JACKSONVILLE — Carrboro made history Friday while denying Jacksonville Northside the same opportunity.
With Douglas Parrish scoring two touchdowns and the Jaguars defense shutting down the Monarchs strong running game, Carrboro came away with a 21-14 victory to advance to the NCHSAA 2AA state championship game.
It will be the first trip to the finals for Carrboro (15-0), which is in its sixth year. And Northside (14-1) made it to the East Regional final for the fifth time in its 12-years, but has never made it to the finals.
Carrboro will take on South Iredell (13-2) in the championship game on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium. South Iredell beat Salisbury 35-28 Friday.
Oh, man, its hard to put it in words, senior lineman Scott Peretin said. Coming in as a freshman, I never saw this happening. Its like a dream. That was a rough game. But it was fun. It was a battle.
Carrboro scored on its opening possession, driving 75 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Parrishs first touchdown, a 1-yard run. That was it until the third quarter. After holding the Monarchs on fourth-and-goal at its 6-yard line, Carrboro put together an 11-play, 94 yard march that was capped by Parrishs 6-yard run with 4:48 left.
But Northside immediately countered. After a 36-yard kickoff return by Dewayne Johnson to the Carrboro 45, Northside scored four plays later on a 34-yard run by fullback Trey Eason to cut the lead in half with 2:57 left.
The Jaguars, however, wasted no time in getting their 14-point lead back. On its ensuing possession, quarterback Alex McVeigh hit running back Trai Sharp in stride down the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7 with 1:44 left in the third quarter.
Northside pulled within a touchdown on a 38-yard pass from Courtney Piatt to Johnson with 5:52 left in the game, but the Jaguars sealed the win on an interception by George Carpenter at the Carrboro 13 and then a 14-yard run by Sharp on third-and-6 that allowed the visitors to run out the clock.
Holy smokes, man! coach Jason Tudryn said. In 2007 when we were getting beat 89-0 and 70-0 and a lot of those kids werent here, but thats what our community saw when they first started football in that town. And now to say youre going to play for the 2012 state championship is pretty amazing. Its pretty awesome.