Shelby 28, Hibriten 21
It was Hibriten that ended Shelby's run of state championships a few years ago. Since then, Shelby has been waiting for revenge. They got it Friday night.
Hibriten hadn't lost since 2016 when Belmont South Point beat them en route to a state title.
The Panthers got a first quarter touchdown from McKinley Witherspoon, their star running back. Shelby matched it when quarterback Isaiah Bess tossed a 24-yard pass to Zandre Cherry in the second period. That came midway thru the second quarter. Three minutes later Bess and Cherry teamed up for a 53-yarder and Shelby led 14-7 at the half.
Shelby kicked off to Hibriten to start the second half and Witherspoon galloped 70 yards to tie the score after the EP kick.
After a Shelby punt on their first possession of the second half, Hibriten scored again on a 5-yard run by quarterback Jaylen Scott. The extra point kick made it 21-14.
The Golden Lions took the ensuing kickoff and marched 76 yards to tie the score with nine minutes left in the game.
The Panthers then made their way inside Shelby's 20-yard line, but missed a field goal attempt. The two teams exchanged punts and then, with under a minute left in the game, Shelby scored the winning touchdown on another Bess pass.
The win puts the Golden Lions in a familiar place--playing for a state title next Saturday against North Davidson. The game will be played at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.
Charlotte Catholic 30, Kings Mountain 7
The Mountaineers' season ended with a loss the the defending 3A state champ, Charotte Catholic.