Pam Pack, Panthers playoff bound

Published 5:49 pm Sunday, April 11, 2021

Washington High School drew the top seed in the 2AA football playoffs and have home field advantage until the state championship game, while Northside is seeded fifth in the 1A tournament and will start on the road.

The Pam Pack (5-1, 5-0) won the Eastern Carolina 2A conference title in thrilling fashion Thursday with a 50-49 come-from-behind overtime victory over Kinston. They will host South Granville, (5-1, 5-2) the second place team in the 1A/2A Northern Carolina conference.

“They run the triple option from under center and will be a challenge to defend,” Washington coach Perry Owens said. “They have a history of successful teams and the playoffs are almost a second season. Mistakes are magnified and the stakes are higher. There are no easy wins, bcause only the top eight teams got in.”

The action begins Friday at 6:30 at Wagner Stadium.

“It’s always great to play at home,but especially this year because four of the teams in our bracket are two or three hours away. The ride takes a toll on the players and it’s easier to schedule our pre-game routine when we are home.”

Meanwhile, Northside will start at Rosewood High School, just west of Goldsboro Friday.

The Panthers (5-2, 3-2) finished third in the Coastal Plains 1A while the Eagles (4-1, 6-1) were second in the Carolina 1A conference. Northside made playoffs after a 44-14 home win over Southside Thursday. Senior James Gorham ran 218 yards on just eight carries and scored four touchdowns as Northside kept the Anchor Bowl trophy for the second straight year.