All four local teams are in action this weekend in the first round of the state football playoffs.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association released its schedule for all divisions, and area teams are competing in four of them: 1A, 1AA, 2A and 2AA.
Mount Airy, East Surry and Surry Central have home games, while North Surry hits the road.
Several other teams from the Northwest, Western Piedmont and Mountain Valley conferences made the cut.
Mount Airy is a top seed in 1AA and hosts South Stanly. East Surry hosts Pine Lake Prep. Unfortunately, if both teams win, there would be yet another Bear/Cardinal rematch in the second round. Thanks to the NCHSAA’s pod system, the two local schools have knocked one another out of the playoffs a few times.
Surry Central won’t have the problem. A second seed in its bracket, Central won’t see any area team unless West Wilkes, a fifth seed, can make the West 2A regional.
North Surry has the toughest task, traveling to undefeated Shelby.
In 1A, Winston-Salem Prep is a fourth seed and hosts Robbinsville. Bishop McGuinness is a sixth seed going to Thomas Jefferson.
In 1AA along with the Bears and Cards, Whiteville is a second seed and Bessemer City a third seed in an eight-team bracket.
On the other side of the 1AA West bracket, eighth seed Starmount goes to top seed West Montgomery.
Walkertown is the seventh seed going to second-seeded East Wilkes.
In 2A, West Wilkes has the best record of any team NOT getting a home match at 8-3. The fifth seed travels to fourth seed Eastern Randolph, also 8-3. Waiting in the wings is top seed Lincolnton; the Blackhawks would have to beat both for a potential sectional game with Surry Central.
Central hosts second seed Polk County. The Golden Eagles likely would face third seed Hendersonville in the second round.
On the other side of the brackets, Carver is a seventh seed going to Brevard.
While the Greyhounds have their hands full with Shelby, two other area teams compete in 2AA.
Wilkes Central is a second seed hosting seventh seed R-S Central. Hunter Huss, the third seed, is the likely second-round opponent.
West Stokes is the seventh seed on the other side, going to second seed West Caldwell.
#5 Robbinsville (4-6) at #4 Winston-Salem Prep (4-6)
#6 Bishop McGuinness (4-7) at #3 Thomas Jefferson (9-2)
#8 South Stanly (4-7) at #1 Mount Airy (10-1)
#5 Pine Lake Prep (5-6) at #4 East Surry (8-3)
#8 Starmount (2-9) goes to #1 West Montgomery (11-0)
#7 Walkertown (6-5) at #2 East Wilkes (8-3)
#5 West Wilkes (8-3) at #4 Eastern Randolph (8-3)
#7 Polk County (5-6) at #2 Surry Central (10-1)
#7 Carver (5-6) at #2 Brevard (9-2)
#6 North Wilkes (7-4) at #3 North Rowan (9-2)
#8 North Surry (5-6) at #1 Shelby (11-0)
#7 R-S Central (5-6) at #2 Wilkes Central (9-2)
#7 West Stokes (6-5) at #2 West Caldwell (9-2)
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.