Playoff time in North Carolina!
On Nov. 25, 2001 Jim Mora gave football fans one of the most infamous postgame press conference speeches of all time when his Indianapolis Colts lost to the San Francisco 49ers dropping their record to 4-6.
At the end of the press conference, Jim Mora responded to a reporter’s question asking about the Colts’ chances for making it to the playoffs. Mora replied in a memorable high pitched sounding voice with, “What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game.”
It’s that time, folks, the mountains are getting ready for the upcoming winter months, there is a crisp, cool air swirling around the stadiums at night and tensions in the stands are high.
It’s the high school football playoffs in North Carolina and it’s time to break down the Class 2-AA brackets, which Pisgah High School is a No. 2 seed in the West.
All four Class 2-AA brackets are balanced, with some well-known contenders who are back in the mix, including six of the top 10 ranked teams from the state (2-A) poll.
In the Class 2-AA playoffs are No. 2 Jacksonville Northside (East), No. 5 Carrboro (Mideast), No. 6 South Iredell (West), No. 7 Reidsville ((Mideast), No. 8 East Duplin (East) and No. 10 High Point Andrews (Midwest).
All of the 32 teams in the in the 2-AA playoffs let out a big sigh of relief when they found out that based on ADM numbers, top-ranked Tarboro (East) was put in the 2-A East bracket.
Other ranked teams placed in the 2-A playoffs with the powerful Vikings are No. 3 North Lincoln (Midwest), No. 4 Edenton Holmes (East) and No. 9 Starmount (Midwest).
So, without further ado, here are my favorites to reach the state Class 2-AA championship game.
Favorite: Jacksonville Northside (11-0), East Bracket. With a great offensive line, an abundance of speed throughout the Monarchs’ stable of skilled athletes and a workhorse back in Blair Adams, the sky is the limit.
Challenger: South Iredell (9-2), West Bracket. Oh boy, if Pisgah can get by Smoky Mountain tonight, they should draw the Vikings, who would have to dispose of West Lincoln. Despite losing twice this season, South Iredell is an extremely talented team with a solid ground game and a outstanding defense.
Sleeper: Salisbury (9-2), Midwest Bracket. The unranked Hornets started the season 1-2 before ripping off seven consecutive wins. In those last seven games, Salisbury scored an average of 49 points per game. WOW! This is not a wild pick considering the Hornets got hot at the right time.
I really wished I could’ve picked Pisgah as the “sleeper.” But hey, the Black Bears could shock the state with a deep playoff run. It could happen.
Buzz: This may be the most wide open (2-AA) division in the playoffs. There are nine or 10 potential champions among the 64 teams.
Enjoy the football playoffs.