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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released its preliminary playoff brackets.
Below is an early look at the schedule involving Catawba County teams, which will be finalized later today:
No. 16 Smoky Mountain (2-9) at No. 1 East Lincoln (11-0)
No. 9 Rutherfordton Spindale (7-4) at No. 8 Bandys (8-3)
Pounding the football on the ground and converting key fourth downs, the Bandys football team picked up a critical 31-14 rivalry victory against Newton-Conover on Friday night at Gurley Stadium.
The win by Bandys (8-3, 5-2) assures it of a third-place finish in the conference and likely home game in the playoffs, which start next Friday night.
Matt Williams threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another score, lifting Fred T. Foard to a 41-19 victory against rival St. Stephens on Friday.
Foard improves to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play, clinching its first winning season and playoff berth since 2008.
Below is a look at the final regular season prep football scores involving Catawba County teams, as well as a look at scores across the state of North Carolina:
Nov. 7 scores
Bandys 31, Newton-Conover 14
Fred T. Foard 41, St. Stephens 19
Hibriten 49, Hickory 34
Lincolnton 62, Maiden 32
West Caldwell 61, Bunker Hill 34
A former ball boy returns tonight to battle the man he stood next to on the sidelines just a few years ago.
No, this isnâ€™t the script for a dramatic sports movie, but rather the story of Bandys quarterback Devan Cox and Newton-Conover head football coach Matt Beam.
Bandys and Newton-Conover face off tonight on the football field to determine who will finish third in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A.
For a complete preview of this game, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Below is a look at Thursday's final junior varsity football scores involving Catawba County teams:
Nov. 6 scores
Bunker Hill 27, West Caldwell 7
(Bears win SD-7 title with 7-0 record)
Hibriten 6, Hickory 0
Maiden 14, Lincolnton 12
Newton-Conover 22, Bandys 0
St. Stephens 31, Fred T. Foard 12
Alan Esperilla gave a speech to his teammates during warm ups before Wednesdayâ€™s third-round boys soccer playoff game against Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA).
â€śI told them we either survive as a team or we all die as an individual,â€ť said Esperilla, who was quoting a YouTube video he watched of JĂĽrgen Klinsmann, head coach of the United States menâ€™s national soccer team.
For one year, the Fred T. Foard boys soccer team had to swallow a painful, snowy loss to Marvin Ridge in the 3A West Region finals.
On Wednesday, the Tigers were able to redeem themselves on the foot of senior midfielder Logan Winstead.
Foardâ€™s Kevin Carrillo found Winstead for a goal in the first half, and the Tigers defense held strong in a 1-0 victory against the Mavericks.
A season ago, the Newton-Conover boys soccer team made four shutouts against their opponents.
This season on the pitch, the Red Devils have recorded 15 shutouts in 23 games.
Newton-Conover aims for another one tonight when they host Central Academy in the third round of the 2A playoffs.