Saturday, November 7, 2009

Butler gets No. 2 football seed, may appeal

Butler High, which is the state's top-ranked football team, got a No. 2 seed in the preliminary N.C. High School Athletic Association seeding released Saturday afternoon.

Final seeding will be announced later today, and Butler is contacting the NCHSAA about its seeding.

As it stands now, Richmond Senior, which Butler defeated 38-31 at Richmond in September, is the No. 1 overall seed in the West, and will play West Charlotte at home Friday.

The NCHSAA handbook says that "any non-conference game that is dropped for seeding purposes may still be used in breaking a tie" among teams with identical records. And that "we will first try to break the tie(s) by looking at head-to-head competition. If these schools played each other in a non-conference game, but one of them didn't count that game for seeding purposes, the game will still be used to break the tie, with the team that lost getting the lower seed."

NCHSAA spokesman Rick Strunk, contacted by the Observer about the ruling, said the association would look into it before releasing final pairings this evening.

A little news about the bracket as it stands:

The Raiders beat Scotland County 35-7 Friday and won their eighth straight game. Richmond played without starting tailback Labarrian Jones (high ankle sprain) and lost starting quarterback Tedarrius Wiley, who injured his shoulder in the second quarter. Wiley was expected to have the injury examined Saturday.

Richmond will play no team with a higher seed than No. 4.

Butler, meanwhile, plays Northwest Guilford Friday and then could face Southwestern 4A conference rivals Providence and Independence in consecutive weeks.

The Bulldogs beat both teams by a touchdown earlier this year, including a 31-24 win over the Patriots Friday night, when they took advantage of multiple Independence turnovers.

Independence got a No. 6 seed and will play East Forsyth at home Friday and then could travel back to No. 3 seed Mallard Creek for a rematch of a 42-41 Patriots win to start the season.

Check back here later today for updates on this situation.

Complete preliminary brackets are here


Wayne said...

As it stands right now on the NCHSAA preliminary brackets, Butler is the #1 and Richmond is the #2.

Anonymous said...

West Rowan, the defending state 3A champs, 11-0 on the season, the #1 ranked team in the state for 3A (#5 overall), with the best running back in the state and best DE in the state, and they get a #2 seed???????? What kind of corruption is there with the NCHSAA? That is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

The NCHSAA is corrupt. They try to force teams to play an extra game (and they keep the money) by allowing you to drop a loss. That is why all teams are listed as having 10 games though most played 11. The splitting of divisions is insane, NC is too small to have 8 champios. It waters everything down and forces mediocre teams to play in the playoffs.