↑ Jackson VanSickle, Charlotte Christian: State champion punter committed to Virginia Tech Friday.
↑ Cody Reece, Mount Pleasant: Moved past 3,000 yards rushing in Friday’s 42-21 win over Swannanoa Owen.
↑ York: To play Spartanburg in one of the two S.C. 4A state championship games next week. Former Independence coach Tom Knotts’ Dutch Fork team to play Hillcrest in the other.
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↑ Charlotte Catholic: Beat Pfafftown Reagan 49-0 to earn first playoff shutout since beating Bandys 14-0 in 1985.
Friday’s top performers
Chauncery Bowman, Mallard Creek: 22 carries for 180 yards and two scores in a 49-21 win over Providence. Also caught a 14-yard TD pass.
Bishop Ford, Hough: Ran for 229 yards and two scores in a 52-42 loss to Lake Norman in the N.C. 4AA quarterfinals. QB Will Coleman threw for 205 yards and three scores, two to Corey Bell Jr.
Robert Johns, Mount Pleasant: Had an 82-yard kick return for a score and three interceptions in Friday’s 42-21 win over Swannanoa Owen.
Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman: Ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-42 win over Hough. Ladowski, a UNC baseball recruit, also threw for 146 yards and two scores. Corey Joyner caught both TD passes, which covered 49- and 19-yards.
Jarrett Schott, Lake Norman: Two fourth-quarter interceptions in win over Hough. Both set up scores in the Wildcats’ 52-42 win.
James Smith, Mallard Creek: rushed 13 times for 146 yards and a score in a 49-21 win over Providence. Completed 11-of-23 passes for 149 yards and three scores.
Donnovan Spencer, Vance: 151 yards and a score on 21 carries in a 21-14 win over Rocky River that sent Vance to its first regional championship game since 2010.
Charlotte Catholic 49, Pfafftown Reagan 0: Jaret Anderson scored three touchdowns rushing and Ryan Miller had two rushing and a one-handed catch in the end zone as Catholic won easily. Catholic’s defense held Reagan to less than 150 yards total offense and Catholic had three interceptions.
Catholic will play Vance in next week’s N.C. 4A regional championship at home.
“I’ve heard that Vance is very talented and coach (Aaron) Brand has done a good job with them,” Catholic coach Mike Brodowicz said. “He’s got them headed in the right direction. But we’re at home and playing pretty well. It’s a tough place to play at (Catholic). But you’re in the semis, man, and it comes down to who cannot turn the ball over really. The games we’ve lost is when we’ve lost the turnover battle.”
Mount Pleasant 42, Swannanoa Owen 21: Mount Pleasant got 246 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 35 carries from Cody Reece and advanced to its first regional final in 2007. Mount Pleasant, which beat the No. 1 overall western 2A seed, will play at Shelby, which beat Reidsville 17-7 Friday. Shelby, seeded third, is the reigning N.C. 2A state champ. And Shelby beat Mount Pleasant 17-0 in the 2007 regional championship game. For the season, Reece has 3,028 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns.
Crest 52, Foresview 7: Crest’s Tre Harbison broke the Cleveland County scoring record and Crest won easily to advance to the regional finals. Crest will try to reach the N.C. 3AA state final for the fourth time in five years. Crest lost in the 2010, 2011 and 2013 state finals. Forestview (11-3) finished with the most wins in school history.
Weddington 28, Asheville 23: Thanks to its defense, Weddington has a shot at a first state championship appearance. Up 28-21 with 7:03 to play, Weddington held on fourth and 1 at its 1. Later, after giving up a safety, Weddington’s defense again kept Asheville out of the end zone, batting away back-to-back passes to beat the No. 1 overall Western 3AA seed and advance.
East Lincoln 35, Lincolnton 14: East will try to reach its first state championship since 2012 and its third overall next week against Franklin, which beat Monroe 17-14, stopping the Redhawks inside its 20 with less than 60 seconds left Friday. East Lincoln advanced despite possessing the ball for just over nine minutes. Lincolnton had the ball for nearly 40 minutes – and lost.
By The Numbers
71: Mallard Creek scored 71 seconds into its 49-21 win over Providence in the N.C. 4AA Western regional semifinals.
3-3: South Pointe beat AC Flora 40-21 to advance to its third S.C. 3A finals appearances. South Point has played in the 3A class three times.
3: Three Mecklenburg County teams occupy the final four spots in the N.C. 4AA (Mallard Creek) and N.C. 4A (Charlotte Catholic, Vance) Western playoff brackets.