LOUISBURG -- Despite a nine-game losing streak, the Louisburg Warriors entered last Friday night's regular season football finale against rival Granville Central with playoff aspirations.
That's because LHS and GC are the only Class 1-A teams in the split 1/2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
That means one of the squads is guaranteed a playoff berth on the 1-A level -- and it would be whichever team could come away with a victory Friday at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
Louisburg hoped to gain that prestigious spot, but it wouldn't happen as Granville Central controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage en route to defeating the Warriors by a 35-0 margin.
LHS' campaign closes at 1-10 overall. The Warriors opened the year with a decision over KIPP Pride, but wouldn't be able to collect another conquest.
The Warriors, playing several younger performers along with dealing with some tough injuries, tried to stay close with the Panthers, but Granville Central's running game eventually wore down Coach Dontae Lassiter's Louisburg contingent.
Granville Central ended its regular season with a 5-6 overall record to go with a 3-5 ledger in the NCC.
Already ahead 28-0, the Panthers all but sealed the victory courtesy of a 1-yard plunge from Robert Fountain with 3:11 remaining in the fourth quarter of action.
After his initial miss was reversed due to a roughing the kicker infraction, Granville Central's Jacob Burnette tacked on the extra point for what would be the final points of the contest.
Louisburg's next series ended on downs, and the Panthers were able to run out the clock after regaining possession.
GC rushed for 271 yards in the quick game, led by DeAndre Moore with 106 yards on 15 attempts.
For LHS, the best news is that the Warriors had just seven seniors on their roster this fall -- and several skilled performers will be making the jump next season from Terrell Lane Middle School.
Granville Central earned a first-round bye for the Class 1-AA State Playoffs.
Pictured (Above): NOWHERE TO GO. Several Louisburg High School defenders team up to tackle Granville Central's Logan Wilson (with ball) in the fourth quarter of last Friday night's Northern Carolina Conference football meeting at Patterson Field on the LHS campus. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)