RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Dinkin Miller rushed for 211 yards and a
touchdown to help West Rowan beat Eastern Alamance 34-7 on Saturday
for the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association
B.J. Sherrill ran for one touchdown and passed for another score
for the Falcons (16-0), who knocked off Eastern Alamance in the
state final for the second year in a row. West Rowan won its third
consecutive state title and extended its winning streak to 46
"Winning never gets old," Sherrill said. "As long as we're
winning, we're happy."
Javonte Ellison rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown for the
Eagles (13-3), who trailed 14-7 at halftime.
The Falcons played the second half without Sherrill, who
suffered a concussion in the second quarter shortly after throwing
a 68-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Morgan.
"We lost our best offensive football player midway through the
second quarter, but I can't say enough about how these kids have
such high character," West Rowan coach Scott Young said. "Our
guys really answered the bell tonight."
Miller, the game's MVP, broke two tackles during a 54-yard
touchdown run on West Rowan's first offensive play of the second
half. He added a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter that set up a
3-yard touchdown plunge by Desmond Jackson.
The Falcons outgained Eastern Alamance in total yards 410-135,
including a 304-36 advantage in rushing yards. The Eagles netted
minus-1 yard on 22 offensive plays in the second half.
West Rowan forced three turnovers, came up with six sacks and
prevented the Eagles from converting any of their 12 third downs
during the game.
"West Rowan just pinned their ears back and put it on us,"
Eastern Alamance coach John Kirby said. "We had a hard time
blocking them. They've got that combination of big, fast and
strong, and we didn't do a very good job of handling them up