Both teams have been in the making for the past three years, both teams are lead by Division I-A prospects, and both teams sport undefeated records. Something has got to give.
However, both teams will take different paths to Kenan Stadium.
Davie, which is lead by two ACC commits QB/DB James “Cooter” Arnold (North Carolina) and TE Ted Randolph (Wake Forest), are easily the odds on favorite to take the West, with their only real challenge coming in the West Finals against Jack Britt. And the War Eagles, who are 11-0, should easily defeat the Buccaneers.
On the other hand, Rocky Mount, a number two seed despite owning a 10-0 record and a win over powerhouse New Bern, should host defending East Champions Rose and travel to East Wake (10-0) to take on the Warriors.
The East Wake-Rocky Mount game has the potential to be a shootout, while also replicating the emotional and epic 36-35 overtime Gryphon win over New Bern.
Both teams are led by powerful offenses which include two of North Carolina’s best quarterbacks (Terrell Hudgins and Calvin Harris) transforming this game to basketball on grass. The combination of the Gryphon offense outlasting its opponent’s offense and the defense creation of turnovers will buy Rocky Mount a ticket to Chapel Hill.
What will start out as a close game will soon turn into a blow out in the end. Davie is too balanced of a team on both offense and defense to not handily defeat Rocky Mount, who relies primarily on a high powered offense.
A D.J. Rice run defense should limit yards on the ground, while an Arnold pass defense shuts down a Hudgin’s air attack. Cooter’s overall playmaking ability on both offense (1,896 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns) and defense (8 interceptions) should provide the points to bring a 4A State Title to Mocksville.
Championship Game: Davie 35 Rocky Mount 14
West Final: Davie 17 Britt 7
East Final: Rocky Mount 49 East Wake 42
Sleeper Team: Rose
Top 5 Best Potential Match-ups:
Rocky Mount vs. East Wake
Davie vs. Britt
Davie vs. Rocky Mount
East Wake vs. E.E. Smith
Davie vs. East Wake