The first thing Chapel Hill Middle coach Wynne Lougher did when he finally spoke to his team following Tuesday’s win was thank the defensive unit.
“They really saved our tails in this game,” Lougher said.
Chapel Hill stopped Mason Creek in the red zone on a couple occasions to preserve a 6-0 win in the regular season final for both teams.
The win also secured the No. 2 spot in next week’s playoffs as Chapel Hill will host Mason Creek in the first round.
Stewart is the top seed and will host Fairplay in the other first round game.
“It was a good physical game by both teams,” Mason Creek coach Brad Jackson said. “We will go back and make a few adjustments for next week. We have had a good season and our goal is to win it all. We are definitely motivated for next week.”
The Wildcats finished the regular season at 6-1 while Mason Creek is 5-2 heading into the playoffs. Both team lost to Stewart in the season.
The games only score came on a 50-yard touchdown run by Jaylen Slade on the Wildcats’ first possession of the game in the first quarter.
Slade, who also plays defensive back, was quick to credit the defense for Tuesday’s win.
“The defense did a great job,” he said. “We really have to give it to the defensive line for putting pressure on them all night. Mason Creek is a good team and we look forward to playing them next week.”
Late in the fourth quarter, the Wolves threaten to score but Chapel Hill defense made a stop inside the 10 on four plays.
Wolves running back Chandler Harris made a 30-yard reception to the Chapel Hill 10-yard line. However, on fourth down, Chapel Hill’s Amir Johnson and Zacharia White made a sack to turn the ball over on downs.
From there, the Wildcats ran out the clock.
Just before the half, the Wildcats defense made another big stop. Harris got the Wolves down to the five but Slade saved Chapel Hill with a near interception at the buzzer.
“This was just another step in the right direction for the team as we get ready for the playoffs,” Lougher said. “We know both teams held back some things, and we did enough to win the game. I know we will both have a little more tricks up our sleeves as we try to get to the championship.”