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.
Monroe, Sun Valley, Weddington and Union Academy drew home games for the first round of the state football playoffs, while five other Union County schools open on the road.
Monroe High won its third straight Rocky River Conference football championship with a 40-0 home win over archrival Forest Hills. The Redhawks rolled up 281 rushing yards and held Forest Hills to 57 yards of offense on the night.
Sun Valley sophomore QB Drew Swoope was taken off on a stretcher but doesn't appear to be seriously injured after being checked out at the hospital. The Spartans remain alone in first place in the Southern Caroiina Conference heading into their regular season finale.
Marvin Ridge's defense absorbed numerous body blows, but avoided the knockout punch Friday night.