PCHS Wolverines head to Reidsville in football playoffsPublished 11:23pm Thursday, November 21, 2013
Polk County and Reidsville each put their long winning streaks on the line when the two teams meet tonight in Reidsville, in the second round of North Carolina High School Football Playoff action.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. Last week, the Wolverines trounced Madison, 45-13 in the first post-season round, while the Rams turned back Hendersonville, 50-20. Polk has won its last nine games, while Reidsville has won seven straight.
Polk head coach Bruce Ollis describes Reidsville as, “a very good team, with a lot of tradition and a lot of history. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
The Rams have also won several state titles.
The Wolverines and Rams have very similar offenses. Both can score lots of points. Reidsville has averaged 38.25 points per game this year, while the Wolverines have averaged just over 37.
“They have a talented quarterback, tailback and fullback, just like we do,” Ollis said.
Reidsville’s starting quarterback Divante William (No. 7 was listed as No. 14), matches up very well with Reece Schlabach, while their tailback Jayran Rankin (No. 32), and fullback Jawan Hammock (No. 23) have similar attributes as Jamal Tanner and Jordan Smith.
Ollis predicted, “It will probably come down to how well the defenses can slow down the offenses.”
As so often happens when two talented teams meet, it might also come down to who makes fewer mistakes, and who capitalizes better on the other team’s mistakes.