Fall Season 2017 NC High School State Champions

2017 NC High School State Champions

Now that football season has concluded, the fall football season has reached its end. Congratulations to all the newly crowned 2017 NC High School State Champions. No one will ever be able to take that away from you.

Here are this season’s champions for Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, and Football. Stay tuned for Winter sports updates. Next up are Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Wrestling. 

Fall Season

Men’s Soccer

4A

  • State Champion: Cardinal Gibbons (23-0-2)
  • Runner-up: Hough (24-2)
  • MVP: Jackson Hollenbach
  • Notes:
    • The sixth soccer state championship in Crusader history.
    • All six of the Crusaders state titles have come within the past 12 seasons (4A: ’17; 3A: ’14, ’11, ’10; 2A: ’08, ’06).

3A

  • State Champion: Chapel Hill (23-4-1)
  • Runner-Up: A.C. Reynolds (23-3-2)
  • MVP: Ryan Smith
  • Notes:
    • Chapel Hill’s first soccer state championship since 1983.
    • The Tiger’s lost the state title game to Marvin Ridge last season.

2A

  • State Champion: Newton-Conover (27-0-2)
  • Runner-up: First Flight (21-2)
  • MVP: Francisco Tapia
  • Notes:
    • The third soccer state title in Red Devil history (’17, ’14, ’07).
    • First Flight had not lost a game to a North Carolina school since 2015.

1A

  • State Champion: Bishop McGuinness (19-2-3)
  • Runner-up: Franklin Academy (23-1-1)
  • MVP: Brad Standen
  • Notes:
    • Bishop McGuinness’ first ever men’s soccer state championship.
    • Franklin had not lost a game all season and was playing for their second state championship in three years.
Men’s Soccer
  State Champion Runner-Up
4A Cardinal Gibbons (23-0-2) Hough (24-2)
     
3A Chapel Hill (23-4-1) A.C. Reynolds (23-3-2)
     
2A Newton-Conover (27-0-2) First Flight (21-2)
     
1A Bishop McGuinness (19-2-3) Franklin Academy (23-1-1)

Volleyball

4A

  • State Champion: Green Hope (31-2)
  • Runner-Up: Hough (26-6)
  • MVP: Sydney Cowler
  • Notes:
    • The second straight volleyball title for Green Hope.
    • Green Hope is 59-3 over the past two seasons.

3A

  • State Champion: North Iredell (28-2)
  • Runner-Up: Chapel Hill (25-7)
  • MVP: Ashley Hawkins
  • Notes:
    • First volleyball state championship in North Iredell history.
    • Chapel Hill lost the state title last season as well.

2A

  • State Champion: Carrboro (31-0)
  • Runner-Up: West Iredell (27-4)
  • MVP: Destiny Cox
  • Notes:
    • Carrboro’s second straight volleyball title.
    • The Jaguars haven’t lost a match in their last 61 chances.

1A

  • State Champion: Community School of Davidson (22-1)
  • Runner-Up: Roxboro Community (28-3)
  • MVP: Sara Labadorf
  • Notes:
    • The second straight volleyball state championship for the Spartans and second overall.
    • Roxboro has only lost 10 matches over the past four seasons

 

Volleyball
  State Champion Runner-Up
4A Green Hope (31-2) Hough (26-6)
     
3A North Iredell (28-2) Chapel Hill (25-7)
     
2A Carrboro (31-0) West Iredell (27-4)
     
1A CS of Davidson (22-1) Roxboro Community (28-3)

Football

4AA

  • State Champion: Wake Forest (15-0)
  • Runner-Up: Mallard Creek (14-1)
  • MVP: Devon Lawrence

4A

  • State Champion: Harding University (14-1)
  • Runner-Up: Scotland County (12-2)
  • MVP: Quavaris Crouch

3AA

  • State Champion: New Hanover (15-1)
  • Runner-Up: A.C. Reynolds (14-2)
  • MVP: Wiz Vaughn

3A

  • State Champion: Charlotte Catholic (16-0)
  • Runner-Up: Havelock (14-2)
  • MVP: Milian Howard

2AA

  • State Champion: Hibriten (16-0)
  • Runner-Up: East Duplin (15-1)
  • MVP: Miles Simon

2A

  • State Champion: Wallace-Rose Hill (14-1)
  • Runner-Up: Reidsville (15-1)
  • MVP: Javonte Williams

1AA

  • State Champion: Tarboro (15-0)
  • Runner-Up: Mount Airy (14-1)
  • MVP: Deontae Williams

1A

  • State Champion: Cherokee (14-1)
  • Runner-Up: North Duplin (14-1)
  • MVP: Tye Mintz

2017 NCHSAA Football 4A State Championship

 

2017 NCHSAA Football 3A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 2A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 1A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 4A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 4A State Championship Review

Wake Forest and Harding University (Charlotte) have won the 2017 NCHSAA Football 4A State Championship (4AA & 4A).

4AA State Championship

Wake Forest 21, Mallard Creek 0

Wake Forest is back-to-back 4AA state champions. For the second time in two years, the Cougar defense posts a shutout in the title game to claim the crown. This season, the previously undefeated Mallard Creek Mavericks fell victim to the stifling Wake Forest defense. “For me, a state championship is a state championship,” Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas told reporters after the game. “It’s the ultimate win for any high school football team. Going against a team like Mallard Creek, with an established program like over there, obviously, we’re proud that.”

Second Half

For three and a half quarters, the game was a scoreless bloodbath. Then the Mavericks made the mistake of the game. While attempting a punt from midfield, MC had a snap over the punters head. The Mavs recovered the ball, but the Cougars took over on downs. WF set up shop on the Mavericks 17-yard line and five plays later were in the end zone. John Jiles and QB Chris James connected on a 20-yard pass for the score (Parris PAT).

On the ensuing possession, a holding penalty and a false start stymied the drive and forced another Mavs punt. Three plays later, Cougar RB Marquis Dunn took a misdirection 54-yards to the house. With three minutes left in the game, WF now held a 14-0 lead (Parris PAT).

In late desperation mode, the Mavericks dream of a state title ended with an interception by UNC-commit, safety Javon Terry. From one future Heel to another, Devon Lawrence put the final bow on the game. The senior RB took in a 7-yard scamper for a touchdown (Parris PAT) to push the final tally to 21-0.

Stats and Notes

Lawrence was the MVP of the game. In total, he amassed 135 yards on 25 carries and the touchdown. Marquis Dunn finished with 69 yards on six carries. John Jiles (5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a 15-yard sack, and the game-winning TD reception) was all over the field Saturday.

Reggie Lucas’ team has now won 31-straight games. The 21-0 final score is the lowest of any state title game since classifications were split into the AA/A format in 2002.


4A State Championship

Harding University 30, Scotland County 22

Two seasons ago, the Harding Univesity High School football program went 1-10, now they are state champs. “I love these kids,” Coach Sam Greiner said after the victory over Scotland County. “It’s a family and when you build yourself together like that, there’s more than Xs and Os. Something special happens when a family happens. I saw something deep in these kids and I said, ‘We’ll be something special if God can keep us healthy.’ He kept us just healthy enough. It was a beautiful thing.” The state championship is Harding’s first since 1953 and third overall.

It worth mentioning Scotland was without their leading rusher, the national player of the year and Georgia commit, Zamir White. White injured his knee in the 3rd round of the playoffs. After defeating undefeated Hoggard 47-46 last week without White, the Scots knew they still had a good shot at the title. In White’s absence, QB Warren Bell picked up the slack.

First Half

Through much of the first half, Bell exchanged blows with the HU offensive tandem of QB Braheam Murphy and RB Quavaris Crouch. First to score was Bell, who led the Scots on a scoring drive early in the first quarter. With the Scots up 7, it was Crouch’s turn. At the start of the second quarter, the stud junior punched in a ten-yard run. On the ensuing drive, Bell went back to work. After seven plays and 85 yards, Bell was back in the end zone with a four-yard run. SC back on top 14-7.

Harding answered right back on their next possession. Halfway through the second quarter, Crouch and the Rams were back in the end zone. Game tied 14-14. In their final drive of the half, the Scots stalled out and punted. To end the half, Murphy and Crouch led the Rams downfield and Alejandro Guevara rewarded their efforts with a 39-yard field goal and three points. HU up 17-14 at the half.

Second Half

It was the Braheam Murphy show in the second half, more specifically the fourth quarter. To begin the fourth, Murphy found Reggie Burns with a 20-yard strike for a touchdown to extend the lead to 24-14. 

With the championship in their hands, Trayvon Corbett and the Rams defensive unit took the Scots best shot but never broke. In consecutive possessions, SC drove deep into Harding territory but came up short in both instances. A magnificent Marquise Nelson interception of Warren Bell and a turnover on downs all but ended the Scots title hopes.

After the turnover on downs, Braheam Murphy put the ultimate final nail in the SC coffin. Murphy found a hole a ran 95-yards to the promised land with two minutes left in the game. HU 30-14. 

As time ran down, Bell led the Scots on a final scoring drive capped off by a touchdown pass to Bruce Wall. However, HU recovered the onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.

Stats and Notes

Quavaris Crouch was named MVP of the game. He finished with two touchdowns and 141 yards on 23 carries. Braheam Murphy had an MVP-type performance as well. Murphy completed 3 of 6 attempts for 53 passing yard and a touchdown to go with 135 rushing yards on ten attempts and a score. Murphy also caught a pass for 56-yards. 

Warren Bell finished the game 7 of 10 passing for 153 passing yards and 111 rushing yards. Bell had three total touchdowns.


 

2017 NCHSAA Football 3A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 3A State Championship Review

New Hanover (Wilmington) and Charlotte Catholic have won the 2017 NCHSAA Football 3A State Championship (3AA & 3A).

3AA State Championship

New Hanover 27, A.C. Reynolds 17

Scoring

1st Quarter

None

2nd Quarter

New Hanover: Wiz Vaughn 3-yard rush TD (Westley Gaines PAT) NH 7-0

A.C. Reynolds: Alex Flinn 10-yard rush TD (Ethan Blakey PAT) Tie 7-7

3rd Quarter

Reynolds: Blakey 29-yard FG ACR 10-7

Hanover: Blake Walston 75-yard TD pass to Cole Tanner (Gaines PAT) NH 14-10

Reynolds: Nathan St. onge 6-yard TD pass to Talon James (Blakey PAT) ACR 17-14

Hanover: Walston 1-yard rush TD (PAT no good) NH 20-17

4th Quarter

Hanover: Vaughn 2-yard rush TD (Gaines PAT) NH 27-17

Final: New Hanover 27-17

Stats and Notes

The state title is New Hanover’s fourth football championship overall (1927, 1928, 1951, 2017). Wildcats’ star athlete Wiz Vaughn was MVP of the game. Vaughn carried the ball 18 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns. He also hauled in six Blake Walston passes for 50 yards. Walston completed 12 of 22 attempts for 206 yards and two touchdowns (1 rush, 1 pass). Walston earned East Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors.

Though the entire New Hanover defensive unit played well as a whole, Francis Meehan’s interception in the fourth quarter earned him East Most Outstanding Defensive Player. 

For Reynolds, RB I’dre Bell was the West Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the losing effort. Bell totaled 131 yards from scrimmage on 20 total touches (13 carries, 7 receptions). On the other side of the ball, Frank Torres led the Rockets defense. Torres earned honors as West Most Outstanding Defensive Player.


3A State Championship

Charlotte Catholic 28, Havelock 14

Scoring

1st Quarter

Charlotte Catholic: Christopher Walton 5-yard TD pass to Paul Neel (George Griggs PAT) CC 7-0 

Havelock: Khalil Barrett 2-yard TD run (Christian Hoomana PAT) Tie 7-7

2nd Quarter

Catholic: Walton 1-yard TD run (PAT no good) CC 13-7

3rd Quarter

Havelock: Zach Sabdo 27-yard TD pass to Welton Spottsville (Hoomana PAT) H 14-13

4th Quarter

Catholic: Lamagea McDowell 5-yard TD run (McDowell 2pt) CC: 21-14

Catholic: McDowell 2-yard TD run (Griggs PAT) CC: 28-14

Final: Charlotte Catholic 28-14

Stats and Notes

Charlotte Catholic’s football championship is the seventh in Cougar history (’77, ’81, ’84, ’04, ’05, ’15, ’17). Milian Howard (29 carries, 160 yards) led the rushing attack that racked up 272 total yards in total. Howard was MVP of the game. 

Catholic running game controlled time of possession in the contest. Overall the Cougars possessed the ball almost thirteen minutes longer than Havelock. Fourth quarter hero, Lamagea McDowell scored the Cougars final two touchdowns to go with 63 yards on 18 carries. McDowell took home West Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors. On the other side of the ball, Chase Foley (7 tackles) earned West Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

For Havelock, QB Zach Sabdo (16/21, 207 yards, TD) was the East Most Outstanding Offensive Player. ATH Welton Spottsville was East Most Outstanding Defensive Player.


 

2017 NCHSAA Football 2A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 2A State Championship Recap

Hibriten (Lenior) and Wallace-Rose Hill have won the 2017 NCHSAA Football 2A State Championship (2AA & 2A).

2AA State Championship

Hibriten 16, East Duplin 14

Scoring

1st Quarter

East Duplin: Melvin Scott 81-yard TD run (Jesus Navarro PAT) ED 7-0

2nd Quarter

Hibriten: Saftey ED 7-2

Hibriten: Mckinley Witherspoon 53-yard TD pass to Miles Simon (Noah Haney PAT) H 9-7

Hibriten: Jaylen Scott 43-yard TD pass to Simon (Haney PAT) H 16-7

3rd Quarter

None

4th Quarter

East Duplin: Chris Benson 1-yard TD run (Navarro PAT) H 16-14

Final: Hibriten 16-14

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Miles Simon – Sr. RB
    • 2 Receptions, 96 yards, 2 TD

West Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Noah Haney – Sr. Punter
    • 6 Punts, 276 yards, 5 punts inside the 20, 3 inside the 10

West Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Charles Tassinari -Sr. MLB
    • 16 Total Tackles

East Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Melvin Scott – Sr. RB
    • 3 Carries, 108 Yards, TD

East Most Oustanding Defensive Player

  • Amaru Herring – Jr. DL
    • 10 Total Tackles, 3 for loss

Notes and Quotes

Hibriten’s football state championship is the first in school history.

“We knew coming if that if our defense contained them …we figured if we held them to 14 or less we had a good shot,” – Hibriten head coach Clay Lewis

Lewis’ Panthers finish the season undefeated, 16-0.

“We had a heck of a season and the guys fought to the end just like they’ve done all season. They gave themselves a chance to win. I can’t ask for a better group of guys.” – East Duplin head coach Battle Holley

East Duplin ends the season 15-1.


2A State Championship

Wallace-Rose Hill 35, Reidsville 28 (OT)

Scoring

1st Quarter

Wallace-Rose Hill: Javonte Williams 73-yard run (PAT no good) WRH 6-0

Reidsville: Titus Jones 14-yard run (Zack Baber PAT) R 7-6

Wallace: Desmond Newkirk 1-yard run (Williams 2pt.) WRH 14-7

Wallace: Quavion Basyden 97-interception return (Juan Vargas PAT) WRH 21-7

2nd Quarter

Reidsville: Titus Jones 8-yard TD pass to Travion Canada (Baber PAT) WRH 21-14

3rd Quarter

Reidsville: Canada 1-yard TD run (Baber PAT) Tie 21-21

4th Quarter

Wallace: Williams 5-yard TD run (Vargas PAT) WRH 28-21

Reidsville: Jalen Easley 1-yard TD run (Baber) Tie 28-28

Overtime

Wallace: Newkirk 1-yard run (Vargas PAT) WRH 35-28

Final: Wallace-Rose Hill 35-28

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Javonte Williams – Sr. RB
    • 24 Carries, 223 yards, 2 TD

East Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Desmond Newkirk – Sr. RB
    • 13 Carries, 63 Rushing Yards, 2 TD

East Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Quavion Basyden – Sr. Saftey
    • 97-yard Interception Return TD

West Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Titus Jones – Sr. QB
    • 16/27, 182 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

West Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Willy Blackstock – Sr. MLB
    • 9 Total Tackles

Notes and Quotes

Wallace-Rose Hill continues its dominance despite moving up to 2A this season. The title is the Bulldogs fourth straight and twentieth overall. 

“You got to witness an unbelievable game because you saw two champions go head-to-head. How fitting that it went overtime. We’re just fortunate we came out on top.” – Wallace-Rose Hill head coach Kevin Motsinger

Reidsville’s season ends just short of perfection, 15-1.

“Their kids are champions, too. They didn’t come here to lose. They put their belt on the table and these boys put their belt on the table, winner-take-all. We just made one more play.” – Motsinger


 

2017 NCHSAA Football 1A State Championship

2017 NCHSAA Football 1A State Championship Recap

Tarboro and Cherokee have won the 2017 NCHSAA Football 1A State Championship (1AA & 1A).

1AA State Championship

Tarboro 32, Mount Airy 7

Scoring

1st Quarter

None

2nd Quarter

Tarboro: Keon Caudle 6-yard TD run (PAT no good) T 6-0

Tarboro: Jyron Albritton 36-yard punt return TD (2pt. failed) T 12-0

3rd Quarter

None

4th Quarter

Tarboro: Deontae Williams 1-yard TD run (PAT no good) T 18-0

Mount Airy: Ian Holder 36-yard TD pass to Donavon Greene (Robert Brown PAT) T 18-7

Tarboro: Williams 14-yard TD run (Seth Dupree PAT) T 25-7

Tarboro: Jaquez Edge 8-yard TD run (Wesley Alonso PAT) T 32-7

Final: Tarboro 32-7

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Deontae Williams – Sr. RB
    • 12 Carries, 119 rushing yards, 2 TD

East (Tarboro) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Clifton Joyner Jr. – Jr. ATH
    • 10 Carries, 87 Rushing Yards

East (Tarboro) Most Oustanding Defensive Player

  • Jyron Albritton – Jr. ATH
    • 5 Total Tackles, 36-yard punt return TD

West (Mount Airy) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Ian Holder- Sr. QB
    • 11/20, 135 yards, 1 TD

West (Mount Airy) Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Greyson Tucker – Sr. LB
    • 11 Total Tackles

Notes and Quotes

Tarboro’s state title is their fifth overall but first since 2011. The Vikings finish the season undefeated, 15-0.

“I can’t tell you how happy I’m for the whole senior class. Our community relies heavily on Tarboro football to be successful. They take great pride in us. I’m happy to be able to bring back another title to them. It’s a great feeling.” – Tarboro head coach Jeff Craddock

Mount Airy falls to 14-1 to finish up the season. 


1A State Championship

Cherokee 21, North Duplin 13

Scoring

1st Quarter

None

2nd Quarter

North Duplin: Bass 11-yard TD run ( PAT) ND 7-0

3rd Quarter

Cherokee: Tye Mintz 5-yard TD run ( PAT) Tie 7-7

4th Quarter

Cherokee: T. Mintz 51-yard TD run (PAT no good) C 13-7

Cherokee: Evans 11-yard TD run (T. Mintz 2pt.) C 21-7

North Duplin: Sheppard 4-yard TD run (PAT no good) C 21-13 

Final: Cherokee 27-13

Awards and Stats

Championship MVP

  • Tye Mintz – Sr. QB
    • 6/12, 52 Passing Yards, 13 Carries, 111 Yards, 2 TD
    • 10 Total Tackles, 1 Interceptions

West (Cherokee) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • Isaiah Evans – Jr. RB
    • 19 Carries, 100 Yards, 1 TD

West (Cherokee) Most Outstanding Defensive Player

  • Zak Perez – Sr. LB
    • 14 Total Tackles, 1 for Loss

East (North Duplin) Most Outstanding Offensive Player

  • William Archer – Sr. QB
    • 2/4, 31 Passing Yards, 27 Carries, 116 Yards, 1 TD

East (North Duplin) Most Oustanding Defensive Player

  • Kenny Sheppard – Sr. ATH
    • 7 Total Tackles

Notes and Quotes

Kent Briggs’ Braves state title is the first football championship in Cherokee history. 

“Words can’t really describe the emotions I know our team feels, and I feel, and Cherokee Nation feels. I’m really proud of our guys. I said at the very first practice, the only goal we really had was to win a state championship, and we felt like we could do that. They believed in each other and they worked their tails off to get in this position and I’m so proud of our guys.” – Cherokee head coach Kent Briggs

The Braves finish the season 14-1. 

North Duplin’s bid for a perfect season falls just short. Hugh Martin’s Rebels finish the season 14-1.  


 

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