Polk County will open the 2A state playoffs with a trip to Maiden per brackets released Saturday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The Wolverines (5-5) received the 28th seed in the 2A West bracket and will journey to face the fifth-seeded Blue Devils (9-1) for the 7:30 p.m. playoff opener.
Maiden won the Catawba Valley Conference regular-season title. The Blue Devils last faced Polk County in 2011, taking a 41-27 victory.
The game will feature a matchup of Shrine Bowl selections in Polk County’s Angus Weaver and Maiden’s Chris Culliver, a wide receiver/defensive back who has verbally committed to North Carolina.
Prior to Friday’s 47-13 win over Newton-Conover, Culliver had caught 52 passes for 1,123 yards anad 16 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Wesley Thompson has thrown for 2,230 yards and 26 touchdowns on 118-of-181 attempts, with senior Jacob Sigmon catching 33 passes for 422 yards.
Maiden also has a 1,000-yard rusher in senior Ben Gibbs (168-1050-13).
Mountain Foothills 7 Conference champion Chase received the eighth seed and will host North Wilkes while Hendersonville earned the 15th seed and will host West Lincoln.
Brevard, which defeated Polk County 31-27 on Friday, received the 27th seed and will travel to Salisbury.