VALDESE — The Burke County Recreation Department’s youth football championship games are set for next Saturday at Freedom High School after six semifinal playoff games were contested on Saturday at Draughn High School.


W.A. Young 20, Mull 14

McKynley Miller set the pace for W.A. Young in the first Pony Division playoff game, rushing for scores of 44 and 59 yards. Mason Black also added a 13-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats.

Trevon Norman scored two rushing touchdowns for the Mustangs from 7 and 14 yards away.

Oak Hill 12, Valdese 0

The first quarter was scoreless between the Bulldogs and the Tigers in the second Pony Division semifinal game until a 43-yard run by Greyson Lyerly put Oak Hill on the board.

Jazion Burgess added a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, also recording a tackle for loss on defense.


W.A. Young 26, Oak Hill 6

The Wildcats placed a second team in next weekend's championship round after Jet Chatman scored three rushing touchdowns from 50, 21 and 15 yards out. Jontae Eversole (2 yards) also scored a rushing touchdown for W.A. Young. Caden Reid (2 TFL) was the Wildcats’ leading defender.

Jalen Mills scored on a 17-yard run for Oak Hill and Noah Francis grabbed a third-quarter interception.

Mull 30, Valdese 0

Ryder Huffman scored four rushing touchdowns to lead the Mustangs, including first-quarter runs of 10 and 15 yards. Huffman capped Mull's scoring with a 94-yard third-quarter run.


Glen Alpine 46, Valdese 0

Five different players scored for the Greenwaves, leading to a shutout win over the Tigers. Kevon Mack (1 and 21 yards) scored two touchdown runs for Glen Alpine, followed by Tyler Brown (26), Kaleb Pearson (9), Amare Williams (7) and Eddie Branch (38).

Pearson also grabbed an interception to lead the Greenwaves’ defense.

Oak Hill 46, W.A. Young 0

Jaylen Burgess set the tone for the Bulldogs in clinching the last championship slot, forcing a fumble on the Wildcats’ first drive and catching two touchdown passes from quarterback Dante Tillery.

Jay Jacobs (14 yards), Tillery (25), Kobe Johnson (20) and Bryson Chapman (32) each added to Oak Hill's score with rushing touchdowns.

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