What a difference a week made for the Mason Creek team.
After sustaining a loss to Chapel Hill a week ago in the regular-season finale, the Wolves got some revenge on Tuesday in the semifinals of the county middle school playoffs.
With its 14-8 win at Chapel Hill High, Mason Creek returns to the title game for a second straight season.
“It is just amazing to play again for a championship,” said Wolves running back Chandler Harris, who scored both of the team’s touchdowns.
While Harris will get credit for both scores, he praised quarterback Myles Oliver for stepping up after the starting quarterback got injured.
Oliver replaced Marcus Guidry, who sustained an injury in the first half.
“Myles did an amazing job,” Harris said.
“He got the job done,” Wolves coach Brad Jackson said. “He didn’t expect to get into the game as the quarterback but he did the job.”
Mason Creek improved to 6-2 while Chapel Hill’s season ends with a similar record.
Mason Creek loss to Factory Shoals in last years championship game. The Wolves will meet Stewart on next week for the title.
The Wildcats won the game 8-0 last week to determine home field for Tuesday’s game.
Chapel Hill was without standout eighth-grade Jaylen Slade, who plays just about all the skill positions for the team. He had a hip injury that sidelined him for the game.
In last week’s game, Slade scored the only touchdown as the Wildcats stopped Mason Creek four times in the red zone at least week’s game.
“I think both teams opened it up a little this week,” Jackson said. “We knew we were going to play each other again. After we both had some injuries, I think we changed our game plans.”
Oliver is the quarterback that the Wolves have used this season.
Mason Creek starting quarterback Komari Frye was injured in an automobile accident after the fifth game of the season.
“We did this for Komari,” Harris said.
Harris scored on the Wolves first possession on a 29-yard run with 6:19 remaining in the opening quarter. The Wolves took an 8-0 lead after his two-point conversion run.
Harris scored again on an 8-yard run with 7:51 remaining in the second quarter, but the pass failed as Mason Creek lead 14-0.
Chapel Hill finally got on the scoreboard when Amir Johnson completed an 8-yard pass to Cameron Wright with 4:54 remaining in the second quarter.
The Wildcats trailed 14-6 after the two-point conversion run failed.
Chapel Hill trailed 14-8 after getting a safety when the Wolves punter stepped out of the back of the end zone with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter.
One final drive for Chapel Hill end with a penalty as they turned the ball over to Mason Creek with 36 seconds remaining.