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12/2/2022 7:10:00 PM

Wayne Howard

East Lincoln 14, South Pont 7
     South Point kicked off to East Lincoln to start the game. East ran for a first down on the first play from scrimmage.  Three plays later, a pass from Tyler Mizell to Markell Clark gave East another first down.  Mizell then ran for 9 yds; and Christopher Daley II then ran for another first down into Red Raiders territory.  Mizell then completed a pass to Clark for another first down and a personal foul on the tackle got East to the South Point 19.  Mizell carried on the next play; Ben Cutter then ran to the 5-yd line and on first and goal, Daley ran for the night's first TD.  With three and a half minutes played, after Christopher Mileta's EP kick, the Mustangs led 7-0.

On South Point's first possession, the Raiders fumbled and East recovered the ball at the South Point 35.  Mizell then ran twice for first downs, the second run going to the Raiders' 13-yd line.  A three-yard run for Mizell was followed by a run by Cutter for no gain; then Mizell ran to the 7; on fourth down, Mizell threw to Cutter but the pass fell incomplete and South Point got the ball back at their own 7-yd line.

Cam Medlock ran to the South Point 47 and on the next play to the East 47.  On third and three at the East 47, Patrick Blee was tackled for a loss to the SP 49. When they didn't make another first down, East got the ball back.  A long pass fell incomplete on the last play of the first quarter.  East led at that point 7-0.  

East had to punt and South Point got the ball back deep in their own territory.  After they punted, East started in their own end of the field.  A pass to Jackson Beam and a run by Ben Cutter got the Mustangs back into the Raiders' territory with a run to the South Point 45.   Several plays later, a pass to Keandre Walker got the Mustangs to the 25.  On 4th down, Mileta attempted a 47-yd field goal, but the kick went wide left and South Point got the ball back at their own 20.  

After they made a first down, they punted and Markell Clark took a fair catch at his team's 20.  With only a minute left in the first half, East fumbled on first down but recovered the ball.  On third down at their 24, Mizell tried a long pass but it was incompete, but a defensive holding penalty gave East a first down at thei own 34 with 30 seconds left in the half.  On second down, Daley ran for a first down with 15 seconds left, but time ran out and at halftime, East led 7-0.

East kicked off to South Point to start the 3rd quarter, but they had to punt.  East made a first down; then Mizell ran for five yds to the Raiders' 49.  On third down, a pass to Jackson Beam left East a yard short.  After a timeout, on 4th and one, East faked a punt.  They didn't make the first down, but a penalty moved the ball to the South Point 31.  The Raiders had to punt and a long punt gave East the ball at their own 15.  After a penalty on South Point, a pass to Walker got the Mustangs close to a first down; then Daley ran to the East 35.  Daley then ran to the South Point 40.  A pss to Jackson Beam was too short.  A pas to Riley Shropshire got the Mustangs to the Raiders' 19.  Mizell ran to the 15.  Cutter then ran to the one-yd line and scored on the next play.  Mileta's kick made it 14-0.

South Point tried a pass and Walker returned it for what would have been another TD, but there was a block in the bsck penalty that brought the ball back into East Lincoln territory.  On the play, Walker was hit in the end zone and injured and limped off the field.  

The Mustangs tried another field goal but again, Mileta's kick sailed wide left.  Still, East led 14-0 going into the final period.

South Point, who like to run, started passing and got to the East 19.  Another pass got them to a first and goal at the one, and from there, Cam Medlock ran for the score, and Charlie Birtwistle's EP kick cut the lead to East Lincoln 14, South Point 7.

Clark returned the Birtwistle kickoff to the Mustang 16.  Daley then ran for a first down to the East 27.  Two short runs by Daley moved it to  the 34.  On third down, he ran for another first to the East 36.  On  third down, a fumble was recovered by South Point at the East 40.  With 4:27 left in the game, Blee ran to the East 35, but a holding penalty moved the ball back to the East 49.  A halfback pass was knocked away by Walker and with 4:!2 left on 3rd and 16, South Point ran to the 40.  On fourth down and eight, the Raiders called a timeout; then Marcel Johnson sacked Blee and East got the ball back at South Point's 43 with 3:12 left in the game.  Mizell ran to the Raiders' 35. Cutter then ran for another first down to the South Point 32.  With 2:19 left, Daley ran inside the 30.  With 1:37 left, on third down,  Daley ran for no gain.  On 4th and 9 with less than a minute left, a penalty moved the ball back to the South Point 34.  Mizell scrambled but got stopped at the Raiders' 22 and South Point had one more chance with no time outs.  A pss was incomplete, leaving 34 seconds to play.  Walker fell down on defense and Elijah Phifer caught a pass giving the Raiders a first down at the East 40.  Walker had to be helped off the field.  Blee completed a pass to the East 27 with 15 seconds left.  Blee was tackled for a loss, but a face mask penalty moved the ball to the East 12 with 7 seconds left.  Blee's pass was then intercepted by CUtter and the Mustangs won their 15th without a loss and will play next Saturday night at 7 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.  

Reidsville 32, Burns 14
     Reidsville kicked off to Burns.  When the Bulldogs had to punt, Reidsville started at their own 49.  A 51-yd pass gave Reidsville the first TD of the game and the extra point kick made it Rams 7, Bulldogs 0 four minutes into the game.

Burns' second possession also went nowhere and they punted again and Reidsville got the ball at their own 39.  Johnny Johnson intercepted a Reidsville pass and Burns got the ball back at their own 37; but then Reidsville intercepted a Ben Mauney pass and had the ball at the Bulldogs' 40-yd line.  The Ram drove to the Burns 25 as the first quarter ended with Reidsville leading 7-0.

As the second quarter began, Travis Coletrane, Jr. sacked the Rams QB at the Burns 35. Reidsville turned the ball over to Burns at their own 30, but then the Fams intercepted another Mauney pass at their 40-yd line.  They drove tot he Bulldogs 18 and then passed for another TD and with eight minutes left in the first half, the EP kick gave Reidsville a 14-0 lead.

Burns was still unable to generate much offense on their next possession and had to punt again.  With less than a minute left until halftime, Reidsville scored again with a 28-yd field goal and led 17-0.

With seconds left in the first half, Mauney ran to the Rams' 15.  With five seconds left until halftime, a pass to the end zone fell incomplete and Reidsville led 17-0 at the half.

After Burns kicked off to the Rams to start the second half, Reidsville had to punt.  Burns then drove for their first TD as Jeremiah Norrs ran six yds for a score.  Ansley Camacho missed the EP kick and it was 17=6.  

When Reidsville got the ball again, Burns recovered a fumble, but didn't score and had to punt.  Reidsville drove to the Burns 17 after a face mask tackle pentalty.  They scored  on a 10-yd run and led 24-6 after the EP kick.

Mauney completed a long pass to Thompson, but the Bulldogs had to punt and the Rams drove for another score.  A two-point EP conversion made it 32-6.  

A safety cut the lead to 32-8; then Mauney finally got a touchdown pass to Kamari Surratt with just over three minutes left.  A two-point EP try was no good.  

Burns attemped an on-side kick, but Reidsville got the ball.  The final score: Reidsville 32, Burns 14.  

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#1 Tarboro (13-1) 35, #3 Rosewood (10-5) 7
#4 Mount Airy (14-1) 35, #6 Draughn (13-2) 6

#2 East Duplin (14-1) 28, #12 Wallace-Rose Hill (12-3) 26
#1 Reidsville (14-1) 32, #3 Burns (13-2) 14

#1 Northern Nash (15-0) 23, #3 Seventy-First (14-1) 22
#4 East Lincoln (15-0) 14, #11 South Point (13-2) 7

#2 New Bern (15-0) 35, #12 Millbrook (13-2) 27
#1 Grimsley (15-0) 28, #6 Weddington (13-2) 27

NCHSAA Football State Championships Schedule

Friday, December 9, 2022 @ 7:00 PM | 4A Championship | Kenan Stadium – UNC-Chapel Hill
#2 New Bern Bears (15-0) vs. #1 Grimsley Whirlies (15-0)

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 11:00 AM | 2A Championship | Kenan Stadium – UNC-Chapel Hill
#2 East Duplin Panthers (14-1) vs. #1 Reidsville Rams (14-1)

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 3:00 PM | 1A Championship | Carter-Finley Stadium – NC State University
#1 Tarboro Vikings (14-1) vs. #4 Mount Airy Granite Bears (14-1)

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 7:00 PM | 3A Championship | Carter-Finley Stadium – NC State University
#1 Northern Nash Knights (15-0) vs. #4 East Lincoln Mustangs (15-0)

The East Lincoln game will be broadcast on WCSL Radio (1590AM, 92.9FM) and online at; and on WLON Radio (1050AM, 107.5FM).  It will also be televised by Charlotte tv station WCCB-TV (over-the-air channel 18.1).

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