Friday Night Finish:We went into the night with only Two Teams left and now we only have One, as Dudley Wins Big and Grimsley goes down hard

We began the night with just two teams remaining in the NCHSAA Football Playoffs, and now we only have ONE team left…The Dudley Panthers will carry the Guilford County Banner into next Friday night’s action…Dudley pounded Ledford, 53-10 and the Grimsley Whirlies fell hard to the Porter Ridge Pirates, 41-27…

The Grimsley Whirlies could not stop the Triple Option of Porter Ridge, and it sounds like the Ledford Panthers had no answer for the Dudley Panthers…I like seeing our Guilford County teams doing good, and I really don’t get much of a kick seeing teams from outside the county do well..Always have felt like we need to keep it all at home…

From what I was seeing on the FOX 8 Football Frenzy and on the WFMY Friday Football Fever, the Dudley Panthers were rolling tonight…Dudley was getting big plays from QB Jahmier Slade, RB Michael Shaw, RB/SB Rory/RJ Baker, and from WR Mehki Wall…Dudley was on the move this Friday night, and they will move on into Round Three of the NCHSAA Football Playoffs, next Friday night…

Kings Mountain upset West Charlotte, 27-17, and Dudley(11-1) will be hosting Kings Mountain(10-2) in Round Three of the playoffs next Friday night….

Grimsley(11-1) ran into a buzzsaw, and I’m not sure who knows how to stop that Triple Option that Porter Ridge runs…That offense took Grimsley to the cleaners…Still spinning after seeing Porter Ridge(8-2) run that show…Porter Ridge had their QB Myles Carroll, and then they had their big back Omarion Taylor, and then they had their speed back on the outside, Danny Kennedy…Grimsley really couldn’t stop any of these guys…Carroll ran that PR offense to near-perfection…His pitches were near perfect, and his passes were not too bad either…Taylor was the big power runner, and when Kennedy took off, it was almost impossible, for anyone to catch him….Carroll would run that ball up into the line, and he had very good blocking too….Taylor would be pounding the ball into the Grimsley defense…Porter Ridge also had a strong RB Stephen Zayachkowsky…You take those backs, Carroll, Taylor, Kennedy and Zayachkowsky, and they took Grimsley out….

The score got close a few times, but every time Porter Ridge got the ball, you knew the QB Carroll was going to pitch it or run it, or hand it off, but you never knew in advance where that ball was going, and nobody from Grimsley could stop the Pirates….Again Kennedy could fly, it was like he had been over at William Bradley’s Sports Performance Center, and Kennedy was shifty, and he was athletic…Taylor was just a bulldozer in there, and Zayachkowsky was almost running at you sideways….

Grimsley gave up several fumbles and there were interceptions, and overall, it was just a bad night for the Whirlies…

Big Congrats to the Dudley Panthers, and good luck to them next week, at home vs. Kings Mountain….

Here is how the scoring went in the Grimsley-Porter Ridge game….
Porter Ridge:PR scores on a 64-yard pass play from QB Myles Carroll to Danny Kennedy and the McAlister kick was good, making the score 7-0, Porter Ridge, with 7:21 to go in the First Quarter…Porter Ridge 7, Grimsley 0
Grimsley:Grimsley QB Alonza Barnett throws a 10-yard TD pass to Nolan Albright and with the Prago kick, Grimsley and Porter Ridge are all tied up at 7-7, with 6:29 left in the First Quarter…Grimsley 7, Porter Ridge 7
Grimsley:Grimsley gets a 1-yard run from RB Jeiel Melton, and Prago’s kick is good, and with 10:47 to go in the Second Quarter, our new score is, Grimsley 14, Porter Ridge 7
Porter Ridge:Carroll 6-yard run, and the McAlister PAT kick is no good, and with 6:27 left in the Second Quarter, our is:Grimsley 14, Porter Ridge 13
Porter Ridge:Carroll with a 14-yard pass to Tristan Stitt and the McAlister PAT kick is good, and with 3:42 left to play in the Second Quarter, our score is:Porter Ridge 20, Grimsley 14
Halftime Score:Porter Ridge 20, Grimsley 14
Grimsley:QB Barnett on a 1-yard run for the touchdown, and the Prago PAT kick is good, and with 8:28 to go in the Third Quarter, Grimsley goes up over Porter Ridge, 21-20…..
Porter Ridge:Carroll with a 29-yard pass to Kennedy for the TD, and with the McAlister kick, Porter Ridge now leads Grimsley, 27-21, with 5:12 to play in the Third Quarter…
Grimsley:Melton with an 8-yard run for the touchdown and the Grimsley PAT kick fails…With 10:42 left in the Fourth Quarter, Grimsley and Porter Ridge are all tied up at 27-27
Porter Ridge:QB Myles Carroll takes off on a 4-yard run for the touchdown, and the McAlister PAT kick is good, and with 7:21 to go in the football game, Porter Ridge takes a 34-27 lead over the Grimsley Whirlies
Porter Ridge:Omarion Taylor with the 17-yard run for the TD, and McAlister’s PAT kick is good…With 3:35 left to play, Porter Ridge leads Grimsley, 41-27
Final Score:Porter Ridge 41, Grimsley 27
Grimsley(11-1)/Porter Ridge(8-2)

The next time someone says something to you about the Triple Option, be sure to take then seriously….
For Porter Ridge, QB Carroll with 2 TD passes and 2 TD runs…Kennedy with 2 TD receptions…
For Grimsley, QB Barnett with a TD pass and a TD run…Melton with 2 TD runs…

1A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND SCORES
EAST
#1 Tarboro (10-1) 48, #16 Southeast Halifax (5-7) 7
#8 Perquimans (8-2) 38, #9 Riverside-Martin (6-4) 26
#5 Rosewood (6-2) 36, #12 North Edgecombe (6-6) 8
#4 Northampton County (9-2) 28, #20 Warren County (4-7) 0
#3 North Moore (10-1) 30, #14 Gates County (4-5) 8
#6 Pender (7-3) 54, #11 West Columbus (5-6) 6
#7 Southside (11-1) 50, #10 KIPP Pride (6-4) 0
#2 Northside-Pinetown (10-1) 69, #15 Hobbton (5-7) 20
WEST
#1 Eastern Randolph (10-0) 55, #16 Draughn (6-6) 20
#9 Murphy (8-4) 22, #8 Mountain Heritage (8-3) 10
#12 North Rowan (8-3) 34, #5 Thomas Jefferson (7-4) 28
#4 Robbinsville (8-3) 46, #13 Cherokee (6-5) 18
#3 Mitchell (10-2) 49, #14 Swain County (5-6) 14
#6 Thomasville (9-2) 34, #11 South Stokes (6-5) 0
#7 Starmount (8-4) 27, #10 Andrews (7-4) 20 (OT)
#2 Mount Airy (12-0) 48, #15 East Wilkes (5-7) 0

2A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND SCORES
EAST
#1 Princeton (11-0) 41, #17 Kinston (8-4) 31
#8 Nash Central (7-5) 13, #9 South Granville (5-7) 6
#5 St. Pauls (10-0) 44, #12 Roanoke Rapids (7-5) 36 (OT)
#4 Whiteville (11-0) 56, #13 James Kenan (6-4) 0
#3 Northeastern (11-0) 50, #14 John A. Holmes (8-3) 0
#11 Washington (11-0) 48, #6 Cummings (9-2-1) 40
#10 Wallace-Rose Hill (10-2) 56, #7 West Craven (6-4) 21
#2 East Duplin (11-1) 39, #15 Clinton (8-3) 22
WEST
#1 Shelby (11-1) 42, #17 Polk County (7-4) 20
#24 East Gaston (8-4) 41, #25 Forest Hills (7-5) 21
#5 Hendersonville (10-1) 38, #12 Burns (8-4) 13
#4 Reidsville (11-0) 56, #13 Chase (10-2) 24
#3 Maiden (12-0) 42, #14 West Lincoln (9-3) 0
#6 Salisbury (11-0) 49, #11 Bunker Hill (10-2) 0
#7 Monroe (8-1) 60, #10 J.M. Robinson (10-2) 29
#2 East Surry (11-0) 37, #15 Forbush (8-4) 20

3A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND SCORES
EAST
#1 Eastern Alamance (9-1) 21, #16 Havelock (7-4) 6
#8 Westover (10-1) 40, #9 North Brunswick (7-5) 21
#5 Lee County (9-3) 42, #12 Southern Nash (9-2) 24
#13 Jacksonville (9-2) 21, #4 Hunt (9-3) 20
#3 Seventy-First (12-0) 29, #19 Williams (7-5) 28 (OT)
#6 J.H. Rose (8-4) 34, #22 Terry Sanford (7-4) 28
#23 Scotland County (7-4) 41, #7 West Carteret (8-3) 21
#2 Northern Nash (11-1) 39, #15 Smithfield-Selma (8-4) 21
WEST
#16 South Point (9-3) 27, #1 Pisgah (10-2) 24
#25 Forestview (7-5) 20, #9 Parkwood (6-3) 17
#5 North Davidson (8-3) 31, #21 Hickory (7-5) 28
#4 Crest (9-2) 28, #20 West Rowan (7-4) 15
#3 Dudley (11-1) 53, #14 Ledford (8-4) 10
#11 Kings Mountain (10-2) 27, #6 West Charlotte (7-4) 17
#7 Hibriten (8-3) 27, #10 Concord (7-4) 14
#2 Statesville (11-0) 42, #18 East Lincoln (8-4) 3

4A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND SCORES
EAST
#16 Leesville Road (9-2) 19, #1 Richmond County (10-2) 14
#25 Knightdale (6-5) 26, #9 Pine Forest (10-2) 14
#12 Millbrook (11-1) 14, #5 Hillside (8-3) 8
#20 Rolesville (7-5) 69, #4 New Bern (10-2) 49
#3 Cleveland (10-0) vs. #19 Laney (9-2)
#6 Cardinal Gibbons (10-2) 56, #11 Heritage (10-2) 24
#7 Hoggard (11-1) 6, #10 South View (9-3) 0
#18 Panther Creek (9-3) 14, #2 Wake Forest (8-4) 13
WEST
#1 Hough (12-0) 42, #16 South Mecklenburg (9-3) 7
#25 Mallard Creek (6-4) 13, #9 Asheville (9-3) 12
#5 Glenn (9-2) 54, #12 Myers Park (8-4) 53
#13 East Forsyth (10-1) 17, #4 Ardrey Kell (8-3) 0
#3 Weddington (11-1) 41, #14 Marvin Ridge (8-3) 31
#27 Cuthbertson (6-6) 31, #22 Lake Norman (8-4) 14
#10 Julius Chambers (11-1) 42, #7 Hickory Ridge (9-3) 21
#18 Porter Ridge (8-2) 41, #2 Grimsley (11-1) 27