Two Sampson County teams continue on to fight another Friday night on the gridiron. Harrells Christian Academy will face Davidson Day for the state championship in Division II of the NCIHSAA and Lakewood will face Whiteville in the second round of the 1AA NCHSAA tourney.
The Crusaders won big, 57-20, against Christ School of Arden, last Friday and this advanced them to the state championship game. HCA is 9-3 on the season. DDS is 11-1.
Davidson Day is located near Cornelius at Lake Norman, just off U.S. 77 between Charlotte and Statesville.
These two teams met during the regular season and Harrells lost that round, 64-14. The Patriots had 422 yards passing and 323 yards rushing during that game, according to Maxpreps. The Crusaders ended the game with 218 rushing and 18 yards passing.
DDS quarterback Will Grier will be the Patriot the Crusaders want to shut down. Grier has a career total of 188 passing TDs, scoring 8 of those in their last playoff game against Hickory.
This is 3 more than the state record of 185 set by Chris Leak of Independence High School in Charlotte, according to Maxpreps.
The Crusaders and their fans must travel to Charlotte where the game will be played at Northside Christian Academy, 333 Jeremiah Blvd. Admission is $10 and game time is 7 p.m.
Lakewood (8-4) travels to Whiteville on Friday night to take on the Wolfpack at 7:30 p.m. The Wolfpack dropped from the 2A division to 1AA this year.
Whiteville’s record is 10-2 and 6-1. They are in a split 1A/2A conference and are co-champs with 2A South Columbus (6-1).
Whiteville lost the first game of the season, which was a non-conference game against North Brunswick, and the last game of the season, which was against 2A S. Columbus for the out-right conference title. In between the two losses, they had 9 straight victories.
To get to this spot, the Leopards brought down a tough Louisburg team on the Warriors home turf with a 14-34 score in the first round.