UP, Mallard Creek: Will play in third straight regional championship game next week, hunting first state championship berth. The Mavericks will host rival Butler in a rematch of the 2012 N.C. 4AA regional championship game.
UP, Rock Hill Northwestern: heading to state championship game for the fifth time in six seasons.
UP, Charlotte Catholic: made fourth straight regional final Friday.
UP, Butler: earned third regional final berth in four years.
Friday's Top Performers
Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic: Rushed for 372 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-30 win over Southeast Guilford in the N.C. 4A semifinals. Hood broke his own school-record of 360 yards he set last year. The rushing performance was second-most in Mecklenburg County history behind Providence Day’s Josh Covington.
Hood also set a new single-season county rushing record Friday with 3,541 yards, bettering his total of 3,309 set last year. No other county player has rushed for more than 2,603. The six rushing touchdowns ties a county mark. Hood’s 51 rushing touchdowns this season.
Lawrence Pittman, Mallard Creek: 9 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-13 win over Northwest Guilford in the N.C. 4AA regional semifinals. Teammate Jaylen Samuels had three rushing touchdowns, a pass reception for a score and a 67-yard punt return.
Anthony Ratliff, Butler: Threw for 178 yards and a touchdown and he ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-7 win over West Forsyth. Teammate Benny LeMay rushed 15 times for 99 yards and three scores.
Rocky Reid, Concord: 28 carries for 119 yards and a score in a 21-13 win over previously unbeaten South Point.
Mason Rudolph, Rock Hill Northwestern: completed 28-of-39 passes for 319 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-21 win over North Augusta in the S.C. 4A Division II semifinals. Northwestern had two receivers with 100 yards: Dupree Hart (9-124, 3 TDs) and Quadarious Fair (6-125, 1 TD).
Zephaniah Wall, Monroe: freshman QB had 149 yards passing and two touchdowns in a 34-13 win over East Lincoln in the N.C. 2AA quarterfinals. Teammate Chase Byrum rushed 30 times for 120 yards.
Butler 48, West Forsyth 7: West Forsyth scored on its first possession and grabbed a 7-0 lead and appeared poised to show why it was the No. 1 overall seed in the N.C. 4AA West bracket.
But Butler scored on its first possession, too. And the Bulldogs wouldn't stop scoring.
Butler (11-3) scored every time it had the ball in the first half, led 34-0 at halftime and by the end of the third quarter, Bulldogs' coach Brian Hales was taking all of his starters out. Butler reached the N.C. 4AA semifinals for the third time in four years and the reigning state champs will have a chance to get in position to defend their championship. Butler plays at unbeaten Mallard Creek (14-0) next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Parkwood 24, Hunter Huss 14: Parkwood grabbed a 21-7 lead and held on. The Rebels were in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1972, after beating county rival Forest Hills 17-7 last week. After Friday’s win, Parkwood (8-6) will try to reach the state finals for the first time. It’ll face another county rival, Monroe, is next week’s regional championship. Parkwood made the semifinals in 1972.
Crest 30, Asheville Reynolds 13: Crest ended Asheville Reynolds' Cinderella ride through the N.C. 3A playoffs. Reynolds was a No. 13 seed. P.J. Brooks had the put-away 12-yard touchdown run for the Chargers with 3:28 to play. Crest will host next week's regional championship against three-time state champion Northern Guilford. Northern Guilford beat Crest 21-20 in 2010 to win the first of those three straight after Crest's kicker missed a point-after that would've tied the game with 15.7 seconds left. Northern Guilford also beat Crest 31-7 in the 2011 N.C. 3AA final.
Forestview 42, Hibriten 20: Forestview was in the N.C. quarterfinals for the first time in school history but turned a 14-7 halftime lead into a 35-7 second-half lead lead to secure the school's first-ever regional championship berth.
Shelby 45, North Rowan 21: Shelby ended North Rowan's unbeaten season in impressive fashion. Shelby led 28-14 at halftime and 31-14 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, North Rowan closed to 31-21, but Jaquavis Brooks' 47-yard run with 10:34 left pushed Shelby's lead to 38-21 and Brooks got another score from six yards out for the final margin. He finished with three touchdowns Friday.
Mallard Creek 56, Northwest Guilford 13
Butler 48, W. Forsyth 7
Next week: Butler at Mallard Creek
Charlotte Catholic 56, SE Guilford 30
Greensboro Dudley 28, Rocky River 7
Next week: Catholic at Dudley
Crest 30, AC Reynolds 14
Northern Guilford 22, Weddington 19
Next week: Northern Guilford at Crest
Forestview 42, Hibriten 20
Concord 21, South Point 13
Next week: Forestview at Concord
Parkwood 24, Hunter Huss 14
Monroe 34, East Lincoln 13
Next week: Parkwood at Monroe
Reidsville 13, Lincolnton 10
Shelby 45, North Rowan 21
Next week: Shelby at Reidsville
West Montgomery 41, East Surry 14
Swain Co. 49, Starmount 14
Next week: West Montgomery at Swain Co.
Albemarle 29, South Robeson 20
Murphy 49, Hayesville 12
Next week: Albemarle at Murphy
S.C. 4A Divison II
Stratford 36, South Pointe 13
Rock Hill Northwestern 49, North Augusta 21
Next week: Stratford vs. Northwestern, state final
Friday, November 29, 2013