ROCKINGHAM — The NCHSAA 4AA State Playoff brackets, which used MaxPreps records and rankings to seed teams for the first time ever this year, didn’t show the Raiders as much favor the second time around.
When the original preliminary brackets were released Saturday morning, the Richmond football team was looking at a No. 5 seed in the East bracket and was scheduled to host No. 12 seeded E.A. Laney (7-4). The winner of that game would’ve traveled to Garner (7-4) in the second round.
But after realizing it had used older information, and receiving much criticism across social media, the NCHSAA removed the brackets from its website in order to make what turned out to be significant changes.
“NCHSAA has discovered it did not use most up-to-date information to post 4 seeding purposes. Brackets have been taken down & staff reseeding,” a tweet from the NCHSAA’s official Twitter account read.
The new premlinary brackets were released two hours later and were then confirmed a little after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Richmond (7-4) will now play as the No. 8 seed in the West bracket and will face No. 9 seed North Mecklenburg (8-3) next Friday. The winner will go on to face No. 1 seed Mallard Creek (11-0), who has a first-round bye.
The Raiders will be the only team from the Sandhills Athletic Conference competing in the 4AA West bracket, as both Pinecrest (7-4) and Jack Britt (6-5) will be playing in the 4AA East bracket as the No. 6 and 8 seeds, respectively.
The Patriots are set to host No. 11 Athens Drive (7-4) and the Buccaneers are scheduled to host No. 9 Millbrook (5-6).
In the 4A playoffs, the SAC will be represented by No. 1 Scotland (9-1), No. 9 Seventy-First (7-4) and No. 11 Purnell Swett (5-6) in the East bracket. The Scots will enjoy a first-round bye, while the Falcons will play at No. 8 Jordan (6-5) and the Rams will make the trip to No. 6 Heritage (10-1) on Friday.
Below are the final brackets for the 2017 NCHSAA 4AA and 4A State Playoffs:
No.1 Mallard Creek (11-0), BYE
No.8 Richmond (7-4) vs. No.9 North Mecklenburg (8-3)
No.5 Providence (8-3) vs. No.12 South Mecklenburg (2-9)
No.4 Page (10-1), BYE
No.3 Butler (8-2), BYE
No.6 Myers Park (10-1) vs. No.11 East Mecklenburg (5-6)
No.7 Hough (8-3) vs. No.10 Ardrey Kell (3-8)
No.2 West Forsyth (11-0), BYE
No. 1 Wake Forest (11-0), BYE
No. 8 Jack Britt (6-5) vs. No. 9 Millbrook (5-6)
No. 5 Middle Creek (8-3) vs. No. 12 Laney (7-4)
No. 4 Sanderson (8-3), BYE
No. 3 Garner (7-4), BYE
No. 6 Pinecrest (7-4) vs. No. 11 Athens Drive (7-4)
No. 7 Leesville Road (7-4) vs. No. 10 Fuquay-Varina (7-4)
No. 2 Green Hope (9-2), BYE
No. 1 Harding University (10-1), BYE
No. 8 Porter Ridge (7-4) vs. No. 9 Davie County (5-6)
No. 5 East Forsyth (7-4) vs. No. 12 Mooresville (4-7)
No. 4 West Mecklenburg (8-3), BYE
No. 3 Glenn (10-1), BYE
No. 6 Vance (8-3) vs. No. 11 R.J. Reynolds (6-5)
No. 7 Hickory Ridge (9-2) vs. No. 10 West Charlotte (5-6)
No. 2 South Caldwell (1-10), BYE
No. 1 Scotland (9-1), BYE
No. 8 Jordan (6-5) vs. No. 9 Seventy-First (8-3)
No. 5 Overhills (8-3) vs. No. 12 Knightdale (6-5)
No. 4 South Central (9-2), BYE
No. 3 Cardinal Gibbons (11-0), BYE
No. 6 Heritage (10-1) vs. No. 11 Purnell Swett (5-6)
No. 7 Ragsdale (7-4) vs. No. 10 South View (8-3)
No. 2 Hoggard (11-0), BYE
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