The onset of colder temperatures coinciding with the end of daylight saving time means one thing in North Carolina: the start of the high school football playoffs.
This annual event kicks off this Friday evening (November 6) with 244 schools across the state in action. Meanwhile, six more schools have received exemptions for the first round and will automatically advance to the second round on November 13.
All games are sanctioned by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association which will crown state champions in four categories (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) on the weekend of December 10-11.
Every public school team in the Roanoke-Chowan area has qualified for the state playoffs. That list is led by Northampton County High School, who won their conference championship with a 7-0 record and finished the regular season at 8-2 overall. The Jaguars are seeded No.4 in the East Class of Class 1A and benefit from a first-lap bypass.
Gates County and Bertie are also in the Class 1A playoff bracket.
The Red Barons (3-4 overall) were seeded # 14 and will host # 19 North Duplin (3-6) in Friday’s opening round.
Bertie (1-6 overall) is the No.22 seed and will travel this Friday to face No.11 West Columbus (4-5).
Hertford County (7-3 overall) won the # 18 seed. The Bears will hit the road for Friday’s playoff opener as they travel to # 15 Clinton (7-2). For HCHS fans planning to attend Friday’s game, Clinton High School uses a cashless admission policy. Tickets can be purchased on the gofan.co website or app. On-site entry points will be staffed with people to assist fans who have not purchased a ticket in advance. A phone and a credit or debit account are required to purchase a ticket at the door.
Other notable state playoff games of local interest on November 6 include:
Class 1A: # 23 Jones Senior to # 10 KIPP Pride
Class 1A: # 25 NW Halifax to # 8 Perquimans
Class 1A: # 17 Weldon to # 16 SE Halifax
Class 1A: # 24 Chatham Central to # 9 Riverside-Martin
Class 2A: # 30 East Carteret (4-5) to # 3 North-East (9-0)
Class 2A: # 19 North Pitt (7-3) to # 14 John A. Holmes (7-2)
Class 2A: # 21 Bartlett Yancey (6-3) to # 12 Roanoke Rapids (6-4)
Class 2A: 29 Camden County at # 4 Whiteville
Class 3A: # 22 Terry Sanford (6-3) to # 11 Currituck County