David Bayha threw three touchdown passes to help Weddington beat Eastern Guilford 33-20 Saturday for the 3AA N.C. High School Athletic Association football championship.
Bayha was named the game’s most valuable player for the Warriors (13-3), throwing for 183 yards and running for 74. It was the program’s first state title and second trip to a championship game.
Denzel Patton and Chase Randolph each ran for scores, with Weddington scoring 26 unanswered points after trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter. James Shipley, Max Brimigion and Richie Laughlin had touchdown catches for the Warriors.
Weddington started the season 1-3 but closed the year with 12 straight wins.
Bryant Barr ran for 92 yards and a touchdown to lead Eastern Guilford (15-1), which made its first appearance in a state final.
South Point 16, Rocky Mount 7: In Winston-Salem, junior fullback Jake Alexander rushed for 135 yards on 28 carries as the Red Raiders (12-4) held off the Gryphones (13-3) for the N.C. 3A championship, the school’s fourth state title.
Alexander, who finished the season with 1,804 yards rushing, was voted the game’s most valuable player.
Red Raiders kicker Thomas Lempereur added field goals of 29, 36 and 25 yards.
South Point, which started the season 2-4, avenged last season’s title loss to Rocky Mount, which won 24-21 in overtime.
Shelby 28, Northside-Jacksonville 6: In Raleigh, running back Juwan Sims rushed for 152 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown on his first carry, to power to the Lions (16-0) to the N.C. 2AA football championship, their fourth consecutive state title.
Quarterback Malik Sarratt Sarratt was chosen Shelby’s most outstanding offensive player after completing 10 of 19 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 24 yards.
Linebacker Dax Hollifield was chosen most outstanding defensive player for the Lions. He had 16 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Northside-Jacksonville finished 12-4.
North Carolina 17, South Carolina 10: Former Myers Park High quarterback Jack Davidson’s touchdown pass to Thomas Hennigan (Northwest Guilford) with 20 seconds led North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in Spartanburg.
The winning score was set up by a pass interference call on South Carolina that gave North Carolina a first down at the South Carolina 18.
South Carolina led for most of the game after forcing a fumble on North Carolina’s opening drive and getting a 33-yard field goal from Henis Dawson (River Bluff High).
Jackson Williamson (Westside HIgh) then threw a 43-yard touchdown to Shiyun Smith (Union) to put South Carolina ahead 10-0 with 5 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first quarter.
Davidson tied the game at 10 early in the fourth quarter with a 7-yard touchdown throw to Darius Pinnix (Western Alamance).
Saturday’s N.C. finals
4AA: Wake Forest 29, Greensboro Page 0
4A: Greensboro Dudley vs. Fayetteville Cape Fear, late
3AA:Weddington 33, Eastern Guilford 20
3A: South Point 16, Rocky Mount 7
2AA: Shelby 28, Jacksonville Northside 6
2A: Reidsville vs. Edenton Holmes, late
1AA: Wallace-Rose Hill 30, West Montgomery 7
1A: Murphy 15, Plymouth 14