Published: 12:00 AM, Sat Oct 22, 2011
Gray's Creek holds off Westover's upset bid, 27-15
Just when it seemed that Westover was poised to upset Gray's Creek on Friday night, one play changed everything and the rout was on.
Parker Williams had a game-changing interception and Ken McDowell ran for a 140 yards to help the Bears defeat the Wolverines 27-15.
Gray's Creek (9-1, 4-1) trailed late into the third quarter, but scored 21 unanswered points after Williams' interception, utilizing its talented backfield.
The Bears ran for 347 yards with Jonathan Chiles going for 124 yards and Tory Davis adding 90.
"We all share the ball well and we got the opportunities to do what we do," Chiles said.
Westover (2-8, 1-4) pleased its crowd on Senior Night, taking a 7-6 halftime lead. Henry Howard had 1-yard quarterback sneak and the defense stopped McDowell close to its goal line with 51 seconds before intermission.
The Wolverines were driving with 3:28 remaining in the third quarter until Williams stepped in front of a receiver and made his interception.
"I just wanted to do what I could to help the team win," Williams said.
Four plays later, McDowell burst through the middle of the line to score from 49-yards out and give the Bears a 14-7 lead with 2:06 in the third.
Gray's Creek would score touchdowns on its next two drives while forcing two three-and-outs from Westover.
The Bears outgained the Wolverines 395-204. Gray's Creek didn't have a turnover while forcing two from the Wolverines and only allowing three first downs after halftime.
"Westover is a very good team and records can be decieving," Gray's Creek coach David Lovette said. "I'm just glad we were able to get this victory."
Marquies Hall ran for 116 yards on 22 carries for the Wolverines. He also fumbled once, setting up the Bears' first touchdown.
Next Friday, Gray's Creek will host Overhills in a battle for a home game in the 3-A state playoffs. Westover will finish its season on the road against Western Harnett.