Weddington junior QB Grayson Willingham scored on a 10-yard scramble run with 24 seconds left in the game to give his team a 24-21 road win over Cuthbertson in the 3AA state semifinal round game on Friday in front of roughly 5,000 fans. The Warriors are 14-1 and will play in the state final for the first time in school history when they face Northern Guilford next Saturday (Dec. 13) in Raleigh.
Former Marvin Ridge High four-year starter Kyle Parker is having a great soccer career at Charlotte. The junior forward was named Conference USA's co-Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in points and is now a candidate for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the top player in the country.
Cuthbertson has won 10 games in a row and its first-ever conference championship. Weddington is 13-1, and the Warriors' only loss was against the Cavs. The two teams meet again on Friday, and the winner advances to the 3AA state championship game. If it sounds like one of the biggest games in Union County history, it's because it is.
Cuthbertson High and Weddington are roughly three miles apart, and the two Union County schools will play each other again next Friday in the 3AA state semifinal round. Cuthbertson dominated Statesville 42-0 while Weddington held on for a 28-23 road win over Asheville. Read details about both games inside. Also, Franklin knocked Monroe out with a 17-14 win in the 2AA bracket.
Monroe's football team won handily at Ashe County in the second round, and now the Redhawks are traveling even deeper into the mountains with a 2AA state quarterfinal game at Franklin Friday night. Franklin's only loss over the past two years is in the playoffs against Parkwood in 2013.
Piedmont's wrestling program has been the strongest in Union County for a half-dozen years, and has back most of last year's team that went 28-7 in dual-team competition. The Panthers, who start just one senior, open the season Wednesday against the team that put them out of the postseason last year, and will also take on the five-time defending 4A state champions.