Mallard Creek Wins First State Championship
The Mallard Creek Mavericks came into tonight championship game as the state’s top ranked team. They didn’t take long to get things rolling tonight.
On their first drive they marched 73 yards in 9 plays, capped off by Jalen Samuels 19 yard touchdown run, Mavericks up 7 zip.
Mallard Creek would add a 31 yard field goal from Nathaniel Tilque to take a 10 nothing lead.
After a Wake Forest bad punt, Mallard Creek hands the ball off to Jaylen Samuels and he is in for his second touchdown of the game. Mavericks lead 17- nothing.
Wake Forest would get on the board in the second quarter, but Mallard Creek strikes quick. Samuels breaks free for a 62 yard score, he would rush for 98 yards on six carries in the first half. Mallard Creek up 24-7
The Mavericks offense wasn’t done scoring James Smith finds Samuels in the back of the end zone for a 12 yard strike and its 31 to 7.
Just before halftime The Mav’s Lawrence Pittman scores from 1 yard out and Mallard Creek leads 38 to 7 at the break.
Mallard Creek would add three more touchdowns in the second half as they win their first state title easily 59-21.
Mallard Creek running back Jaylen Samuels was named the game’s MVP, while quarterback James Smith was named outstanding offensive player and Ikeem Allen was the outstanding defensive player.
Crest Falls to Southern Durham
THE CREST CHARGERS, BACK IN THE STATE TITLE GAME FOR THE 3RD TIME IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS... BUT LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST STATE TITLE SINCE 2004.
THEY WERE JACKED UP AND READY FOR THIS ONE FROM THE START.
CREST 1ST POSSESSION,,, WHEN JALIN MOORE IN THE WILDCAT GOES UP THE MIDDLE, THEN BUSTS OUTSIDE AND TURNS ON THE JETS... HE IS FINALLY TAKEN DOWN NEAR THE SOUTHERN DURHAM 20. A 45-YARD GAIN ON 3RD DOWN.
THAT DRIVE WOULD CULMINATE WITH TRE HARBISON TAKING IN OVER FROM 2-YARDS OUT, TOUCHDOWN CREST, THE CHARGERS TAKE THE LEAD 7-0.
NEXT POSSESSION ALMOST THE SAME DEAL, JALIN MOORE OUT OF THE WILDCAT, THIS TIME HE SCORES FROM 5-YARDS OUT, TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS, THEY LEAD 14-0 IN THE 1ST QUARTER.
2ND QUARTER NOW,, CHARGERS STAYING IN THE WILDCAT EXCLUSIVELY AND TRE HARBISON TAKES THE HANDOFF AND BUSTS FREE FOR A BIG GAIN, NEARLY SCORING, GOING DOWN AT THE 1.
A FEW PLAYS LATER IT'S JALIN MOORE GOING IN FROM A YARD OUT, TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS, THEY WOULD LEAD 21-0... AND LEAD 21-7
Second half and Southern Durham came out a totally different team, here Toney Bass goes around end, and just stretches inside the pilon, touchdown Southern Durham they take the lead 24-21.
Crest would answer, Tre Harbison from 12-yards out and crest is back in front 28-24
Southern Durham was clicking on all cylinders, Kendall Hinton hits Maurice Trowell on the crossing route, he breaks a tackle and lunges into the end zone for the score. Southern Durham now leads
Crest would drive down the field, and with 1:00 left, Alex Trejo drills a 40-Yard field goal, Crest leads 31-30 with 1:08 left in the game.
On Southern Durham 1st play from their 20, Kendall Hinton heaves one deep, and Jordan Brown runs under it and scampers into the end zone, and SOUTHERN DURHAM PULLS OUT A SHOCKER 38-31 FINAL.
A HEART BREAKER FOR CREST.
Shelby wins 2-A championship
The Shelby Golden Lions showed up at Kenan Stadium with a definite swagger, a state title on the line with perennial power Southwest Onslow.
The Golden Lions doing their traditional pile up before the game as they were pumped up and ready to go!
1st quarter 3-0 Shelby, when Onslow strikes, off the play action, Jonathan Wlliams rolls out and throws deep to J'veon Walkerm, the Shelby defender misplays the ball and Walker hauls it in and walks into the end zone, the Stallions lead 7-3.
Then Shelby responds R.J. George throws the fade to Michael Gullate, for the touchdown Shelby back in front 10-7.
Then on Southwest's next possession, Darquez lee blocks the punt, setting up the Golden Lions on the 4. They would turn that into a field goal and lead 13-7 in the 2nd quarter.
Then the next time the lions got the ball, they marched right down the field. Raekwon Washington finishes off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown and the lions could sense it, leading 20-7.
Then Onlsow with issues punting again, another block as he punts it into the line, Shelby recovers at the Onslow 1-yard line
They would punch that in for a touchdown, Chad Reid takes it right up the middle, Shelby leads 27-7.
After another blocked punt, add a safety to make the final score Shelby 29 Southwest Onslow 7.
The Golden Lions are the 2-state champions!
Concord falls a yard short of a state title
Down in Raleigh this morning the Concord Spiders and Havelock Rams meet for the second consecutive year to determine who wins the 3-a championship.
Things were looking good for the spiders early on Alex Maganda boots a 27 yard field goal to give Concord a 3 nothing lead.
In the second quarter Concord's Rocky Reid broke free down the sidelines for a 55 yard touchdown run to give the spiders a 10 nothing lead. Reid rushed for 218 yards on 41 carries.
Havelock responded on two, Derrell Scott touchdowns to give the rams a 14-10 halftime lead.
This game would get interesting in the third quarter. Concord has the ball on Havelock’s 8 yard line staring at a 4th down. Keenan Black rolls out and finds Logan Sedegren open but the pass goes through Sedregren’s hands and its Havelock’s ball.
The rams answer quickly, Derrell Scott takes the hand off up the middle and he is barley touched as he goes 97 yards to give Havelock a 21-10 lead.
Concord would drive right back down the field but on 2nd and 5 Black scrambles away from the pressure but fumbles the ball and Havelock recovers.
The spiders defense comes up with a fourth down stop which leads to a 45 yard field goal by Alex Maganda to make it a one possession game, 21-13 Havelock.
Concord forces another turnover on downs and has good field position at the rams 39 yard line.
The spiders have a 4th and 1 at the Havelock 19, Keenan Black keeps it and gets a good push by his offensive line and picks up the first down.
The game would come down to one play, 15 seconds left in the game, Black looks to pass but is forced to scramble and comes up just a yard short of the endzone.
Concord falls 21-13 in a heartbreaking loss.
Monroe Loses a heartbreaker to TW Andrews
Friday night in Chapel Hill with the 13-2 Monroe Redhawks taking on 13-1 TW Andrews out of High Point, North Carolina.
On Monroe’s opening possession the Redhawks drove 78 yards in 10 plays, capped off by Big 22 player Tre’Shun Wynn’s 4-yard touchdown run.
Monroe’s Zephaniah Wall found Isaiah Thomas for the two-point conversion as the Redhawks go up 8-0.
This game was a defensive battle for most of the first half until Andrews found the end zone on a Lamar Raynard pass to Dequan Wade with 29 seconds left before halftime.
The Red Raiders failed on their two point conversion and Monroe went into halftime with an 8-6 lead.
In the second half, Andrews scored on the opening drive when Raynard hit Justin Lea on a 28-yard pass putting the Red Raiders up 12 to 8.
It would stay that way until the fourth quarter when Monroe’s Chase Bryum’s 12-yard touchdown run capped off a five-play, 57-yard drive and the Redhawks went back on top 14-12.
Later in the fourth, Andrews had it third and seven on their own 47 yard line with Monroe looking to stop them, but there is a flag on the play as Monroe was called for a pass interference giving the Red Raiders a new set up downs.
On the next play, Andrews would take the lead when Raynard connected with Carlos Manning for 38 yards as Andrews took an 18-14 lead with just a minute to play.
Monroe would start their last drive on their 21 yard line and moved the ball to the Red Raiders 32 yard line.
With just three seconds left on the clock, Monroe’s quarterback Zephaniah Wall gets sacked by Devon Underwood as the Redhawks fell in a heart breaker 18-14.
After the game Monroe head coach Johnny Sowell was at a loss for words.
“Kids fought hard all night both teams did, not a lot to say right now, just tough loss kids left it on the field, came down to the last play, last second,” he said.