• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Whiteville might think it faces a mirror image in East Duplin when they face off in the fourth round of the 2-A State Playoffs on Friday night.

Both teams performed dramatically, coming from behind and playing a similar style of football.

“Close games,” said Whiteville coach JP Price. “That’s expected at this point in the playoffs.”

There are also many family and friendship angles.

Battle Holley is East Duplin’s trainer. His legendary father, Jack Holley, trained with Price’s father, Joey Price. The elder Holley and the elder Price both won multiple state championships at Wallace-Rose Hill.