Monroe High held the lead with just over a minute left, but Andrews scored a late touchdown to win the 2AA state football title with an 18-14 win in Chapel Hill.
Monroe jumped out early and was never threatened in a 48-20 home win over Parkwood in the 2AA state semifinal round on Friday. The Redhawks, now 13-2, are in the state title game for the first time since 1989.
Two Union County football teams are facing off in the state semifinal round for the first time ever when Parkwood travels to Monroe on Friday.
Parkwood High's football team is in the state semfinals for the first time since 1972 after a 24-14 road win over Hunter Huss. The Rebels will play at Monroe next week.
The Redhawks are playing for a state championship for the first time since 1989 when they take on T.W. Andrews for the 2AA title Friday night at UNC Chpael Hill. Monroe is 11-3 in playoffs since this senior class stepped on campus, and they have a chance to deliver the school's first-ever state title in football.
Parkwood gave up two turnovers for touchdowns in a late October game at Monroe and went on to lose by 39 points. With much higher stakes this time, Rebels coach Lynn Coble is emphasizing ball security when the two teams meet again in the state semifinal round.
The Rebels are in the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1972 after a 17-7 road win over Forest Hills. "We're making history," said Parkwood senior linebacker Cory Rape.