, Ragsdale in, Grimsley still with an outside shooter hoping to get in, Dudley in, Southwest Guilford in, Smith in, Eastern Guilford in, Southeast Guilford in, Northeast Guilford in, Northern Guilford in, High Point Andrews on thin ice, Southern and Western Guilford out, Northwest Guilford out and High Point Central out….
Looking at them again…..
1)Page….#1 Metro…..Page looking at a Bye in Round One of the Playoffs…
2)Ragsdale…#2 Metro….Ragsdale might get one home game, but it could be tough….
3)Grimsley hoping to get there and all of the first three from the Metro 4-A Conference…Grimsley #3 Metro….If Grimsley gets in, they will be Road Warriors in Week One and beyond….
4)Southwest Guilford….SWG should have a shot to get at least two homes games….
5)Dudley….SWG and Dudley both from the Piedmont Triad 3-A Conference….SWG #2 Piedmont Triad 3-A and Dudley #3 Piedmont Triad 3-A….Hearing Zyreik Rush suffered another injury as the Dudley RB tonight….
Dudley could feel the road calling their name in Round One….
6)Smith….Got to their fifth win tonight and the Eagles feel good about that getting them in….The MaxPreps Ranking will have to favor/help Smith, the Eagles were fifth in their conference.PTA 3-A….
If Smith is in, they will have to up the tank on the travel bus, and if you get in at this stage of the game, you don’t care, you are just glad to get in…..
7)Eastern Guilford going (15-0) and on to the 3-AA Final game last season and the Wildcats closed at (15-1) and now they sit at (9-2) in 2017 with games vs. 4-A’s Page and Grimsley, they lost to Smith and now look out for Eastern Guilford…..QB Dominique Graves needs to lead this team back to the finals….Eastern going in as the #1 team from the Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference….I sense Eastern Guilford at home for at least the first two weeks of the playoffs…
8)Southeast Guilford in as the #2 team from the Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference….SEG has to find a running game to along with their up field passing game…..Should be home for Round One….
9)Northeast Guilford at (7-4) and the #4 team coming out of the Mid-State 3-A Conference….One of the wild things is Rockingham County comes out of the Mid-State at (8-3), having beaten both Northeast Guilford and Northern Guilford….NEG looks to roading it in Round One and what a turnaround for the Rams, going from (4-7) to (7-4) in one season, with Coach Earl Bates, helping to open the gates….
10)Northern Guilford at (6-5) and the Nighthawks one game behind NEG in the Mid-State and NG hits the highway in Round One and will not come unless they keep winning and some team in the bracket seeded lower than them knocks off a higher seeded team and NG is set to meet that team next….Being able to say next would be nice for the Nighthawks in 2017….
11)High Point Andrews is still on this ice in the 2-A classification and if the Red Raiders get in at (4-7) that would be a plus for the Red Raiders….Grimsley would be at (4-7), but it is easier to get with an extended losing record on the 4-A side than it is on the 2-A side of things….
High Point Central(5-6)
Western Guilford(0-11)…..This might be the first (0-11) season in the history of Western Guilford football and you thought your bunch had it bad……
Pluses for the last week of the Regular Season and coming our of Friday night’s game…..
Page had a very good receiving corp back in 2015 with Diondre Overton, Ronald Polite and James Ellis III, this year’s group of Pirate receivers may be even better, when look at the group as a whole, with Nick Baker, Naseem Alston, Naim Bradshear, Assad Alston and Cody King…..On the jet sweep, they can all carry the seed/load/pigskin….
Good to see Ragsdale honor Coach Tommy Norwood at halftime of the Page game on Friday….Well-deserved recognition for Coach Norwood, as he received that Big R plaque…..The man did the job and he paid his dues in Guilford County, over and over again, over the years…..
STAY TUNED….Brackets due out Today/Saturday…..