Weddington's football team finished 14-2 and second in the state among 3AA schools, thanks in large part to a defense that allowed 15.4 ppg and had four shutouts. The Warriors' defense is eligible to return nine players with at least 10 starts next season, so expect more of the same.
In 100 years of recorded high school football in North Carolina, Union County has just one state champion (Forest Hills in 1984). UC has lost six state title games in a row over the past 30 years, with the latest being Northern Guilford's 14-7 win over Weddington.
Carolina won its second game in a row, defeating Tampa Bay for the second time this season by less than a touchdown. Reserve QB Derek Anerson is now 2-0 as a starter in 2014.
Weddington had a first down at Northern Guilford's 17-yard line with a minute left but couldn't score in the 3AA state title game, allowing the Nighthawks to win their fourth state title in five years. The Warriors completed a pass on fourth-and-10 but it was a yard short of the first down with 11 seconds to play.
Panthers QB Cam Newton and running back DeAngelo Williams are inactive for Sunday's home game against Tampa Bay. Newton is reportedly making a good recovery and is expected to miss just one game after his car accident.
Weddington is playing Norhtnern Guilford for the 3AA state championship. Here's a look at the game. Updates will appear on our Web Stie starting at halftime and a game recap will follow from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh
Weddington junior defensive end Lance Moore already has the county record for sacks in a season with 22, and his 39 tackles for loss put him one away from the UC record in that category heading into Friday's 3AA semifinal game at Cuthbertson. Moore's defensive prowess has helped the Warriors earn four shutouts this season.