Weddington's defense giveth very little and taketh away a lot.
Watauga had a moment early in the game to exploit a weak moment for the Weddington D, and it would prove pivotal.
Trailing 7-0 after a Will Shipley TD run, Watauga caught the Warriors' defense off guard with a 56-yard halfback pass completion that put the ball on Weddington's 11-yard line.
Weddington's defense has risen to the occasion all season long, surrendering only five points per game. One more game, one more test.
Watauga had four shots at the score, and the Warrior defense would have none of it. The Pioneers came away with three yeards and zero points.
On Weddington's next possession from the eight-yard line, Shipley turned the corner and raced down the sideline for an 82-yard touchdown run to give Weddington a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
If you've watched just a few quarters of Weddington football this season, you know that was the ballgame.
An opposing offense has to score given the opportunity because there is no wiggle room with this Weddington defensive unit.
Two Shipley first-quarter touchdowns would lead the way to a 35-7 halftime lead, and the Warriors would cruise the rest of the way to a 49-14 3AA West Regional Championship win.
Shipley rushed for over 150 yards and scored two touchdowns, Earlier in the day, the junior five-star running back was named the NC Gatorade Player of the Year.
Next up, the East's #1 Lee County Yellow Jackets in the 3AA State Championship game in Raleigh on Saturday evening.
Below, game highlights including postgame celebration and award ceremony.
Thanks once again to Ashleigh Mock for the fantastic photo used for this post. Check out her whole collection from the game on her website.