Thirty high school football teams from the WNCT coverage area make the playoffs

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – The NC High School Athletic Association released its state football playoff pairings for all four classifications on Saturday. A whopping 30 schools in the WNCT coverage area have reached the playoffs.

There is one less round this year and only four leaderboards, a change from the eight that have been played in recent years. Matches will start this Friday and end with the national finals on December 10 and 11.

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Instead of using MaxPreps rankings, the NCHSAA used an RPI formula to determine seeds. The conference champions got an automatic bid with the second-place team in a league with six or more teams also receiving an automatic bid. The other places were filled by general teams based on the RPI.

Tarboro, the top team in the Touchdown Friday Top 9 poll, is the No. 1 seed in the East in the 1-A class. Northside-Pinetown is # 2. The two won their respective conference championships.

East Duplin is the highest ranked Class 2-A team in our region, seeded second. JH Rose (No.6), who won the 3-A part of the Big Carolina Conference title, is the region’s highest-ranked team in this classification.

New Bern, who won the Big Carolina title, is the No. 4 seed in the 4-A class.

There will be some intriguing clashes in the first round. South Creek and Southside will face off in the first round in Class 1-A. The Seahawks defeated South Creek 44-16 on September 3.

Lejeune vs. Pender is also in 1-A, a game the Patriots won 24-0 in the opener for both teams on August 20.

There are two interesting class 2-A clashes with North Lenoir at West Craven, two teams separated by about 30 minutes, as well as SouthWest Edgecombe at Wallace-Rose Hill.

In game 3-A, Croatan goes to JH Rose and Rocky Mount gets tangled up with Havelock, two teams that have faced each other in the state playoffs before.

Click here to see the full state playoff pairings.

No. 1 Tarboro goodbye
No. 25 Northwest Halifax to No. 8 Perquimans
No. 24 Chatham Central to No. 9 Riverside
Warren County # 20 to Pamlico County # 13
No. 19 North Duplin to No. 14 Gates County
No. 27 Lejeune at No. 6 Pender County
No. 22 Bertie County to No. 11 West Columbus
No. 26 South Creek to No. 7 Southside
# 23 Jones Senior at # 10 KIPP Pride
No. 2 Northside bye

No. 17 Kinston to No. 16 Eastern Wayne
No. 25 Southwest Onslow to No. 8 Nash Central
No. 39 Camden County at No. 4 Whiteville
N ° 30 East Carteret to N ° 3 North-East
No.19 North Pitt to No.14 John A. Holmes
No. 27 Greene Central to No. 6 Cummings
No. 22 South Columbus to No. 11 Washington
# 26 North Lenoir to # 7 West Craven
No. 23 SouthWest Edgecombe at No. 10 Wallace-Rose Hill
No. 31 West Bladen to No. 2 East Duplin

# 17 Rocky Mount to # 16 Havelock
White Oak # 21 to # 12 Southern Nash
No. 20 Western Alamance at No. 13 Jacksonville
N ° 27 Croatan to n ° 6 JH Rose
No. 22 Terry Sanford at No. 11 Currituck County
N ° 26 Cap Fear to N ° 7 West Carteret

No. 28 DH Conley at No. 5 Hillside
No. 29 Wakefield to No. 4 New Bern

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