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NCHSAA Round 2 Playoff Bracket Breakdowns for

3A and 3AA Teams

 By: Anthony Perkins

Last week I picked all eight winners in the 3A/3AA brackets.  Round three in the 3A bracket features two #1 seeds going head to head this week and a 5-9 matchup in the other bracket. The 3AA western brackets feature a 1 seed against a 13 seed and a 3 seed verses a 7 seed. Here’s my shot for the round three games.

The two teams that will decide the winner of the quadrant three bracket of the 3A playoffs are the  number 5 seed Hibriten Panthers and the number 9 seed Forestview Jaguars.  The Panthers are sporting an 11-1 record with their only loss coming to Freedom in the last game of the regular season.  The Jaquars are holding a deceptive 9-4 record and both teams are averaging in excess of 40 points per game with Forestview holding a slight edge.  Forestview has two major weapons in quarterback Logan Bradley and running back Moe Neal.  Bradley has piled up over 2600 yards thru the air with a completion rate of 68% and a QB rating of 121.  Neal made his presence and value known last week with 128 yards rushing and by scoring all three of the Jags touchdowns in the second half.  Sorry, but I could not find any individual stats on the Hibriten personnel. Forestview by 3.

The two teams that will decide the winner of the quadrant four bracket of the 3A playoffs are the number two seed Concord Spiders and the number three seed South Point Red Raiders.  This is a battle between two undefeated and run-oriented teams and it’s shaping up to be a classic confrontation.  The Spiders are averaging slightly less than 400 yards per outing and nearly 35 points per game; with the majority of their offense coming from fullback Rocky Reid who has piled up over 2800 yards this season by averaging over 8 yards per touch. The Red Raiders are averaging nearly 450 yards and 45 points per game but their offense is spearheaded by three different players.  Quarterback Jaquan Brooks (120 yards per game), fullback Tyler Bray (131 yards per game) and wingback Diontrea King (82 yards per game) will make it difficult for the Concord defense to focus on any one player.   Both teams are surrendering a miserly 16 points per game to their opponents.  This should be a highly competitive and close game that may be decided by the best defensive effort.   South Point by 7. 

The two teams that will decide the winner of the quadrant three bracket of the 3AA playoffs are the number one seed Crest Chargers and the number thirteen seed AC Reynolds Rockets. Crest has had a 12-0 run after a season opening loss to get to where they are and the 10-4 Rockets are on a six game win streak.  Players to watch for the run-oriented Crest are fullback Tre Harbison at just under 100 yards per game and quarterback PJ Brooks 108 combined yards per game. Running back Jave Jones (121 yards per game) and quarterback Levi Ledford (230 combined yards per game) are the players to watch for the Rockets that slightly favor the pass.  The Chargers have the defensive edge by giving up nearly two touchdowns less per game than the Rockets.  Offensively the Chargers are averaging over 100 additional yards and two additional touchdowns per game.  Crest by 14.

The two teams that will decide the winner of the quadrant four bracket of the 3AA playoffs are the number three seed Northern Guilford Nighthawks and the number seven seed Weddington Warriors.  Can anyone stop the Nighthawks from another repeat is the question of the day!  First off, I could not find any individual or team stats for the Warriors with the exception of final scores.  Defensively, both teams are giving up less than 9 points per outing and the Nighthawks are scoring only five additional points per game than the Warriors so they look to be pretty evenly matched.  The Nighthawks have a somewhat balanced attack with 218 yards rushing and 135 yards passing accounting for their 353 yards per game average. The Warriors will have to play their best game and get a few breaks if they are to pull off an upset but I’ll go with the Nighthawks because they are the defending champs.  Northern Guilford by 10.

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