Mount Tabor defeated Weddington last night in Winston-Salem, 21-10, knocking the Warriors out of the playoffs and ending the team's 33 game winning streak and back-to-back state championships titles.
Mount Tabor opened the scoring at the 5:30 mark of the first quarter with a 26-yard touchdown pass. Weddington struck back in the second quarter when senior quarterback Dante Casciola hit Landyn Backey in the endzone to tie the game at 7 with four minutes to play before halftime.
Weddington grabbed their only lead of the game, 10-7, when kicker Matthew Moonan connected on a 35-yd field goal at 9:32 of the third quarter.
Mount Tabor went ahead, 14-10, scoring the eventual game-winning touchdown early in the 4th quarter on a 1-yard run.
The loss ends Weddington's historic 33-game winning streak that spanned over three seasons and included back-to-back 3AA Championship titles. Weddington amassed nine shutouts over that time, six of those coming during a ten-game stretch in 2019. The Warriors outscored their opponents, 1,569 to 363, which broken down over that stretch meant that Weddinton's offense averaged 47.5 points per game, with their defense holding opponents to 11 points per game.
As a county, we most likely will never see another team dominate in all areas of the game as we have seen from Weddington over the last three seasons. It was a remarkable run produced by head coach Andy Capone, his staff, and a collection of intelligent, hardworking student-athletes dedicated to one goal, winning.