↑ Victory Christian: Kings won its second state title in three years, beating Rabun Gap at home.
↑ York: Advanced to S.C. state semifinals Friday and will play at Greenwood next Friday. York rallied to beat River Bluff 33-28.
↑ Providence: Playing without starting QB Caleb York (broken collarbone), the Panthers upset overall No. 1 4AA seed East Forsyth 24-21 on the road.
Never miss a local story.
↑ Mecklenburg County football: There are eight teams left in the Class 4A Western playoffs. Six are from Mecklenburg County. Next week, the 4AA West regional semifinals are Providence at Mallard Creek, and Hough at Lake Norman. In 4A, it’s Rocky River at Vance and Charlotte Catholic at Winston-Salem Reagan.
Friday’s Top Performers
Jaquan Brooks, South Point: 13 carries for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-21 upset over previously unbeaten Concord.
Bishop Ford, Hough: 26 carries for 189 yards and two scores for Hough, which beat Independence 42-29. In its first 12 games, Independence had shut out seven teams and allowed 85 points.
Elijah Jett, Rocky River: 33 carries for 168 yards in a 26-14 win over Mount Tabor.
Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman: Ran for 247 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-26 win over Ardrey Kell. Ladowski now has 12,618 career yards in total offense and moved past Burlington Cummings’ Ernest Tinnin (12,310 from 1990-93) into second place in N.C. High School Athletic Association. Independence QB Chris Leak (16,590 from 1999-02) is No. 1.
Ryan Miller, Charlotte Catholic: 11 rushes for 196 yards and three touchdowns in an 49-17 win over High Point Central. Teammate Jaret Anderson rushed 19 times for 155 yards and had a 95-yard kickoff return for a score. Anderson scored three times.
Jacob Robinson, Davidson Day: three of the Patriots’ four interceptions in a 21-14 loss to SouthLake Christian in the N.C. Independent Schools Division II state championship game.
Providence 24, East Forsyth 21: The Panthers (10-3) lost their last two regular-season games and lost a shot at the SoMeck 8 championship. Last week, in the first round of the playoffs, the Panthers lost star QB Caleb York to a broken collarbone. Playing without him Friday at East Forsyth, the Panthers rallied from a 21-3 deficit to eliminate the overall No. 1 seed in the N.C. 4AA playoffs. Providence has tied the 1997 team for the second most wins in school history. The 2002 and ‘03 Panthers were both 11-3. Next week, Providence will play in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2003 at reigning N.C. 4AA state champ Mallard Creek.
Weddington 45, AC Reynolds 18: Weddington improved to 7-0 at home this season, stopping a team that was averaging nearly 60 points per game during a five-game win streak. Weddington, which will play at Asheville in the quarterfinals next week, has allowed only 28 points since losing 42-38 to Cuthbertson Oct. 17. In a five game win streak, Weddington has shut out three teams.
Crest 28, West Rowan 7: Crest (13-0) got 189 yards and four touchdowns from junior Tre Harbison to advance to next week’s quarterfinal round against Forestview.
East Lincoln 49, R-S Central 28: East Lincoln topped 40 points for the 10th straight week in an easy win. East will play county rival Lincolnton at home Friday in what should be a sold-out quarterfinal. Lincolnton, led by All-American Darian Roseboro, beat Parkwood 28-12. Lincolnton has won seven straight games since losing 49-27 at East Lincoln Oct. 4.
By The Numbers
0: in first quarter against Rock Hill South Pointe Friday, Belton Honea Path attempted seven rushes. It got zero yards. South Pointe had five interceptions and won 23-20 in overtime. South Pointe, which has forced 16 turnovers in its last three games, plays A.C. Flora in next week’s state semifinal.
334: Rushing yards by Mount Pleasant’s Cody Reece in the first half of Friday’s 42-14 win over North Rowan. That was a new school-record. Reece finished with 38 carries for 384 yards and five touchdowns.
12: Victory Christian’s Rashad Brannon got his 12th interception of the season in Friday’s win over Rabun Gap in the N.C. Independent Schools Division III state final.