WAXHAW, NC – Final playoff brackets are in, and conference champions have been named, as four football teams from the Tri-W area prepare for post-season football and a chance to move one step closer to a potential championship game. Here we will take a look at results from the final week of the regular season, final conference rankings, and who our teams will be facing for round one of the NCHSAA state championship playoff tournament.
Weddington earned the title of Southern Carolina 4A Conference champion with a 23-18 victory over Marvin Ridge in their last regular season game of the year. The Warriors finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-1 and a conference record of 5-0. With their number three tournament seeding, the Warriors’ first playoff game of the year will be at home this Friday against 30-seed North Meck. The North Meck Vikings are 4-1 on the year.
Marvin Ridge finished the year at second place in the Southern Carolina 4A Conference with an overall record of 7-2. The Mavericks have secured their playoff spot with a 14-seed placement after finishing the season with a conference record of 4-1. They will host 19-seed Charlotte Catholic for game one of the playoffs. The Charlotte Catholic Cougars ended their season with a record of 7-2 as well, playing outside of Marvin Ridge’s conference for the first time in several seasons. Marvin Ridge has earned an average of 31.6 points per game to Charlotte Catholic’s 21.2 ppg.
At the 27 seed, the Cuthbertson Cavaliers will travel to play six-seed Watauga for round one. The Cavaliers finished the season at 4-6 with a 2-3 conference record. The Watauga Pioneers have earned an average of 36 points per game compared to the 27.4 of Cuthbertson. Friday’s game at Watauga will be a contest of two very different styles of play with Cuthbertson relying heavily on the passing game throughout the year, and Watauga finding their success primarily on the ground. Watauga puts up an average 287.7 rushing yards per game, while Cuthbertson rushes for an average of only 121. The Cavaliers, however, earn an average of 190.9 through the air, while Charlotte Catholic brings in less than 70 passing yards per game. The Cavaliers ended their regular season with a 45-19 win over the Piedmont Panthers.
The Parkwood Wolf Pack earned a second place finish in the Rocky River 3A Conference. Their record on the year was 5-2 with a conference record of 3-1. Parkwood picked up their latest win in a 26-20 win over Anson. They will enter the 3A state tournament as the ninth overall seed, hosting 24 seed Rockingham County for round one. Parkwood scores roughly one more touchdown per game compared to Rockingham County. They bring in about thirty more passing and rushing yards per game as well. Parkwood has yet to be defeated on their home turf this season.