Rebels reach semifinals
Parkwood advanced to the regional finals for the second time in school history and the first time since 1972, continuing its unlikely playoff run with a 24-14 win over Gastonia Hunter Huss on Friday.
The Rebels (8-6), seeded No. 16 in the 16-team 2AA West playoff bracket, notched their third consecutive upset of the postseason, this one against the No. 5-seeded Huskies (6-8).
Playing for the right to advance to the state championship may be a new feeling for these Rebels. The opponent in their way, however, is a familiar one. Next week, Parkwood plays at No. 2 Monroe (12-2) in the West regional championship game.
Senior quarterback Grey Wyrick passed for three touchdowns to three different receivers in Friday’s win. His first, a 13-yarder to senior Sam Mobley, completed a nine-play opening drive in which the Rebels converted three third downs.
Wyrick later hit junior Max Robinson for a 67-yard score on the first play of the second quarter, and completed a swing pass to Tre Butler that the sophomore took into the end zone from 20 yards out in the final play of the first half, giving the Rebels a 21-7 halftime lead. Parkwood never trailed in the game.
Robinson caught four passes for 116 yards, and Mobley caught two for 73 yards.
Butler led the Rebels’ ground game with 69 rushing yards on 19 carries. Parkwood chipped away at Hunter Huss throughout the night, running the ball on 36 plays compared to 15 passing plays.
“There are four teams left, and you’re one of them,” head coach Lynn Coble told the Rebels in the post-game huddle. “The only people who control how long we play is us.”