The playoffs set up to give the Weddington Warriors an oppertunity to avenge a 36-point loss to Charlotte Catholic in Sep- tember, but it didn’t work out that way. It was a similar result instead, with the Cougars advancing to the state semi- finals with a 42-7 win. The SCC Champion Cougars (14-0) scored on their opening drive, and built a 21-0 lead with touchdown runs of 3 and 33 yards from Lamagea McDowell and Catholic senior Milan Howard scored from a yard out after a turnover to push the lead to 28-0. Weddington avoided the shutout when junior quar terback Whitner Litton threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Max Brimigion, who finished the year with 16 touchdown catches. The Warriors managed 140 yards of total offense. Litton finished the night 6-of-11 for 130 yards and a touchdown. Litton did turn the ball over twice, as well. In addition to Brimigion’s 69-yard TD catch, Wed- dington sophomore Dusty Mercer caught three passes for 40 yards. Defensively, senior Branson McGee led the Warriors with nine tackles, while Trey Als- brooks had eight tack- les and Lucas Rogers had six stops.