The SouthWest Edgecombe football team finds itself in a familiar situation.
The Cougars will be playing for another Eastern Plains Conference championship. SWE demolished conference opponent North Johnston, 48-0, on Thursday in what was the team’s final game in Pinetops.
The Cougars began fast and poured on touchdowns. They held a 42-0 lead at halftime; The margin was enough for the second half to be played with a running clock.
A 20-0 lead after the first quarter was sparked by running back DeMari Mabry, who scored touchdowns on each of his first two carries.
Next up: Wilson Beddingfield.
SWE will play the Bruins for the Eastern Plains Conference title and the automatic playoff bid that comes with it against at 6 p.m. on Friday.
SWE has won outright or held at least a shared conference title in each of the previous four seasons, since a third-place finish in the 15-16 season.
To claim another title would mean defeating Beddingfield and its high-scoring offense. The Bruins have scored a conference-leading 280 points this season while allowing the fewest of any team at 105 points.
The Cougars have scored 179 points in the past four games — all wins — after not scoring in two losses to start the season.
Like the Cougars, Beddingfield lost the first two games of its season before winning four straight including Thursday’s 78-30 victory over Farmville Central.