After scoring on its first possession of the game, the Red Devils enjoyed another magical night on offense to clinch their first conference championship since 2004 with a 48-6 over the Vikings.
Red Springs (8-3, 5-0) has won five consecutive games and should receive a top seed in the NCHSAA 1AA playoffs as the outright Three Rivers Conference champions. Last season, the Red Devils lost at Wallace-Rose Hill in the third round.
“We’re glad we got the conference championship part out of the way,” Red Springs coach George Coltharp said. “We’re playing the waiting game now to see our draw. There’s a chance we could be at home throughout if a few things go our way.”
Quarterback Blake Greene completed 19-of-26 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns, two going to wideout Zach Leach who snared seven passes for 225 yards. Greene also ran for 111 yards and a score.
Tailback Jedarian Lesane went over 100 for the fourth time this season and scored two touchdowns. West Columbus’ score came in the first quarter on an interception return.
Bulldogs trample Tornadoes
ST. PAULS — Quarterback Kane Banner accounted for 190 yards of offense and three touchdowns Friday night as St. Pauls finished the regular season on a high note with a 54-8 win over cross-town rival Fairmont.
The Bulldogs (8-3, 3-2) led 40-0 at halftime and got two touchdowns from starting tailback Shawn Williams. St. Pauls awaits Saturday’s NCHSAA playoff bracket to see where it will end up in the 2AA classification. The Bulldogs are guaranteed at least one home game as the Three Rivers Conference’s top 2A seed.
Third-quarter flurry fuels Gators
LAKE WACCAMAW — For two quarters Friday night, South Robeson stayed in the game with East Columbus, the Three Rivers Conference's second-place team.
In a six-minute span to open the third however, a two-touchdown deficit swelled to five and the game was over.
"It's frustrating that you can play a great half then come out and do nothing in the second," South Robeson coach Stephen Roberson said. "We moved the ball a little bit, but in the third quarter, things just unraveled."
The Mustangs finished with four losses in league play Friday night after falling to the Gators, 56-6, on the road. South Robeson (3-7) will likely receive an at-large berth in the state playoffs and will find out its fate Saturday afternoon.