The final high school football playoff bracket has been released, and Pisgah is set to host Bunker Hill Friday in a first-round matchup.
The newly released bracket has Pisgah at No. 7 in 2A AA West, where it will play the No. 10 team from Catawba County, which sits at 6-5.
Prior to Saturday’s release of the playoff bracket, Pisgah beat Brevard Friday night in dramatic fashion. But after the Bears beat the Blue Devils to clinch a share of the Mountain Six title, the coaches from the three Mountain Six co-champions — Pisgah, Brevard and Smoky Mountain — literally pulled numbers out of a hat to determine how the teams would be seeded in the playoffs.
Brevard got one, Smoky Mountain got two and Pisgah got three.
Just after the drawing, head coach Brett Chappell wasn’t too worried about that outcome.
“The thing is for us, I’m not going to take anything away from what we accomplished with our kids,” he said. “That’s the least of my concerns tonight. We’re excited about what our team did tonight. We’re excited we won a good game against a good football team.”
Chappell added that his feelings about this game reflect the way he feels about his team’s ability to bounce back after losing the conference opener at home against Smoky Mountain.
“It’s good for our kids to come back and rally like they did,” he said.
And Saturday it was confirmed; fans will be able to see their beloved Bears cross that bridge at least one more time before taking on Bunker Hill at home. Chappell said he expected his team to get that seventh seed and the opportunity to host a playoff opener.
“It wasn’t a big deal that we drew third,” he said. “When we finished that that was the last of my concerns.”
Following Friday’s game, senior Hunter Cseledy said there was one reason in particular that he was excited to come away with a win.
“The big thing about winning was the possibility that we can have another home game, to have another game to walk across that bridge and play in this stadium,” Cseledy said.
Chappell echoed that sentiment Saturday after the bracket was finalized.
“It’s huge,” he said. “That’s one thing that we told our seniors as we walked down Friday. We wanted to give our kids something exciting to work toward other than just senior night and the conference championship. We figured if we got a win we’d be at home and if we got a loss we’d be on the road.”
Check Friday’s Mountaineer for a full preview of Pisgah’s game against Bunker Hill.