Football playoffs pairings released: mixed results for county teams

Published 3:55 pm Saturday, October 28, 2023

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Southside will be the only county team in action when the state football playoffs open Friday night.

The Seahawks (4-6) are the 22nd seed in 1A and take on number 11 Bertie (4-5). Southside finished second in the

Coastal Plains Conference, while the Falcons were third in the Four Rivers Conference.

Bertie has not played a home game all season because of field problems, so the site for Friday is yet to be determined.

“We’d love to host, but Bertie is trying to play at Chowan University, so we’ll see,” Southside coach Jeff Carrow said. “They are an athletic team from a tough conference so we’ll be challenged wherever we play them. Our guys are excited and ready for the post-season.”

CPC champion Northside (8-2) drew a first round bye as the fourth seed and will host the winner of #13 East Bladen and #20 N. Edgecombe Nov. 11.

“It’s great we are the four seed, but I’m a little disappointed we aren’t playing Friday night,” Northside coach Keith Boyd said. “We’ve won six in a row and are playing well right now, so we wanted to keep it going. Too many other teams opted out so the top five seeds in the 1A East ended up with byes. We’ll enjoy our conference championship for a couple more days, then get down to business early next week.”

All 32 1A East teams qualify for the playoffs, but five opted not to go, including CPC members Lejeune and Jones.

Pamlico County (3-7) is the 25th seed and plays at #9 Southeast Halifax.

Undefeated Tarboro (9-0) is the top seed in the East as the Vikings look bounce back from last year’s loss in the title game.

  1. Columbus is the second seed, followed by Wilson Prep.

Meanwhile, Washington’s season is over after Friday’s 34-14 victory at Ayden-Grifton as the Pam Pack (3-7) didn’t qualify for the 2A playoffs.

“I’m not sure our record dictated that we should be in, so I’m okay with it,” first-year coach Matt Taylor said. “It should be a challenge to make the playoffs, and I’m not sure we met that challenge. Everything came together in our win at AG and I think it was a great way to head into our off-season program. Our future is bright and I’m excited to get back to work.”

Eastern Plains Conference foes Southwest Edgecombe (3), Farmville Central (14), North Pitt (20) and Greene Central (28) will represent the league in post-season play.

Clinton drew the top seed in the 2A East bracket.