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Richmond County 38, Fayetteville Britt 35
Richmond County rallies to win 4-AA title
CHAPEL HILL (AP) — In a wild game of comebacks between Richmond County and Fayetteville Britt, the final one was the most improbable.
Tedarrious Wiley threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns to help Richmond County beat Fayetteville Britt 38-35 on Sunday in the Class 4-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
Wiley completed 20 of 25 passes and earned MVP honors on Sunday for the Raiders (12-3-1), who trailed 35-24 with just over five minutes remaining before scoring a touchdown, recovering a fumble and going ahead on Wiley’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Lovell Joy with 53 seconds left.
“Definitely Raider Magic is alive and well tonight,” Richmond coach Paul Hoggard said of the phrase associated with Richmond, which won its seventh championship.
Wiley rushed for 68 yards and Gabe Love caught two touchdown passes and had 112 receiving yards for Richmond, which won its seventh state title.
Everett Proctor threw for 215 yards and had 79- and 58-yard touchdown passes to Curtis Maheu. Tremale France ran for three scores for the Buccaneers (14-2), who are 0-2 in championship games.
Maheu’s 58-yard grab completed Britt’s second comeback from a 10-point deficit, putting the Bucaneers ahead 28-24 with 7:27 to play.
After a Richmond fumble on fourth down, France scored on a 23-yard run to put Britt up 35-24 with 5:20 remaining. It was his third touchdown.
Then craziness ensued. Wiley engineered a 65-yard drive that culminated with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Love, who had seven catches for 112 yards and two scores. Wiley’s two-point conversion throw to Joy (five catches, 103 yards) cut Britt’s lead to 35-32 with 2:19 remaining.
The Raiders’ onside kick hit a number of players before Britt recovered it. But on the ensuing play, Britt’s Eric Johnson fumbled and Richmond’s Justin Jackson recovered.
“We ran the same play we’ve run all night,” Britt coach Richard Bailey said. “We’ve run that play all year, and I bet we haven’t fumbled an exchange in three times of 400 times running that play.”
Wiley then lobbed a 43-yard jump ball to Joy, who came down with it on the Britt 15. Five plays later, Wiley found Joy on a screen pass for the winning score.
“Our team had a whole lot of confidence and we never gave up,” Wiley said. “We just kept playing.”
Richmond, which is 9-0 all-time against Britt including a 21-15 win on Sept. 27, had 428 total yards to 382 for Britt.
Thomasville 42, East Bladen 13
Hinson-Braddy, Thomasville beat East Bladen 42-13
RALEIGH (AP) — John Hinson-Braddy ran circles around East Bladen all night. Appropriately, a touchdown run featuring two 360-degree spins got him started.
John Hinson-Braddy rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns to help Thomasville beat East Bladen 42-13 in the Class 1-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship Saturday.
Hinson-Braddy earned MVP honors for the Bulldogs (16-0), who jumped out to a 21-0 lead. D.J. McLendon added nine receptions for 179 yards and two scores for Thomasville, while Chris Brooks completed 10 of 12 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Hinson-Braddy spun out of a pair of tackles on a 28-yard scoring run on the Bulldogs’ first possession, setting the tone as Thomasville won its fourth state title in the last five years.
Greensboro Dudley repeats as 3-AA state champions
Greensboro Dudley 34, Kannapolis Brown 18
WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — J.R. Peterson and Ricky Lewis each ran for two touchdowns and Greensboro Dudley won its second straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-AA state title with a 34-18 victory against Kannapolis Brown.
The Panthers (16-0), on a 21-game winning streak, compiled 355 rushing yards and 1 yard passing, on one attempt Saturday. Lewis won his second straight most valuable player title with 164 yards rushing. Peterson finished with 149 for Dudley, which intercepted Jamill Lott twice and sacked him five times.
Lott passed for 163 yards and touchdowns to Colby Reid and Zach Massey for the Wonders (13-4), who last won a state title in 1997.
It was Dudley’s fourth state-final appearances in seven years.
Mount Airy wins 1-A state championship
Mount Airy 37, Williamston 14
RALEIGH (AP) — Aaron Wheeler rushed for a touchdown and passed for another score Saturday as Mount Airy won its first state championship in 60 years, 37-14, over Williamston in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association title game.
Wheeler earned MVP honors for the Granite Bears (16-0), who came back from a 14-0 deficit to take their first title since 1948. Wheeler completed 9 of 15 passes for 124 yards and rushed 12 times for 101 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put Mount Airy ahead 17-14.
West Rowan wins Class 3-A state championship 35-7
West Rowan 35, West Craven 7
WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Kevin Parks rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns, including an 81-yard score on West Rowan’s first play, to lead the Falcons to a 35-7 victory against West Craven in the North Carolina High School Association 3A football championship at Wake Forest.
B.J. Sherrill passed for 52 yards and ran for 48 Saturday for West Rowan (15-1), which intercepted four Brett Mooring passes in its first state final. Parks was named the most valuable player.
Mooring passed for 224 yards for the Eagles (15-1), who lost in coach Clay Jordan’s final game and West Craven’s first state final.
Sherrill scored on a 52-yard run for West Rowan, which led 35-0 in the fourth on Jon Cruitti’s 10-yard scoring pass. Mooring hit Erik Highsmith on a 3-yard pass for West Craven’s score.
Reidsville wins Class 2-AA state championship 24-7
Reidsville 24, East Lincoln 7
RALEIGH (AP) — Tyrell Houghton rushed for a touchdown and passed for another score to lead Reidsville past East Lincoln 24-7 in the Class 2-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
Defensive lineman Damien Lee earned MVP honors for the Rams (16-0), who won their second state title in a row Saturday. Lee tallied 10 tackles as Reidsville held East Lincoln to 177 total yards.
Houghton ran for a 17-yard touchdown to tie the score at seven in the second quarter. He threw a 25-yard scoring pass to E.J. Foster on the first drive of the third quarter to put Reidsville ahead for good.
Preston Perry intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble for the Mustangs (14-2), who were held scoreless after getting a touchdown on their opening drive.
Fayetteville 71st wins 4-A state championship
Fayetteville 71st 28, Fayetteville Douglas Byrd 7
CHAPEL HILL(AP) — James Hopper rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns to help Fayetteville 71st beat Fayetteville Douglas Byrd 28-7 in the Class 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
Hopper earned MVP honors for the Falcons (14-2), who closed the season with six consecutive wins for their second championship and defeated the Eagles (13-4) for the second time. Both teams play in the Mid-Southeastern Conference.
Maurice Scruggs added 76 rushing yards for the Falcons, who compiled 278 total yards — all on the ground — and never trailed.
Malcolm Rowe rushed for 53 yards and the lone score for the Eagles, who racked up 223 total yards but had five turnovers and are 0-6 in state-championship games.
Newton-Conover beats Tarboro 51-28 for 2-A title (Friday)
CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Dorian Jones ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns to help Newton-Conover beat Tarboro 51-28 in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship on Friday night.
Jones earned MVP honors for the Red Devils (15-1), who closed the season with eight straight wins.
Newton-Conover won its first state championship in two tries. The Red Devils lost 14-13 to Southwest Onslow in 2000.
Josh Thompson added 106 rushing yards and a score for the Red Devils, who never trailed and broke open a 7-7 game with two touchdowns late in the second quarter to take a 21-7 halftime lead over the Vikings (14-2). Jordon Hill and Joseph Bryant both returned third-quarter interceptions for scores for Newton-Conover, which scored 37 unanswered points.
The Red Devils finished the game with a 321-269 edge against the Vikings in total yardage.