The Redhawks improved to 10-2 with a 38-point home win over R-S Central in the first round of the 2AA playoffs.
Union Academy is in the second round of the 1A playoffs after shutting out South Stanly for the second time this season. The 6-5 Cardinals will play at Albemarle in the second round.
First-round playoff scores involving Union County:
4A - Porter Ridge 32, Watauga 26
3AA - Weddington 42, Ledford 0
3AA - Asheville 33, Cuthbertson 7
3AA - A.C. Reynolds 65, Sun Valley 14
3A - Piedmont 31, Tuscola 17
2AA - Monroe 48, R-S Central 8
2AA - Forest Hills won by forfeit over Smokey Mountain
2A - Parkwood 35, Franklin 17
1A - Union Academy 12, South Stanly 0
More than half of the nine Union County football teams that qualified for the playoffs will have lengthy drives into the mountains in the first round.
Jake Atkinson's pick-six in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning touchdown in Cuthbertson's 28-21 victory over Piedmont. The win helped get the Cavs in the playoffs.
Sun Valley had a chance to win the program's first-ever outright championship in football, but the Bearcats took advantage of eight turnovers in a 14-0 home win.