Football preview: East Rowan vs. South Brunswick
nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nBracket: 3A East
nSeeds: No. 11 South Brunswick Cougars at No. 6 East Rowan Mustangs
nRecords: South Brunswick 5-5; East Rowan 8-3
Massey ratings: (No. 218) South Brunswick vs. (No. 112) East Rowan
nHead coaches: South Brunswick: First-year coach Roman Kelley; East: Brian Hinson (3rd year, 16-18)
n SB offense: 19.3 ppg
n SB defense: 18.5 ppg
n East offense: 20.9 ppg
n East defense: 19.8 ppg
n SB vs. winning teams: 1-3
n East vs. winning teams: 2-3
n East at home: 3-3
n Cougars on the road: 2-3
n Who beat South Brunswick? Wilmington Ashley (4-7), West Brunswick (7-3, twice), North Brunswick (5-5), East Bladen (11-0)
Who beat East? Salisbury (7-4), West Rowan (11-0), South Rowan (9-2)nSeries: First meeting
nNext week: Winner takes on the Southern Guilford-Havelock winner
nGame notes: South Brunswick will be making a long trip to Granite Quarry. The school is in Southport, the area that includes Long Beach, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle. The Cougars were 10-4 as a 2A school in 2008 and reached the third round of the playoffs.
Based on power ratings, East received a favorable first-round draw. If it wins this game, being assigned to the East bracket could get tough travel-wise in a hurry. The likely second-round opponent is Havelock. That’s in the New Bern area.
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