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Cross denies McCormick Class A state title

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COLUMBIA — Devante Shepherd ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns to lead Cross to a 38-26 victory over McCormick to capture its first Class A Division II state championship

Shepherd scored on a 7-yard run with 2:18 left in the first quarter and added an 11-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds to play in the period. He had a 66-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

Dionte Evans returned the second-half kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to give the Trojans (11-3) a 20-0 lead, but the Chiefs (11-3) rallied with three third-quarter touchdowns and trailed 32-20 heading into the fourth quarter. The teams combined for 348 yards and 40 points in the third quarter.

Evans scored on a 29-yard run to put the game out of reach with 1:29 left.

Jalen Adams had 116 rushing yards for the Chiefs, and Jay Weaver rushed for 128 on nine carries but was only 2 for 11 passing for 40 yards.

DIVISION I

CHRIST CHURCH 27, JOHNSONVILLE 18

Christ Church scored nine points in eight seconds in the fourth quarter to beat Johnsonville and cap an unbeaten season.

A snap over the head of the Johnsonville punter gave the Cavaliers (14-0) a safety. Quan White returned the ensuing free kick 51 yards for a touchdown with 3:13 to play, virtually sealing back-to-back state titles for the Cavaliers.

Christ Church led 10-6 at halftime. But Johnsonville (13-1) scored on a 17-yard run by Brison Allison and a 73-yard run by Tushai Edwards to take an 18-10 lead.

Christ Church then tied it on a 1-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion.

To reach the championship game, Christ Church defeated C.A. Johnson, St. Joseph’s and Ware Shoals.


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