From left, Nathan McKoy, Wyatt Avery, James Shaw and Deandre Smith walk to midfield for the captains' meeting during an NCHSAA football playoffs contest in Jacksonville on Nov. 18. The 28th-seeded Hawks (8-5) travel to No. 1 Northern Nash (13-0) Friday.

ERWIN — If there’s one thing 28th-seeded Triton (8-5) has proved to anyone bothering to pay attention this month, a fourth-round matchup at undefeated Northern Nash (13-0) Friday won’t be reason for trepidation.

Ben Penny’s program-history-making bunch has already knocked off the 3A East’s fifth, 21st and 20th seeds during the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football playoffs.

Donnell Coley can be reached at or 910-230-2040.

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