Franklin, Cherokee Keep Rolling in the Playoffs; Swain’s Season Comes to a Close

Round 2 of the state high school football playoffs is now in the books.

The Franklin Panthers were able to continue their undefeated season with a 14-7 victory over the Pisgah Black Bears at the Panther Pit on Friday night. The victory moves the Panthers to 13-0 on the season, and sets up a 3rd round matchup against the 13-0 Hibriten Panthers in Lenoir. The winner in the Battle of the Panthers will play host to the winner of Shelby and Mount Pleasant in the 4th round.

The Cherokee Braves won big in the second round, as they dispatched the Union Academy Cardinals, 58-35 at Ray Kinsland Stadium. That sets up a 3rd round matchup between the 2 seeded Braves, and the 3 seeded Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons in Cherokee. The winner of the Braves – Gryphons game will then take on the winner of Mitchell and Robbinsville. If Mitchell wins, the winner of Cherokee and Thomas Jefferson will travel to Mitchell, while if Robbinsville wins, the winner of Cherokee and Thomas Jefferson will play host in the 4th round.

The Swain County Maroon Devils 2017 campaign came to a close in the second round, as they fell to Bessemer City, 26-21. The loss ended the road for Swain, who finished out the season with an 8-5 record.