Top Three: Panthers, Pam Pack advance
Washington routed South Granville, 35-0, at home in the first round of the 2AA state playoffs, while Northside hung on for a 35-34 win at Rosewood in the 1A first round. There were plenty of outstanding individual performances to help keep the season alive.
- James Gorham-the Northside senior running back broke loose for 214 yards rushing, 195 in the first half, and scored four touchdowns in the Panthers win at Rosewood. His longest run from scrimmage was 70 yards and he averaged over 21 yards per carry.
- Hayes Pippin-the Washington junior quarterback completed seven of his.11 passes for 144 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown strike to Juan Rosario in the Pam Pack’s home victory. He also ran three times for 44 yards, including a 28-yard scoring run.
- Zion Wilson-the senior offensive and defensive lineman iced Northside’s one-point win when he blocked a Rosewood field goal with less than a minute to play. The Panthers ran out the clock and advanced to the second round.
Honorable Mention-Northside senior Tyler Modlin ran 10 times for 103 yards and a touchdown, with a long run of 45 yards. Senior lineman Fred Taylor led the Panthers with 10 solo tackles. Junior Terry Moore led the Washington ground attack with 151 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Senior Walt Gerard had seven solo tackles and assisted on eight others with six tackles for loss. The Pam Pack defense allowed South Granville only four first downs, 103 total yards and zero points after the Vikings came in averaging 34 points a game.