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December 14, 2013

Andrews' Late Score Earns Title

In what looked like it could be an offensive shootout in the start of the game, the game was a defensive battle all the way Friday night for the 2AA State Championship between HP Andrews and Monroe.

The game started out slow the first three quarters but got highly interesting in the fourth quarter, as the two teams went back and forth late in the game. However, it was Andrews that had the last word in this game, as the Red Raiders secured a 2AA State championship Friday night, defeating Monroe 18-14.

Monroe started off the game with a great first drive, as Tre'Shun Wynn capped it off with a four yard touchdown. Monroe traveled 78 yards on their first drive to get the lead early, but Andrews wasn't going to have much after that.

Andrews was able to get on the board late in the second half, which really seemed to turn the tide and give the Red Raiders momentum going into halftime. Lamar Raynard was able to find Daquan Wade in the back of the endzone, but failed to convert the two point conversion, as Andrews was down 8-6 heading into halftime.

The defense for both teams played exceptional Friday night, limiting any big plays for each team for the most part.

The defensive battle continued midway through the third quarter, until Raynard was able to put on a nine play drive that covered 74 yards. Raynard was able to find his favorite receiver in Justin Lea for a 28 yard touchdown, giving Andrews their first lead in the game at the 6:03 mark in the third quarter, 12-8.

Heading into the fourth and Monroe struggling to move the ball at all, running back Chase Bynum put the team on his back and got into the endzone with a 12 yard touchdown run and six minutes left in the game.

By how both defenses were playing, one would have thought that was the game right there. Andrews and Raynard had a different view on how the game was going to go. With a little bit over a minute to go, Raynard rolled out from the Monroe 38 yard line and his eyes saw what they were looking for.

Raynard hit Carlos Manning for a 38 yard touchdown pass, as the defender had slipped just a little for Monroe, giving Raynard his opportunity. That 38 yard touchdown gave Andrews the lead with 1:02 to go in the game and eventually was the game winning score for the title.

It was a great battle between two of the best teams in the state and it was a shame one had to lose the game. Andrews got their revenge from last year's lost in the playoffs and they made history Friday night, finishing the season with a state title and a 14-1 season record.

Andrews finished the game with 315 yards total, with Marquell Cartwright rushing for 179 yards in the game and earning MVP. Raynard finished with 105 yards passing and three touchdowns in the game.

For Monroe, running back Bynum had 131 yards rushing and a touchdown, but his team just fell short.

Penalties will be a key factor look at, as several times both teams gave each other second chances or hurt themselves by pushing themselves in to long yardage situations.

Either way though, it was a great game between two teams that left it all out on the field.

Raynard won Most Outstanding Player for Andrews, as Bynum won the award for Monroe.

Check back throughout this weekend, as NCPreps will be covering all state championships with live updates and recaps throughout.

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