Playoffs: A.L. Brown vs. South Point
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Bracket: 3AA West
Seeds: No. 7 Belmont South Point Red Raiders vs. No. 3 A.L. Brown Wonders
Records: Both are 11-2
Head coaches: South Point: John Devine; A.L. Brown: Ron Massey (108-29 in 10 years at A.L. Brown, 193-80-3 overall)
South Point offense: 32.1 ppg
South Point defense: 14.9 ppg
A.L. Brown offense: 36.2 ppg
A.L. Brown defense: 15.8 ppg
South Point vs. winning teams: 4-2 (includes loss to Clover, S.C.)
Brown vs. winning teams: 4-1
South Point on the road: 5-1
A.L. Brown at home: 7-1
Who beat South Point? Besides losing its opener to Clover, South Point lost its first meeting at league foe Forestview 21-20. The Red Raiders beat Forestview last week.
Who beat A.L. Brown? Neighbors Concord and South Rowan
Series: 2-2. Wonders won second-round playoff game in 1992; South Point won 2000 second-round game (Massey’s first year at Brown) in double overtime. Teams split regular-season meetings in 2001-02, with South Point rushing for 375 yards and thumping the Wonders 56-17 in 2002. South Point scored 42 unanswered points in that one.
Next week: The winner travels to No. 1 Northern Guilford or plays host to No. 12 Anson
Game notes: South Point’s redbone triple-option offense features fullback Aaron Crumbley (83 career TDs, 184 rushing yards last week) and QB Josh Justice (97 rushing yards last week). Brown’s defense has to play disciplined, assignment football against one of the state’s best running attacks. Brown got giant efforts from FB Antwoine Jordan, QB Martel Campbell and PK Brenden Brown last Friday and needs a repeat. ó Mike London