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3A Playoff Preview

Velma Jackson Falcons at Charleston Tigers

This truly is a heavyweight matchup in the 3A North. Velma Jackson takes their 12-1 record into Charleston looking for their fourth game in a row to break the 50-point mark. They have been lights out on offense and have centered their attack around sophomore quarterback Antavious Willis and senior running back James Smith III. They have totaled nearly 4,000 yards of offense this season.

Charleston is looking to finally get over the hump. They have had the past two State Championship games won only to have them slip away in the games final seconds. This season they have been playing with a very experienced group led by Tre Truly and Billy Kimble.

Kemper County Wildcats at Raleigh Lions

Kemper has one of the most athletic groups in the state and it all stars with quarterback Eric Clark Jr. The senior has accounted for 53 touchdowns this season. Senior wide receiver DJ Clayton is approaching 90 receptions and 2,000 yards for the year and this duo along with the rest of the Wildcats do not show any signs of slowing down.

Raleigh plays old school ground and pound offense. This season they have done so with junior Kris Moncrief. The phenom has 1,911 yards on the ground with 26 scores. The Lions have only attempted 60 passes on the year but with nearly 70 touchdowns totaled on the ground, why put it up?

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