NCHSAA football state championship matchups

tstevens@newsobserver.comDecember 13, 2013 

  • Prospects to watch

    (Ranking by scout.com)

    Seniors

    Derrell Scott, Havelock: The 5-11, 185-pound runner has offers from most Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference schools, plus others throughout the country. He is ranked as the No. 16 running back prospect in the country.

    Chris Register, Greensboro Dudley: The 6-foot-4, 230-pound outside linebacker has committed to Clemson. He is ranked among the top 25 linebacker prospects in the country.

    Jaylen Samuels, Mallard Creek: The 6-foot, 225-pound fullback is signed with N.C. State. Samuels is ranked as the No. 4 fullback prospect in the country.

    Maurice Trowell, Southern Durham: The 6-foot-1, 175-pound speedster is committed to N.C. State. He has more than 1,000 yards in receptions. He is No. 60 among wide receiver prospects.

    Emmanuel Moseley, Greensboro Dudley: The 6-foot, 160-pound cornerback is headed to Tennessee. He is No. 89 as a cornerback recruit.

    Marcellus Sutton, Warsaw Kenan: The 5-foot-9, 180-pound speedy back is committed to N.C. State.

    Ikeem Allen, Mallard Creek: The 6-foot-1, 296-pound defensive tackle is committed to Ball State.

    Juniors

    Bryce Love, Wake Forest: The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is one of the fastest high school football players in the country.

    Jaylend Ratliffe, Scotland: The 6-foot-1, 194-pound quarterback is a run-pass player.

    Kendall Hinton, Southern Durham: Hinton, 6-1, 185, has passed for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for another 1,000.

    William Camerson, Southern Durham: The 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedy running back is committed to West Virginia.

    Michael Bowman, Havelock: The 6-1, 190-pound wide receiver is receiving national recruiting attention.

    Amari Henderson, Mallard Creek: The 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back is getting regional recruiting attention.

NCHSAA State Football Championships

By Tim Stevens

4AA: Wake Forest (12-3) vs. Charlotte Mallard Creek (15-0)

7 p.m., N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium

Mallard Creek has been an offensive juggernaut, averaging 54.6 points per game during the final 13 weeks of the season. The Mavericks also have held 10 opponents to nine or less points. Lawrence Pittman ran for a school-record 315 yards in last week’s impressive 56-14 win over Matthews Butler, a team that lost to the Mavs 20-7 in the second game of the season.

Wake Forest’s Bryce Love averages 10.9 yards per carry and has 1,914 rushing yards this season. Devante Reynolds has 918 yards and Jamal Sweet adds 831 in the Cougars’ Wing-T attack.

4A: Scotland (15-0) vs. Greensboro Dudley (14-0)

3 p.m., N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium

Scotland’s Jaylend Ratliffe is one of the state’s top dual-purpose quarterbacks. He has rushed for 2,053 yards and passed for 1,756 yards. He scored six touchdowns in a 53-40 semifinal win over Greenville Rose. Knightdale is the only North Carolina team to seriously threaten the Scots, losing 24-17 on a last minute touchdown.

Dudley’s closest game this season was 17-point win over Durham Hillside until Charlotte Catholic tested the Panthers in a 20-15 semifinal win. The Panthers have held 10 opponents to seven points or less. Emmanuel Moseley has rushed for 1,412 yards and passed for 1,341 yards.

3AA: Southern Durham (13-2) vs. Shelby Crest (14-1)

7 p.m., Winston-Salem’s BB&T Field

Southern Durham lost to Durham Hillside 29-24 and to Scotland 53-31 early in the season, but steamed through the rest of the regular season. The Spartans were tested by Cardinal Gibbons in a 33-28 second-round playoff win and a 31-24 third round victory over Orange. Junior quarterback Kendall Hinton has passed for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000. Maurice Trowell and Derrick Mason are each 1,000-yard receivers.

Crest knocked off three-time defending state champion Northern Guilford in the semifinals, 23-17 in overtime. Tre Harbison (1,516 rushing yards) and Jalin Moore (1,285 rushing yards) lead the Chargers’ offense.

3A: Havelock (15-0) vs. Concord (15-0)

11 a.m., N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium

Havelock and Concord are locked up in a rematch of the 2012 finals, which Havelock won 55-21.

Concord’s Rocky Reid averages 210 yards rushing and has 3,107 yards and 38 TDs on the ground. Havelock’s Darrell Scott has 1,934 yards rushing while quarterback Travis Sabdo has thrown for 2,458 yards and 36 touchdowns.

2A: Southwest Onslow (12-3) vs. Shelby (11-4)

11 a.m., UNC’s Kenan Stadium

Shelby dropped two of its last three regular-season games, but no one has come within 22 points of the Lions in the playoffs. R.J. George has rushed for 3,000 yards and Raekwon Washington has passed for more than 1,000.

Southwest won the 2012 state title with a 44-34 win over Swain County. Damonta Winbush has rushed for 1,000 yards and four teammates each have over 600.

1AA: Warsaw Kenan (14-0) vs. West Montgomery (14-1)

3 p.m., Winston-Salem’s BB&T Field

Kenan is coached by Ken Avent Jr., the son of the long-time North Duplin coach. The Tigers run an option attack that is led by Marcellus Sutton’s 1,157 yards. JaQuan Williams adds another 936 yards. Quarterback Dominique Barnes has thrown for 1,192 yards.

West Montgomery is averaging 49 points in the playoffs and escaped the regional final with a 44-38 victory over Swain County. Quarterback Caleb Drake has thrown for 1,756 yards and rushed for almost 1,500. Suave Pegues leads the ground game with 1,800 yards.

1A: Plymouth (15-0) vs. Murphy (12-3)

11 a.m., Winston-Salem’s BB&T field

Plymouth won the 2012 1A title with a 20-15 victory over Murphy and gets a rematch this season. Plymouth has held nine opponents to six or less points. The Vikings running game has been dominating with Chad Dance (1,287 yards), Demarkice Price (1,207), Malik Webb (997) and Demetrius Davis (760).

Murphy is coached by David Gentry, who has led teams to wins in 320 games during his 42-year coaching career. He is in his 30th year at Murphy. The Bulldogs are averaging 44.6 points per game.

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