Weddington overwhelmed Mount Tabor scoring on their first five possessions leading to a 45-12 3AA semifinal win and a trip to the state title game on December 14th in Chapel Hill.
Sophomore running back Will Shipley closed out the Warriors opening drive with a 4-yard touchdown run at 6:44 of the first quarter. In less than five minutes, senior back Wayne Dixie sprinted through a gap in the line and ran untouched into the end zone for a 42 yard TD. After the first quarter, Weddington was up 14-0 on enemy soil. The Warriors never looked back.
Senior quarterback Whitner Litton connected on 13-of-18 passes for 144 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Defensively, the Warriors were lights out holding Mt. Tabor a team that was putting up 29.5 points to 12; the final six points scored on the second team defense.
Junior Alec Mock led the team in tackles with 13 including two for a loss, one sack, and one forced fumble. Senior Eamon Murphy collected 11 total tackles and one sack. Will Shipley was a defensive force with seven total tackles including one for a loss, one sack, and one interception.
Entering the playoffs the Weddington defense was yielding only 13.9 points per game. In four playoff games, the Warrior D has tightened the noose holding opponents to 8 points per game. An incredible feat for a football program well regarded for great defensive squads but right now, at this place in time, this current group stands alone.
Weddington (14-1) will play Southeast Guilford (14-1) on Friday night in Chapel Hill. A win and Weddington will be 3AA State Champions for the second time in three years, but alone in school history with 15 wins.
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