State championship roundup
Mallard Creek beats Wake 59-21 for 1st 4-AA title
RALEIGH — Jaylen Samuels rushed for three touchdowns and caught two more, and Charlotte Mallard Creek beat Wake Forest 59-21 on Saturday night in the Class 4-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship game.
James Smith was 7 of 12 for 180 yards with three touchdowns, hitting Samuels on scoring passes of 12 and 68 yards plus a 49-yard TD to Vernon Grier. They helped Mallard Creek (16-0) win its first state title.
Samuels, the game MVP, scored on runs of 19 and 3 while helping Mallard Creek take a 17-0 first-quarter lead. He added a 62-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
Mack Moore rushed 20 yards for a touchdown and threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Devante Reynolds, and Kendall Massey returned a fumble 20 yards for a TD for Wake Forest (12-4).
The Cougars lost in the 4-AA title game for the second time in four years.
Dudley beats Scotland County 24-7 for 4-A title
RALEIGH — Lamarc Watlington rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Greensboro Dudley beat Scotland County 24-7 on Saturday in the Class 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship game.
Watlington scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards and quarterback Emmanuel Mosley added a 3-yard touchdown run for Dudley (15-0). The Panthers won their third state title since 2007 by outrushing Scotland County 272-31.
Scotland County (15-1), which won the 2011 state title, led 7-0 when Brandon McMillian returned a fumble 79 yards for a touchdown with 7:35 left in the first quarter.
Southern Durham tops Shelby Crest 38-31 in 3-AA
WINSTON-SALEM — Kendall Hinton threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns Saturday to help Southern Durham rally past Shelby Crest 38-31 for the Class 3-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
Hinton was named the game's most valuable player after helping the Spartans (14-2) rally from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit in their first trip to a state final.
After Crest (14-2) took a 31-30 lead on Alex Trejo's field goal with 1:08 left, Hinton connected with Jordan Brown for an 80-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left. Hinton passed to Maurice Trowell on the 2-point conversion, then Joshua Manns intercepted P.J. Brooks' pass at the Southern Durham 37-yard line on the final play.
Jalin Moore ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers, while Tre Harbison ran for 128 yards and two more scores. Crest was going for its fifth state title but first since 2004.
Havelock beats Concord 21-13 to win 3-A title
RALEIGH — Derrell Scott ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to help Havelock beat Concord 21-13 in the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
Scott was named the game's most valuable player for Havelock (16-0), which won its third straight state championship. The Rams trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter before Scott broke free for a 51-yard score, the first of three straight for the senior that put Havelock in control.
Scott scored on a 20-yard run late in the half, then had a 96-yard TD run midway through the third that gave the Rams a 21-10 lead on the way to a 30th straight win.
It marked the second straight year Havelock beat Concord in the 3-A final, with the Rams winning last year's game 55-21.
TW Andrews tops Monroe 18-14 for NC 2-AA title
CHAPEL HILL — Lamar Raynard's 38-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Manning with 1:04 left helped T.W. Andrews beat Monroe 18-14 on Friday night in the Class 2-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship game.
Raynard threw three touchdown passes for Andrews (14-1), which won its third state title and first since 1991.
Marquell Cartwright rushed for 179 yards for Andrews, which won its 14th straight game after beating its previous 13 opponents by an average of 41 points.
Tre'Shun Wynn had a 4-yard touchdown run for Monroe, which lost in its only other finals appearance in 1989.
Shelby beats Southwest Onslow 29-7 for 2-A title
CHAPEL HILL — R.J. George threw for 171 yards and a touchdown Saturday to help Shelby beat Southwest Onslow 29-7 for the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
George was named the game's most valuable player for the Golden Lions (12-4), who built a big first-half lead and never looked back.
It was Shelby's first finals appearance since 2007 and marked the school's sixth title since 1972.
Kenan tops West Montgomery 42-14 for 1-AA title
WINSTON-SALEM — Marcelias Sutton rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Warsaw Kenan beat West Montgomery 42-14 on Saturday in the Class 1-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship game.
Quarterback Dominique Barnes had two 1-yard scoring runs and JaQuan Williams added 174 yards rushing and a 67-yard touchdown to help Kenan (15-0) win its second state title since 2007.
Daniel Montoya's 21-yard touchdown run with 2:43 left in the half made it 15-14 and gave Kenan the lead for good.
Murphy outlasts Plymouth 35-34 for 1-A title
WINSTON-SALEM — Kenton Braswell ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to help Murphy hold off Plymouth 35-34 in the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
Braswell scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 13-yard run with 4:56 left for the Bulldogs (13-3) and was named the game's most valuable player.
Deion Johnson added 112 yards rushing and a score for Murphy, which won its seventh championship and avenged last year's 20-15 title-game loss to Plymouth. The Bulldogs finished with 364 yards in their fourth straight finals appearance.