Weddington defeated Lee County on Saturday night, 34-14, claiming their second straight 3AA state title.
The Warriors' five-star junior running back, Will Shipley, scored four touchdowns on 26 carries for 256 yards. Shipley was responsible for all but 15 of Weddington's 271 total yards on the night. Shipley was named the offensive player of the game as well as the game's most valuable player.
Weddington's number nine is the best running back in the state not named Christian McCaffrey.
Shipley wrapped up his junior year carrying the ball 186 times for 2,066 yards (11.1 ypc) and 31 touchdowns. He now ranks 7th all-time in single-season rushing in the county and 8th all-time amongst the career rushing yard leaders in Union County history. Shipley's 80 career touchdowns are eight shy of the all-time mark set by Forest Hills' Juanne Blount (2007-2009).
A big shout out to the core of the Weddington offensive line (Will Owens, Lucas Rogers, Alex McClaughlin, Nick Aderholt & Austin Pronk), all of whom received great views of Shipley's many long TD runs on the season. They consistently opened up the holes and sealed off the outside every Friday night.
Alec Mock, the senior middle linebacker, led all defensive players with 21 total tackles on the night in addition to one interception and was named the game's defensive player of the game. Mock played through the game, suffering a broken nose midway through the third quarter. Mock, an Air Force commit, has continued the tradition of Weddington linebackers (Murphy, Hobbs, Jenkins, etc.) that make an impact on Friday nights.
The Weddington season was a magical one. Early leads and big blowouts manufactured by a dynamic offense. Defensively, an unrelenting unit that smothered the opposition most of the season registering six shutouts.
Below, Weddington's last game of the 2019 campaign. An exclamation point on a historic undefeated season.
Thanks to Ashleigh Mock for the great photo supporting this post. Please check out her full 3AA Championship collection on her website.