ER, Providence Grove, SWR to open football playoffs at home

ASHEBORO — Three football teams from Randolph County will play in home games to begin the state playoffs, though one of them will have to wait an extra week before playing.

Undefeated Eastern Randolph (9-0) is the No. 1 seed for the Class 1-A West Region, receiving a bye to the second week of the playoffs. That’s when the Wildcats will be slated for a home game Nov. 12 against the Draughn / Elkin winner.

Eighth-seeded Providence Grove (8-2) and 16th-seeded Southwestern Randolph (8-2) will open the Class 2-A states at home Friday night.

Providence Grove takes on No. 25 seed Forest Hills. The winner will advance to the winner of the Community School of Davidson / East Gaston game. Providence Grove will be home again if it wins its first playoff game.

Southwestern Randolph is home against No. 17 seed Polk County. The winner will face either top-seeded Shelby or 32ndseeded Black Mountain Owen in the second round.

Randleman (4-6) made the field as the No. 29 seed in the West Region. The Tigers will go to fourth-seeded Reidsville (9-0), which has made 27 appearances in state championship games and has won state titles the past three seasons.

By Bob Sutton

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