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By ckeof001 on Jan 25, 2014 05:38 AM
Surprising teams still in high school football playoffs

How Southeast Guilford got here: The Falcons produced back to back road upsets, the first over Mount Tabor (8 4) and the second over top seeded Mooresville (11 2). McThay have thrived in the postseason, and Southeast's opponents have struggled mightily trying to figure out the misdirection that goes on in the Falcons' backfield. It's hard to believe this team lost to Grimsley on Nov. 2 with how they have played in the latter half of November.

How Charlotte Catholic got here: After a blowout win in its opener, Charlotte Catholic pulled away from High Point Central in the second half to come away with a 42 21 win over the Bison. Like Southeast, a dominant running game predicates everything the Cougars like to do offensively. RB Elijah Hood, a UNC signee, had a monster game against High Point Central, rushing 33 times for 308 yards and four touchdowns.

Players to watch: Pick a running back for either team. Hood is one of the best ball carriers in the country. The senior has amassed more than 3,100 rushing yards this year, and he has more than 100 yards in every game this season. But Turner and McThay have combined for nearly 2,800 rushing yards themselves. For fans of old school football, this is a must see.

Notes: Charlotte Catholic's two losses came against two teams still unbeaten this season. . Charlotte Catholic averaged 49 points in its two playoff wins. Southeast Guilford is averaging 43 points.

Rocky River (11 2) at Dudley www.officialhockeyauthentic.com/womens-youth-mario-lemieux-authentic-jersey-c-1_381_392.html (12 0)

How Rocky River got here: The Ravens rallied from a 13 point deficit in the second half against Porter Ridge (8 5) to come away with a 37 29 win. Rocky River scored the final 21 points of the game. Before that, Rocky River tamed a potent Reagan offense in the first round for a comfortable 26 6 win.

How Dudley got here: It's easy to point to the defense, but the Panthers' offense has been just as good, if not better, through two rounds of the 4 A playoffs. QB Emmanuel Moseley threw five touchdowns and rushed for two more in Dudley's 46 14 win over North Davidson, which made a close game at halftime a laugher by the fourth quarter. Dudley's always had a good defense; its offensive production this year is what makes the Panthers a state title contender.

Players to watch: Rocky Ridge features a balanced attack, with three running backs (Elijah Jett, Rashaad Brannon and Deron Davis) splitting the majority of the carries. The Ravens do pass the ball, but they have been much more effective on the ground. Moseley, a Tennessee commit who plays quarterback and defensive back, is the obvious name for Dudley. But keep an eye on defensive tackle Albert McLean, whose disruptive ability in the middle has blown up a lot of plays in the backfield this season.

Notes: Dudley's defense has allowed seven points or fewer in nine games this season. Rocky River's season low in points is 13. . Southeast Guilford's upset of Mooresville assures Dudley of having home field advantage in the playoffs until the state championship game.

Weddington (11 2) at Northern Guilford (11 2)

How Weddington got here: Despite turning the ball over six times, Weddington used a fourth quarter touchdown run by Ryan Black to upset second seeded Asheville 14 10. Weddington hammered Ledford 42 0 at home in the first round. According to Weddington coach Tim Carson, Black now has more than 1,000 receiving yards on the season.

How Northern got here: The Nighthawks' defense has been relentless. Northern shut out Eastern Guilford in the first round, and the Nighthawks led Central Cabarrus 34 0 before giving up two late TDs. Northern's offense has been efficient as well, but it is the defense that has keyed the two blowout wins. Freeman ran on Central Cabarrus for nearly 200 yards, but Weddington's calling card this season has been its run defense. How well Weddington linebackers Jack Ryan, Evan Lloyd and Myles Moore can contain Northern's ground game could determine this matchup.

Notes: This is the first time in school history Weddington has advanced this far in the playoffs. This is also the first time Weddington has won Mario Lemieux Jersey more than 10 games in a season. . Northern Guilford, the three time defending 3 AA state champion, has won 17 straight playoff games.

Northwest Guilford (12 1) at Charlotte Mallard Creek (13 0)

How Northwest Guilford got here: As the weather has gotten colder, the Vikings' running game has become even more effective. Throw in a physical defense, and Northwest dominated both Page and Richmond Senior in the first two rounds. But now comes the ultimate test in Mallard Creek. Mallard Creek is the No. 1 team in the state, and the Mavericks have been to the state semifinals the past two seasons.

How Mallard Creek got here: After a 62 7 rout of Charlotte Ardrey Kell in the first round, Mallard Creek's air of invincibility showed some cracks in a 42 27 defeat of pass happy Providence. It was the most points Mallard Creek had allowed this season.

Players to watch: Mallard Creek has leaned on Jaylen Samuels and Lawrence Pittman to carry the ball this postseason, and the duo combined for nearly 400 rushing yards in the Mavericks' second round win against Providence. State commit. For Northwest, Anthony Harding and Christian Dix are the primary ball carriers, and the Vikings need long, successful scoring drives to keep their opponent's potent offense off the field.

Notes: Against a similar run heavy offense in Charlotte Catholic, Mallard Creek kept Elijah Hood in check and won 52 7. . Mallard Creek has won 23 in a row at home.

Northside (10 3) at Andrews (11 1) www.officialhockeyauthentic.com/womens-youth-marcandre-fleury-authentic-jersey-c-1_381_386.html

How Andrews got here: The Red Raiders picked up where they left off in the regular season. Andrews has won 11 in a row since a season opening loss to High Point Central, and it hasn't really been challenged in any game since then. The Red Raiders have won each game on their long winning streak by 28 points or more. Andrews defeated its first two playoff opponents, Southwest Edgecombe and North Brunswick, by a combined score of 82 15.

How Northside got here: Northside is on a winning streak of its own, having won eight straight since starting 2 3. Northside made it to the 2 AA state semifinals last season, and it scored 19 unanswered points to beat Hertford 19 7 in the second round.

Players to watch: RB Marquell Marc-Andre Fleury Jersey Cartwright has been the best player for Andrews all year. Cartwright has gained more than 100 yards in every game, and he has 2,040 rushing yards and 32 TDs on the season. For Northside, twins Kris and Korey Curry have the spotlight. Kris has sparked Northside offensively since taking more snaps out of the backfield, and Korey, a linebacker, was a terror in Northside's win over Hertford.

Notes: The Red Raiders were upset 36 35 in this round last year by Salisbury. . Northside advanced to the 2 AA state semifinals last season.

Lincolnton (9 4) at Reidsville (11 2)

How Reidsville got here: The Rams rallied from a 13 0 deficit to Polk County, then barely hung on late for a 27 19 win in the second round. Reidsville has now won eight games in a row since back to back losses to Northwest Guilford and Northern Guilford. Reidsville also caught a break when top seeded Carver was upset, giving the Rams another home playoff game.

How Lincolnton got here: Lincolnton marched 65 yards for a touchdown in the final minutes to stun top seeded Carver (11 2) 28 27. Previously, Carver's only loss had come to unbeaten Dudley. In the first round, Lincolnton escaped Thomasville (5 7) 14 7.

Players to watch: Reidsville quarterback Devante Williams had two rushing scores in Reidsville's second round win, and Rams RB Jayron Rankin is another player to keep an eye on offensively. Lincolnton's Justice Charles had 100 yards in 14 carries against Carver, and he also caught the game winning TD pass.

Notes: Reidsville lost in this round of the playoffs last season to Carrboro. The Rams have won 18 state championships, their most recent coming in 2009.
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