December 12, 2010

Butler, Phoebus, Hillside roll to titles

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State championship games are supposed to be the ultimate tests.

Sometimes they prove to be the ultimate coronation.

That was the case in North Carolina and Virginia, where three schools in the RivalsHigh Top 100 captured crowns in convincing fashion.

The North Carolina schools - No. 10 Matthews (N.C.) Butler and No. 79 Durham (N.C.) Hillside - shut out their opponents and won in big fashion.

The Virginia school - No. 23 Hampton (Va.) Phoebus - survived a mid-game breakdown before rolling to a dynasty-making triumph.

Here are their stories:

No. 10 Butler 44, Wake Forest Rolesville 0

Butler rolled to its second straight Class 4AA state title in convincing fashion.

But this season's undefeated team (16-0) was nothing like last year's 15-0 team as it unexpectedly had to replace its top quarterback and running back.

No problem.

Saturday's victory was the second-largest in state history - and largest by shutout.

Butler did it on offense (RB Jahwan Edwards ran for 170 yards and 3 TDs; QB Riley Ferguson threw for 129 yards and 2 TDs) and defense (Austin Stewart's 93-yard interception return was just part of the obviously dominating effort).

And it figures to have a decent shot at doing it again next year, with nine starters back on offense.

For a full game story on Butler-Rolesville, check out this in the Charlotte Observer.

No. 23 Phoebus 36, No. 45 Stone Bridge 17

A lot of teams would panic after giving up 17 points in three minutes in the second quarter to have a 13-0 lead become a 17-13 deficit.

Especially when it was up against a ranked team which is perennially a state power.

Not Phoebus.

The program laid claim to being the best in the state when it rallied for a 36-17 victory and its third consecutive Group AAA, Division 5 title. The victory increased Phoebus' state-record winning streak to 45 games.

"Everything we do, we expect to win," said versatile Phoebus senior Breon Key, who returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown. "It's just a sweet moment, especially for us seniors. It's not easy even though some might think it looks easy, and the coaches deserve a lot of credit because they do a great job preparing us. We were just trying go out with a bang, make history and get a three-peat."

Running back Tyree Lee was the stat star. Lee, the team's offensive spark all season, ran for 189 yards and three TDs to lead the way.

For a full game story on Phoebus-Stone Bridge, check out this in

No. 79 Hillside 40, Davie County 0

Quarterback Vad Lee threw for 264 yards and three TDs. Running back Jamall Williams ran for 83 yards and two more scores. The offense put 40 points on the board before halftime

The defense ended the game by stopping Davie County on the 3-yard line.

What more can you say?

Durham (N.C.) Hillside capped a 16-0 season by proving it's the dominate team in North Carolina Class 4A.

It's a rare double for coach Antonio King, who played on a state-championship team at the school.

"It's always been one of my dreams," he told the Raleigh News & Observer. "I wanted to get my high school to elite status, and I did that today."

For a full game story on Hillside-Davie County, check out this in the News & Observer.

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