Raiders grab No. 8 seed in 4AA West bracket


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:

4AA WEST

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

4AA EAST

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

4A WEST

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

4A EAST

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

Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. at 910-817-2673 and follow the sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.

Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal The Richmond football team, the No. 8 seed in the West bracket, will host No. 9 North Mecklenburg in the first round of the NCHSAA 4AA State Playoffs on Friday. Originally, when the first preliminary brackets came out Saturday morning, the Raiders were looking at a No. 5 seed in the East.
http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_football-2.jpgLeon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal The Richmond football team, the No. 8 seed in the West bracket, will host No. 9 North Mecklenburg in the first round of the NCHSAA 4AA State Playoffs on Friday. Originally, when the first preliminary brackets came out Saturday morning, the Raiders were looking at a No. 5 seed in the East.
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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

lhargrove@yourdailyjournal.com

 

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