LAURINBURG — The 4A West Region is going to feel a lot like the “Wild West” starting Friday.
Several of the state’s premier programs, including Scotland, are featured in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association west bracket. The seedings and first-round pairings were announced by the NCHSAA Saturday afternoon.
The Scots, who defeated Richmond Senior 28-21 Friday night to secure their fifth straight Southeastern Conference championship, will be a No. 2 seed and are set to host No. 15 Davie next week at Pate Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The win over its arch-rival sealed Scotland’s third undefeated regular season in five years. The Scots also had an unblemished record in 2011 on their way to the program’s first state championship, and were perfect in 2013 before falling to Dudley in the state title game.
Scotland was shipped out west this year after playing in the East Region last season, and Richard Bailey’s squad will face a challenging road to Winston-Salem.
The Scots’ opening-round opponent, Davie, finished 5-6 under coach Holman DeVore. The War Eagles placed fourth in the Central Piedmont Conference with a 3-3 record and enter the contest against Scotland riding a two-game win streak.
Should the Scots get by the War Eagles, they would play the winner of the North Davidson-Southeast Guilford tilt. North Davidson is the No. 7 seed after finishing 10-1, and they are coached by Mark Holcomb. Southeast Guilford (8-3) is a No. 7 seed and are helmed by Walter Hessenthaler.
No. 3 and undefeated Catholic is also on Scotland’s side of the bracket as is No. 14 Vance and regional foe No. 11 Seventy-First.
Dudley was tabbed as the No. 1 seed in the 4A West Region. The Panthers finished with a 10-1 mark, but took advantage of the NCHSAA rule that allows teams to drop one non-conference game off its record.
Two other teams from the SEC qualified for the state playoffs — Richmond and Lumberton. Pinecrest, the original No. 3 seed in the conference, forfeited eight of its nine wins due to rules violations.
The Raiders were selected as a No. 7 seed in the 4AA East after finishing 9-2 and will host No. 10 Holly Springs. The Golden Hawks are 7-4 and finished third in the Southwest Wake Conference.
The Pirates, who were on the playoff bubble entering Friday’s action, earned the SEC’s automatic bid after Pinecrest was disqualified. Lumberton is 5-6 this season and are a No. 11 seed in the 4AA East. Mike Setzer’s team is set to travel to Greensboro play No. 6 Page. Page is 9-2 and placed second in the All-Metro Conference.
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