Monday, November 5, 2007

Handicapping Gaston, Lincoln teams' chances

Breaking down the football playoff brackets for Gaston and Lincoln teams:

---South Point might have gotten a better draw as a No. 2 seed instead of No. 1 in the 3AA West playoffs. The Red Raiders face Kings Mountain Friday - a team South Point has already beaten - and then would likely face Burns, another team South Point has beaten, in the second round. South Point would likely host Ragsdale in the third round. If South Point had been the No. 1 seed, the Red Raiders would have faced a tough game against either Winston-Salem Glenn or Indian Trail Sun Valley in the second round, and then would likely face Charlotte Catholic or A.L. Brown in the third round.

---Things also worked out well for Ashbrook. The Green Wave is the No. 3 West seed in the 4A playoffs despite a 6-5 record. And, if fellow Big South team Crest can win two games, Ashbrook would be at home until the state semifinals as long as it keeps winning.

---None of the Lincoln County teams got a favorable draw. Lincolnton, the No. 5 West seed in the 2A playoffs, would likely have to win road games at Brevard and Wilkes Central to advance to the state championship. East Lincoln, the No. 10 seed in the 2A playoffs, faces Monroe Friday, and North Lincoln, the No. 6 seed in the 2AA playoffs, faces Bandys.

---North Gaston might have the toughest draw of the local contenders. The Wildcats host Concord, and would then likely face road games against West Rowan and Anson Senior.

---Cherryville might win its first game in the 1AA playoffs at home against East Surry, but the Ironmen would likely face an away game against Albemarle after that.

-- Kevin Cary


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