In the night cap up at NC State, the 2AA state title game came down to Monroe and Bunn. At least Monroe showed up and they showed out in a big way.
No, they were not as dominate as Mallard Creek and Shelby in their title games, but they were pretty close in the first half.
At the break, the Redhawks led 21-0 and it could have been worse. Monroe fumbled away a TD going in in the first quarter and in the second quarter, dropped a sure TD.
But for the few mistakes Monroe made, the Redhawk defense just took it out on Bunn.
At one point in the first half, they averaged 1 yard per play. They would finish the half with 33 plays and gained 91 yards. That's 2.75 yards per play. You won't beat anyone like that.
Monroe would have 2 sacks, 1 interception, and held Bunn to 1 for 7 on 3rd downs. At the half it was pretty much over.
2nd play of the 2nd half, the game was done as Wall threw to McManus on a 60 yard TD.
In the end Monroe would win 38-19 to win the program's first ever football state championship.
Junior QB Zephaniah Wall was the game's MVP after throwing for 283 yards and 4 TD.
How much does this mean to this community? Coach Johnny Sowell had to fight back the tears as he finally put his hands on that trophy for the first time as a head football coach.
Congrats to the Monroe Redhawks as they finished their best season ever at 16-0.
Great night here in Raleigh as all our area teams won big.
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