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South Point falls to Rocky Mount in NC 3A championship football game

Rocky Mount kicker Chase Miller kicks the game winning field goal vs South Point in overtime of Friday’s NC 3A Championship game at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill. Rocky Mount defeated South Point 24-21.
Rocky Mount kicker Chase Miller kicks the game winning field goal vs South Point in overtime of Friday’s NC 3A Championship game at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill. Rocky Mount defeated South Point 24-21. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Chase Miller kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime and Rocky Mount beat South Point 24-21 Friday night in the Class 3A N.C. High School Athletic Association championship game.

B.J. Sanders returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and Nick Bynum rushed for two TDs for Rocky Mount (14-2).

Ryland Etherton rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns, and Diontre King had 139 yards rushing with a 27-yard TD for South Point (13-3), which came up empty in OT when Thomas Lampereur was wide left with a 22-yard field goal.

Rocky Mount rushed twice for seven yards on its overtime possession before bringing out Miller, whose kick gave the Gryphons their first state title since 1963.

Bynum’s 4-yard TD run with 3:06 remaining tied it at 21. South Point drove into Rocky Mount territory but Lampereur’s 44-yard field goal as time expired was wide left.

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