High School State Semi Finals
New Bern was looking to exact some revenge on Scotland County for ending the Bears season a year ago.
Josh Taylor got the scoring started with a 55 yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.
Then the defense was able to sack the Fighting Scots QB in the endzone for a safety that made the score 9-0 Bears.
But the Scots would answer with a drive that ended with their quarterback scampering for 35 yards to the endzone for a touchdown.
They missed the extra point and the Bears held a 9-6 lead at the half.
Taylor once again called his own number in the third quarter and ran 35 yards for a TD that made it 16-6 New Bern.
Scotland County would fumble on the Bears 2 yard line and Cody Purdie capped a 98 yard drive with a 2 yard touchdown plunge to make it 23-6 with less than 4 minutes to go in the game.
That would be the final and New Bern advances to the 4A State Championship Game which will be held at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Friday night at 7:30.
They will play Porter Ridge for the title.
Orange 7 Havelock 42
Orange had a chance to put the Rams in an early hole when they recovered a fumble in the first quarter with the game tied at 7.
They would not take advantage and the Rams made them pay for it.
Derrell Scott would score a TD with 3:06 left in the first half to make it 21-7 and the Rams never looked back.
Scott would punch one in from short yardage to start the second half to make it 28-7.
On the next possession Pharoh Cooper hit Scott with a screen pass that Derrell took 41 yards cutting across the field through the Panthers defense for another touchdown to make it 35-7.
Taylor Woods would cap the scoring with a nice run after the catch from Cooper to make it 42-7.
The Rams would defeat Orange by that score and they move on to the 3A State Championship Game at Grover Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Carrboro 21 Northside-JAX 14
Douglas Parrish of Carrboro scored to put the Jags up 7-0 early.
Northside had a hard time penetrating the Carrboro defense.
The Jaguars would get the ball and give it to Parrish again for a 14-0 lead.
Coach Bob Eason's son Trey would break a long one down the sideline for the first Monarch score of the game to make it a 14-7 contest.
But in the end the Jaguars would prove to be too much for Northside winning by a 21-14 score and the Monarchs first loss of the year ends their season one game shy of the state title game.
South Columbus 0 Tarboro 46
The Vikings would get an early touchdown from Travon Marshall and they would not look back from there.
They would blowout the Stallions 46-0 and advance to the 2A title game.
They will play East Lincoln at 11 a.m. Saturday morning in Winston-Salem at BB&T Stadium.
SW Onslow 35 James Kenan 13
DaMonta Winbush and Shak Pershey both had huge games against the Tigers defense.
The Stallions held a 35-7 lead at one point before surrendering a few points late to Coach Ken Avent's squad.
SW Onslow advances to the 1AA State Championship with a 35-13 victory.
They will face Swain County on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Carter-Finley in Raleigh.
Princeton 20 Plymouth 42
The Vikings had the hook and ladder pulled on them by the Bulldogs right before the half but that didn't slow them down in the second half.
Plymouth was able to pull away and beat the Princeton air attack 42-20 to advance to the 1A state final.
They will face Murphy at Carter-Finley Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.
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