Weddington made all the big plays when it had to against No. 16 Monroe on Friday night as the Warriors prevailed 36-22.
The biggest series of plays came with the Warriors clinging to a 28-22 lead with just under seven minutes remaining.
First, the Weddington defense stopped Monroe running back Chase Byrum on a fourth-and-1 from the Warriors 19-yard line.
Then , Weddington senior quarterback Jeff Welch led the offense down the field, with Welch finding Brooks McCament wide open for another touchdown for the final score.
Welch passed for 202 yards and four touchdowns, but it was a team effort for the Warriors.
Our defense is one of the best groups Ive ever been around; they just love to fly around and hit people and they got a huge stop for us, Weddingtoncoach Tim Carson said. That last drive for our offense was also big. We made the big plays when we had to have them.
Weddington (3-1) looked like it might run away with the game in the first half, as the Warriors jumped on the Redhawks early. Myles Moore intercepted Monroe quarterback Rahmaad Sturdivant on the first play from scrimmage.
Four plays later, Moore bulled his way up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
After a Monroe three-and-out, Weddington drove down the field again, this time capping it on Welchs 8-yard touchdown pass to Zach Goins.
Monroe (3-1) countered on the next play from scrimmage when Julius Stradford burst through the hole untouched for a 71-yard touchdown, making the score 14-8 after a two-point conversion.
But while the Redhawks offense sputtered, Weddington scored on two of its next three drives in the first half, both ending in touchdowns (27 and 38 yards) from Welch to senior wide receiver Ryan Black.
Our play-action pass was working great, Welch said. I think three of our four touchdown passes came on that.
But Monroe didnt give in. Stradford scored on a 10-yard run with 52 seconds left in the first half.
Monroe also forced a fumble on Weddingtons first possession of the second half and capitalized when quarterback Isaiah Thomas took a naked bootleg in for a 6-yard touchdown.
But the Redhawks didnt get any closer, as the stingy Weddington defense shut them out for the rest of the game.
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