BEAUFORT — The 1A/2A Coastal 8 Conference clash between Croatan and East Carteret is finally on the county’s doorstep.

The Mariners (3-7 overall) will host the Cougars (8-2) in Beaufort Friday for both teams’ final regular season game. It will be the final county matchup of the year and a chance for Croatan to nab the coveted “county crown” after already defeating West Carteret 26-20 on Oct. 4.

Dubbed the “Blizzard Bowl,” winners of the contest will be treated afterward to ice cream, courtesy of Dairy Queen in Morehead City. 

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MOREHEAD CITY — West Carteret will host Swansboro on Friday in the regular season finale for both teams.

Both teams come into the contest 1-3 in the 3A Coastal Conference, with the Pirates (6-4 overall) a cut above the Patriots (3-7) in terms of overall record.

West is coming off a 48-7 loss to Northside-Jacksonville last week, while Swansboro comes in after a 45-6 loss to Havelock.

The 3A Coastal has been unkind to both programs this season, with the Patriots getting outscored 167-41 by league opponents and the Pirates 140-71. Both teams’ only win came against White Oak, with West winning 17-14 on Oct. 25 and Swansboro rolling 44-0 on Oct. 11.

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PINETOWN — East Carteret’s Emy Cloutier wasn’t able to complete the four-year sweep Saturday at the cross country 1A east regional.

The senior grabbed the runner-up spot in 20 minutes, 50 seconds at Pinetown. She became the first Mariner to win a regional as a freshman and repeated as champion during the next two seasons.

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MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. High School Athletic Association released its boys soccer playoffs brackets Monday with unfavorable results for all three county teams.

Croatan (13-5-2 overall) and East Carteret (5-11) are both slated to hit the road, while West Carteret (10-11) missed the postseason altogether.

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