NCHSAA State Football Championships
By Tim Stevens
4AA: Wake Forest (12-3) vs. Charlotte Mallard Creek (15-0)
7 p.m., N.C. States 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 weeks impressive 56-14 win over Matthews Butler, a team that lost to the Mavs 20-7 in the second game of the season.
Wake Forests 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. States Carter-Finley Stadium
Scotlands Jaylend Ratliffe is one of the states 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.
Dudleys 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-Salems 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. States Carter-Finley Stadium
Havelock and Concord are locked up in a rematch of the 2012 finals, which Havelock won 55-21.
Concords Rocky Reid averages 210 yards rushing and has 3,107 yards and 38 TDs on the ground. Havelocks 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., UNCs 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-Salems 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 Suttons 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-Salems 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.