On Friday night in Waxhaw, Weddington downed Marvin Ridge, 23-18, to win the Southern Carolina Conference championship, the team's third straight, and in the process have extended their conference winning streak to 23 games.
Weddington wasted little time in making their presence known to the Marvin Ridge home crowd. Twenty minutes after the Warriors stepped off their team bus, Weddington's Landyn Backey returned the opening kickoff to midfield, and the boys in kelly green and navy blue were in business.
Weddington's opening drive would be the script for the majority of the first three quarters. The Warriors ran the ball effectively all night, consuming the clock and wearing down a strong Marvin Ridge defense.
Defensively, Weddington bottled up and pressured Evan Medders, one of the best young quarterbacks in the county. The Mavericks battled poor field position and their inability to move the chains for much of the game. That's a bad combination for a talented Mavericks' defense needing a breather.
A breather was something everyone in attendance needed in the game's final minutes, watching four touchdowns in four minutes.
After Matthew Moonan knocked in his third field goal at the 8:31 mark of the fourth quarter putting Weddington up, 16-0, Marvin Ridge's offense came to life, scoring two touchdowns (including an 85-yard bomb from Medders to Luke Raykovicz on a 4th and 17) to close their deficit to 16-12.
Ten seconds after the Mavs second touchdown, Weddington's senior running back Kyle Parsons answered back with a 38-yard run, untouched into the endzone, Parsons' second TD of the game extending Weddington's lead 23-12 with 2:37 remaining.
The Mavs' late offensive surge continued when Medders found Raykovicz again, this time an 87-yard TD connection tightening the score at 23-18 Weddington. A third consecutive Marvin Ridge onside kick was pulled in by Weddington, sealing the game and the conference.