Spartans beat WHS in OT, take over first
Kiersten Peck's 23-yard field goal in overtime lifted Sun Valley High to a 25-22 road win over Weddington on Friday, giving the Spartans sole possession of first place in the Southern Carolina Conference standings.
Sun Valley led 15-14 at halftime and pushed the lead to 22-14 with 10:20 left in the third quarter when junior tailback Albert Funderburke turned the corner on a sweep around the right end and turned it into a 60-yard touchdown run.
Weddington got a 2-yard touchdown run from Jack Ryan, followed by QB Jeff Welch's 2-point run that tied the game with 1:31 left in the third quarter.
Sun Valley had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but junior Logan Stewart's 38-yard field goal in the 30-something degree temperature didn't carry and fell short.
Peck is now 3-for-3 on field goal attempts this season.
The Spartans are now 3-0 in the Southern Carolina Conference and 6-3 overall, while WHS fell to 2-1 and 7-2.
Sun Valley hosts Cuthbertson next week and concludes the regular season at Anson the following week.
Weddington plays at Piedmont in Week 11 and at Marvin Ridge in the regular season finale.
Funderburke finished with 168 yards on 31 carries and also had an interception and a tackle for loss while playing cornerback on defense.
SV sophomore quarterback Drew Swoope rushed for a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter and senior fullback Brian Teutonico had a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter.
If the Spartans win their last two games, they will win the first outright conference championship in the 53-year history of the football program.
For more details on Sun Valley's win, including box scores and photos, see Sunday's print edition of The Enquirer-Journal.