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Chatham football teams start playoffs at home

Posted Sunday, November 6, 2005

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Chatham Central (5-5) was given a No. 6 seed in the 1-A West bracket and will host 11th-seeded Robbinsville (3-7) in the first home state football tournament game in Chatham Central history. Northwood (7-3) was given a No. 7 seed in the 2-AA East bracket and will host No. 10 Warren County (6-4) while Jordan Matthews (6-4), as a No. 8 seed, will host Albemarle (6-4), which was granted a No. 9 seed in the 1-AA West tournament.

The Chatham Central Bears, who reached the second round of the state tournament for the first time in school history a year ago, set another school record Saturday when the brackets were revealed.

Should the Bears advance, they would play the winner of the game between third-seeded Union (7-3) and No. 14 Lakewood (3-7).

Northwood, which clinched at least a share of a conference championship for the first time since 1972, took the second seed out of the Mid-State Conference and turned it into a home date with Warren County.

Cummings, which tied Cedar Ridge and Northwood for the league title but was just 4-7 overall, drew the third slot out of the Mid-State at a conference meeting Thursday and was given a No. 12 seed in the East bracket of the 2-AA tournament.

Northwood's only league loss came to Cedar Ridge (8-2), a team that could be looming in the second round after getting a No. 2 seed and a game against No. 15 Swansboro.

Jordan-Matthews, which enters the 1-AA tournament having won three straight games, finished third in the Yadkin Valley Conference. For that, the Jets got a home game in the first round, but also a meeting with perennial powerhouse Albemarle (6-4), which won three-straight state championships before last year.

Should Jordan-Matthews advance, it would likely face top-seeded, defending state champion and Yadkin Valley foe Thomasville (10-0), which plays 16th-seeded South Stokes (2-8). The Jets lost just 14-7 to Thomasville on Oct. 14.


Related info:
2005 NCHSAA Football Playoff Brackets

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