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Rose defeats Grimsley in 4A Championship

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2005

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Greenville Rose 21, Grimsley 0

RALEIGH, NC - Maurice Weaver ran for 107 yards and a touchdown and Jonathan Williams ran for 94 yards and scored the game's first and last touchdowns to lead the Greenville Rose Rampants past the Greensboro Grimsley Whirlies 21-0 in the 4A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship at N.C. State University's Carter-Finley Stadium. Weaver was named most valuable player for Rose.

Rampants, who led by only 7-0 during the first three quarters, took control in the fourth quarter by getting a blocked punt to set up a touchdown and forcing three turnovers.

Rose forced a Whirlies punt from deep in Grimsley territory. Junior Scott Hodges broke through the Grimsley line and blocked the Gavin Segall-Abrams kick, setting the Rampants up at the Grimsley 24-yard line. Rose tailback Maurice Weaver ran in from 2 yards out with 5:58 left to play and the Rampants led 14-0.

On the next possession when Rose defender J.J. Bryant picked off a Robert Lane pass and returned it 31 yards to the Grimsley 4. Jonathan Williams scored two plays later from 3 yards out and Rose led 21-0 with 4:33 remaining.

Greenville Rose Rampants celebrate win.

Rampants become just the fourth team in NCHSAA history to win three straight state titles in the 4-A ranks. Wilson Fike won three in a row from 1967-69, Richmond County did it from 1988-90 and Charlotte Independence beat New Bern 38-19 on Saturday evening for its sixth straight crown.

Saturday's victory gave Rose its fourth state championship after previous teams won titles in 1975, 2003 and 2004.

The Rampants had 266 total yards of offense, including 211 on the ground. Their defense had three interceptions and a sack, forced two fumbles and held Grimsley to five first downs and 119 yards of total offense. Matt Board (10 tackles) was named Rose's defensive most valuable player.

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Rose defeats Grimsley in 4A Championship
Rose's QB scrambles.
photo by Gene Galin


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