RALEIGH — Greensboro Dudley’s vaunted defense and a powerhouse run game helped keep Scotland County’s fast-break offense off the field in Saturday’s N.C. 4A state championship at Carter Finley Stadium.
Dudley won 24-7, taking its third state title since 2007.
The Panthers (15-0) beat Charlotte Catholic in last week’s Western Regional championship game and held their 11th opponent to seven points or less Saturday. Scotland County (15-1) came into the finals averaging more than 40 points in the playoffs and nearly 260 yards rushing per game for the season.
Neither of those things happened Saturday.
Scotland ran 39 plays and managed 113 yards. Dudley senior Lamarc Watlington outdid that all by himself, rushing 33 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Dudley ran 30 more plays than Scotland and had 301 yards total offense.
• Murphy’s Kenton Braswell scored the game-winning touchdowns with just under five minutes left in a 35-34 win over Plymouth in the N.C. 1A state final in Winston-Salem.
Braswell finished with 150 yards and two touchdowns. Plymouth (14-1) nearly tied the game late after Malik Webb threw a 21-yard touchdown with 36 seconds left. But Murphy’s defense stopped Demetrius Davis’ rush for the 2-point conversion to secure the victory.
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.
Davis and Webb each ran for touchdowns to lead the Vikings, who were going for their third state title.
• 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.
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