Wake Forest was one of two first-time N.C. High School Athletic Association football champions crowned over the weekend. The Cougars shut out Greensboro’s Page High 29-0 on Saturday.
Rocky Mount’s 16-7 loss to South Point in the only rematch of a 2015 championship was arguably the second-best game as the rest of the weekend was dominated by blowouts.
4A championship: Greensboro’s Dudley High romped over Fayetteville’s Cape Fear 54-0.
A running clock started in the third quarter after Dudley (15-1) took a 42-point lead. Quarterback Hendon Hooker, a Virginia Tech recruit, accounted for six touchdown (three rushing, three passing) and threw for 221 yards and ran for 89 against the Colts (15-1).
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Both teams will drop to the 3A class next year.
3AA championship: Weddington won its first football title with a 33-20 victory against Torry Holt’s alma mater, Eastern Guilford.
Weddington (13-3) quarterback David Bayha was 10-of-17 passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns against the previously-undefeated Wildcats (15-1).
2AA championship: Shelby won its fourth straight championship with a 28-6 win against Jacksonville’s Northside High.
The Golden Lions (16-0) didn’t trail at all this season. Shelby’s Juwan Sims ran for 152 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 19 yards and a score. Northside (12-4) will be a 3A team next year.
2A championship: Reidsville rolled by Edenton Holmes 58-12 as Jaron Letterlough accounted for five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving, for the Rams (16-0).
Letterlough had 153 yards rushing on 15 carries and three catches for 47 yards. The Aces (13-3) are dropping to 1A next season.
1AA championship: On Friday, Wallace-Rose Hill raced to a 30-7 victory over West Montgomery.
Javonte Williams had 69 yards rushing with two touchdowns as the Bulldogs (15-1) won their third straight title. Wallace-Rose Hill will move up to the 2A class next year, which West Montgomery (15-1), now 0-4 in state championship games, will gladly welcome.
1A championship: Murphy held on for a 15-14 win against Plymouth to win its eighth title.
Plymouth (12-4) took a 14-7 halftime lead. Murphy scored with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter and was going for the extra-point attempt. However, Plymouth was whistled for offsides twice, moving the ball inside the 1.
Murphy (15-1) decided to take its chances with a two-point conversion, and the quarterback sneak held up as the game-winner.