The Weddington Warriors defeated Eastern Guilford, 33-20, to claim their first state title, the 3-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship. It was their second trip to states in the last three years and the second time was a charm.
Led by the game’s most valuable player, David Bayha, the senior quarterback threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 74 yards.
After surrendering a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, Weddington’s defense started to make the necessary adjustments. Typical of their play for most of the season, the defense got stingier and more stout as the game wore on. Eastern Guilford’s Wildcats netted 212 offensive yards as they entered the locker room at halftime but only 47 yards in the second half. The Warriors’ second half defense was suffocating.
Led by team defensive most valuable player of the game Chase Randolph, Weddington’s D swarmed Wildcat ball carriers and delivered hard hits on anyone trying to move the ball forward. Randolph finished with 12 total tackles, three sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
Scoring for Weddington on the night was Denzel Patton, James Shipley, Richie Laughlin, Max Brimigion and Chase Randolph.
Sophomore James Shipley was named team offensive player of the game.
Weddington started the season 1-3 but closed the year with 12 straight wins on their way to the program’s first state title in school history.
Check out postgame press conference with game highlights below.