It is a long and complicated story, but the Pine Forest Trojans, despite losing last week, will face New Hanover High School in Wilmington in the second round of the state playoffs. "They have a quarterback that can run all the over the place. They have a receiver going to Nebraska and they have two more that are going somewhere, they just haven't decided," said New Hanover head coach Kevin Motsinger. Hoggard High School will also be playing in Wilmington Friday night. The Vikings will host the Lumberton Pirates. Both squads are 8-4. Hoggard center Matthew Braswell said, "We're very excited. They're a good team. They have good defensive linemen and some others that we're excited about going up against." Lumberton utilizes a tricky misdirection offense. Ian Halkius is prepared though. "We're going to keep them off the board. If they can't score they won't win,” he said. West Brunswick also has a round 2 home playoff game. The Trojans will host Fayetteville Douglas Byrd. Undefeated East Bladen will host Louisburg. Last season East Bladen finished as a state runner-up. And the Pender Patriots will entertain Ayden-Grifton. We'll have highlights of these games on Friday's 5th Quarter Show on WWAY with even more coverage on the Coach's Corner on Sunday. Let's not forget about the teams that have to hit the road for round 2. Whiteville has a five-hour bus ride to Kitty Hawk. Whiteville will face First Flight High School. West Columbus has a long trip as well. The Vikings will travel to Mount Airy. Trask is in the same boat. They Titans have a four-hour bus ride to Gates County High School.
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