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.  


 

2017 NCHSAA Football Playoffs: Round 2

2017 NCHSAA Football Playoffs 

Round 2 of the 2017 NCHSAA Football Playoffs is complete. Friday Night provided some intense do-or-die moments and a lot of really good football. There were upsets across all classifications. The road to the state championship just got a little tighter. Let’s check out how the second round went down. 

4AA State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 Mallard Creek 41
9 North Mecklenburg 33
4 Page 41
5 Providence 16
3 D.W. Butler 24
6 Myers Park 28
2 West Forsyth 34
7 Hough 41

East: 2nd Round

1 Wake Forest 51
9 Millbrook 13
4 Sanderson 40
5 Middle Creek 20
3 Garner Magnet 31
6 Pinecrest 21
2 Green Hope 42
7 Leesville Road 23

4A State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 Harding University 17
8 Porter Ridge 10
4 West Mecklenburg 20
5 East Forsyth 23
3 Glenn 34
6 Z.B. Vance 35
2 South Caldwell 28
7 Hickory Ridge 55

East: 2nd Round

1 Scotland 63
9 Seventy-First 26
4 South Central 64
12 Knightdale 36
3 Cardinal Gibbons 6
6 Heritage 34
2 Hoggard 63
10 South View 20

3AA State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 Mount Tabor 21
8 Watauga 14
12 Sun Valley 49
13 Cuthbertson 14
3 South Iredell 41
6 A.L. Brown 21
7 SW Guilford 7
2 A.C. Reyonlds 21

East: 2nd Round

1 Clayton 40
8 Cleveland 35
5 D.H. Conley 29
4 Eastern Guilford 44
3 Lee County 7
11 Cape Fear 24
10 Dudley 21
2 New Hanover 38

3A State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 Charlotte Catholic 42
8 Stuart Cramer 7
5 Weddington 31
4 Huss 13
3 J.M. Robinson 24
6 Crest 21
7 Rockingham County 7
2 Kings Mountain 53

East: 2nd Round

1 Western Alamance 45
8 Fike 14
5 Jacksonville 42
4 Terry Sanford 41
3 Southern Nash 62
6 Eastern Alamance 20
7 E.E. Smith 7
2 Havelock 56

2AA State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 South Point 23
8 Shelby 33
12 Foard 14
4 Mount Pleasant 28
3 Franklin 14
11 Pisgah 7
10 Patton 0
2 Hibriten 35

East: 2nd Round

1 East Duplin 49
9 West Stokes 14
5 Nash Central 19
4 Randleman 47
3 South Granville 50
6 West Craven 12
7 Ledford Sr. 10
2 North Davidson 17

2A State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 Reidsville 39
9 East Montgomery 17
12 Lincolnton 14
4 South Columbus 47
3 Hendersonville 56
11 Red Springs 14
7 Whiteville 42
2 Mountain Heritage 52

East: 2nd Round

1 Northeastern 35
9 Clinton 0
5 Wallace-Rose Hill 56
4 Beddington 0
3 SW Onslow 63
6 SW Edgecombe 28
10 Greene Central 28
2 East Bladen 68

1AA State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 Mount Airy 42
8 Polk County 20
4 Bessemer City 26
5 Swain County 21
3 North Stanly 35
6 Murphy 49
2 East Wilkes 36
7 East Surry 49

East: 2nd Round

1 Tarboro 56
8 Riverside 7
4 Granville Central 0
5 West Montgomery 45
3 East Carteret 40
6 Lakewood 41
2 J.A. Holmes 42
7 Manteo 13

1A State Championship

West: 2nd Round

1 Mitchell 67
9 CSoD 21
4 Mountain Is. Charter 34
5 Robbinsville 46
3 T.J.C.A. 55
6 Elkin 34
2 Cherokee 58
7 Union Academy 35

East: 2nd Round

1 North Duplin 35
8 Southside 6
4 Columbia 8
5 Pamlico County 53
3 South Robeson 14
6 Plymouth 38
2 Northampton County 20
7 SE Halifax 0

3rd Round Matchups

4AA

  • West
    • #4 Page (11-1)  at #1 Mallard Creek (12-0)
    • #7 Hough (10-3) at #6 Myers Park (12-1)
  • East
    • #4 Sanderson (9-3) at #1 Wake Forest (12-0) 
    • #3 Garner Magnet (8-4) at #2 Green Hope (10-2)

4A

  • West
    • #5 East Forsyth (9-4) at #1 Harding University (11-1)
    • #7 Hickory Ridge (11-2) at #6 Z.B. Vance (10-3)
  • East
    • #4 South Central (10-2) at #1 Scotland (10-1)
    • #6 Heritage (12-1) at #2 Hoggard (12-0)

3AA

  • West
    • #12 Sun Valley (10-3) at #1 Mount Tabor (11-2)
    • #3 South Iredell (11-2) at #2 A.C. Reynolds (12-1)
  • East
    • #4 Eastern Guilford (11-2) at #1 Clayton (13-0)
    • #11 Cape Fear (10-3) at #2 New Hanover (12-1)

3A

  • West
    • #5 Weddington (10-3) at #1 Charlotte Catholic (13-0)
    • #3 Jay M. Robinson (11-2) at #2 Kings Mountain (12-1)
  • East
    • #5 Jacksonville (11-2) at #1 Western Alamance (13-0)
    • #3 Southern Nash (12-1) at #2 Havelock (12-1)

2AA

  • West
    • #8 Shelby (11-2) at #4 Mount Pleasant (11-2)
    • #3 Franklin (13-0) at #2 Hibriten (13-0)
  • East
    • #4 Randleman (11-1) at #1 East Duplin (13-0)
    • #3 South Granville (13-0) at #2 North Davidson (12-1)

2A

  • West
    • #4 South Columbus (12-1) at #1 Reidsville (13-0)
    • #3 Hendersonville (10-3) at #2 Mountain Heritage (12-0)
  • East
    • #5 Wallace-Rose Hill (11-1) at #1 Northeastern (13-0)
    • #3 SW Onslow (10-3) at #2 East Bladen (12-1)

1AA

  • West
    • #4 Bessemer City (11-1) at #1 Mount Airy (12-0)
    • #7 East Surry (9-4) at #6 Murphy (11-2)
  • East
    • #5 West Montgomery (11-2) at #1 Tarboro (12-0)
    • #6 Lakewood (11-2) at #2 J.A. Holmes (11-1)

1A

  • West
    • #5 Robbinsville (9-4) at #1 Mitchell (11-1)
    • #3 Thomas Jefferson Classical (11-1) at #2 Cherokee (10-1)
  • East
    • #5 Pamlico County (9-4) at #1 North Duplin (12-0)
    • #6 Plymouth (8-5) at #2 Northampton County (11-1)

Here’s the scoreboard from the 1st Round:

NCHSAA Football Playoffs: 1st Round

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