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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman breaks free of a tackle by Butler Bulldogs (6) defensive back Cameron Spencer for a touchdown during first quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (5) wide receiver Vernon Grier holds the ball into the air as he runs into the end zone following a pass reception vs the Butler Bulldogs during second quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (72) defensive lineman Ikeem Allen and (47) linebacker Jeffrey Pegues sack Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff during first quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman rushes for yardage vs the Butler Bulldogs during first quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman is tackled by Butler Bulldogs (6) defensive back Cameron Spencer and (2) linebacker Jarrett Norman during first quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (22) defensive lineman Stephan Askew sacks Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff during second quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (7) quarterback James Smith rushes for yardage vs the Butler Bulldogs during first quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman rushes into the end zone for a touchdown vs the Butler Bulldogs during second quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman rushes into the end zone for a touchdown vs the Butler Bulldogs during second quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (Back to Camera) Mallard Creek Mavericks head coach Michael Palmieri speaks to his team following their victory over the Butler Bulldogs 56-14 in the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (Facing Camera) Mallard Creek Mavericks head coach Michael Palmieri receives a hug as the team begins to celebrate their victory over the Butler Bulldogs 56-14 during late fourth quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks head coach Michael Palmieri is doused with a bucket of water as the team begins to celebrate their victory over the Butler Bulldogs 56-14 during late fourth quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (Right) Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman hugs (27) tight end Jaylen Samuels as they celebrate the team's victory over the Butler Bulldogs 56-14 during late fourth quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (7) quarterback James Smith, (2) running back Lawrence Pittman and (47) linebacker Jeffrey Pegues celebrate the team's victory over the Butler Bulldogs 56-14 during late fourth quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman and (27) tight end Jaylen Samuels celebrate the team's victory over the Butler Bulldogs 56-14 during late fourth quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks head coach Michael Palmieri yells instructions to his team during fourth quarter action vs the Butler Bulldogs during N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Mavericks defeated the Bulldogs 56-14.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman continues to fight for yardage as Butler Bulldogs (23) defensive back Chris Clarke attempts to make the tackle during second quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (2) running back Lawrence Pittman runs for yardage vs the Butler Bulldogs during fourth quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Mavericks defeated the Bulldogs 56-14.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    The Mallard Creek Mavericks celebrate their victory over the Butler Bulldogs 56-14 in the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Mallard Creek Mavericks (27) tight end Jaylen Samuels rushes for yardage as the Butler Bulldogs tries to make the tackle during first quarter action of the N.C. 4AA Western Regional football championship game at Mallard Creek High School on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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    Charlotte Catholic runner Elijah Hood broke free on this 48-yard touchdown run against Dudley High School during Class 4-A regional final action in Greensboro, NC on December 4, 2013. (H. SCOTT HOFFMANN / News & Record)
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    Charlotte Catholic runner Jarrett Anderson cuts upfield past Dudley's Dwain Norcutt during Class 4-A regional final action in Greensboro, NC on December 4, 2013. (H. SCOTT HOFFMANN / News & Record)
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    Forestview running back Moe Neal, center, fights for yards as he is brought down by Concord's Jacob Abbot in the first half of the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord coach Glen D. Padgett argues a call in the first half as his team plays Forestview in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Forestview running back Moe Neal (21) tries to avoid the tackle by Concord defensive back James Williams in the first half of the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Forestview quarterback Logan Bradley passes against Concord in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord running back Rocky Reid, right, rushes in the first quarter against Forestview in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord running back Rocky Reid rushes for a first down in the first quarter against Forestview in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord wide receiver Myles Neils (6) heads for the end zone to score in the first quarter against Forestview in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord wide receiver Myles Neils (6) heads for the end zone to score after a reception in the second quarter against Forestview in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord quarterback Kennan Black rushes for a touchdown against Forestview in the first half in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Forestview head coach Chris Medlin encourages defensive end Xzavier Davis during a break in the action against Concord in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord's Jerry Burk finds running room against Forestview in the second quarter of the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Forestview quarterback Logan Bradley (7) is sacked by Concord in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Concord wide receiver Myles Neils (6) celebrates with teammate Drew Yoos after Neils scored in the second quarter against Forestview in the N.C. 3A Western Regional football championship Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Concord, N.C. (Nell Redmond photo)
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