Grayson Willingham rolled out 11-yards for a 24-21 lead with only 24 seconds left.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Weddington traveled to Cuthbertson on Friday night for their state semi-finals re- match against the Cavaliers. After defeating South Iredell in back-to-back weeks then dismantling A.C. Reynolds, 45-18, the Warriors made the journey to Asheville where they would beat the Cougars 28-23 to set up this epic re-match.
After the first 12 minutes of action Cuthbertson led Weddington, 14-7. That’s when Zach Goins pulled down his second touchdown of the game to tie it up right before the half.
After a third quarter that was filled with miscues by both sides, Cuthbertson and Weddington were still knotted at 14.
The Warriors were able to turn an early fourth quarter turnover into points as Mr. Automatic, Keith Duncan nailed a chip shot to give Weddington a 17-14 lead with 7:48 to play.
It didn’t take long for Cuthbertson to respond as BJ Muckelvene caught a quick pass and rumbled for a huge gain that would take him to the Cavalier 16-yard line. Just two short plays later, Cuthbertson would punch it in for a 21-17 lead.
With 2:05 left in the game, it was up to Grayson Willingham, Chris Trevisan and Zach Goins to make sure there dream of a state championship stayed alive.
Facing an improbable third-and-fourteen, Grayson Willingham found Chris Trevisan for a first down. With 58 seconds left to go in the season, Zach Goins pulled in the most important catch of his career at the Cavalier 23-yard line.
After a Cuthbertson sack that drove Weddington back to the 29-yard line, the Warriors faced another third and a miracle.
Following said miracle, Chris Trevisan caught a Grayson Willingham pass that took them down to the Cuthbertson 17-yard line.
After a fourth-down conversion by Weddington, Grayson Willingham rolled out 11-yards for a 24-21 lead with only 24 seconds left.
Weddinton would go on to win the game earning its first trip to the 3AA State Championship. The Warriors will face Northern Guilford in Raleigh on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.