No. 10 South View (9-3) at No. 2 Middle Creek (10-2)
Middle Creek can match its longest postseason run to date with a win against the Tigers of Hope Mills, just south of Fayeteville. The Mustangs have allowed only one opponent to score more than 21 points this year, and that bodes well given Middle Creek’s offense has found its groove in recent weeks. Curtis Burston has seven touchdown grabs in the four weeks he has been healthy.
It’s not often teams from these two regions share a common opponent, but they do this year in E.E. Smith. Middle Creek beat the Bulls 56-14 in week two, while South View beat Smith 25-21 in week nine.
Last time they met: No previous meetings.
No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons (9-3) at No. 2 Southern Durham (10-2)
In a showdown of the top two passing offenses in the Triangle, Big Eight Conference foes Cardinal Gibbons and Southern Durham are set to tangle again in the 3AA playoffs. Gibbons quarterback Shawn Stankavage has more than 3,300 yards passing (30 touchdowns, 17 interceptions) and 1,000 yards rushing (14 TDs). Two of his receivers, Dante DiMaggio and Earl Gill, have more than 900 yards receiving.
Southern quarterback Kendal Hinton has more than 2,900 yards passing (29 touchdowns, 2 interceptions) and almost 900 yards rushing. Two of his receivers, Derrick Mason and N.C. State recruit Maurice Trowell have more than 1,000 yards receiving.
Last time they met: In week eight, Southern took a road 45-28 win at Gibbons.
All playoff football games start at 7:30 p.m.
Player of the week
How’s this for a stat? Four catches, four touchdowns. Middle Creek’s Curtis Burston, an East Carolina recruit, was dominant in a 37-20 first-round win against Fuquay-Varina.
Players of the week this season
Week 1: Jackson O’Korn, SS, Cardinal Gibbons
Week 2: Trevion Hackney, RB, Cary
Week 3: Luke Massei, QB, Green Hope
Week 4: Luke Massei, QB, Green Hope
Week 5: Dorrel McClain, RB, Panther Creek
Week 6: Brant Grisel, QB, Middle Creek
Week 7: Tray Staten, RB, Holly Springs
Week 8: Dominique Lynch, RB, Athens Drive
Week 9: Brant Grisel, QB, Middle Creek
Week 10: Tom Hartshorn, LB, Middle Creek
Week 11: Demetrice Massenburg, RB, Green Hope
Week 12: Shawn Stankavage, QB, Cardinal Gibbons
Week 13: Curtis Burston, WR, Middle Creek