Cody Hardy

Parkwood senior Cody Hardy (44) played his final high school football game on Friday. Hardy, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end, had more than 200 tackles in his three-year varsity career.

Playing on the road in the second round of the 4A state playoffs, the Porter Ridge High football team pulled off a major upset by defeating Grimsley, 41-27, on Friday night.

Grimsley, which won the 2020 4A state championship, entered the game with a perfect 11-0 record and the No. 2 seed out of 32 teams in the region. Eighteenth-seeded Porter Ridge, winners of five straight, improved its record to 8-2.

Porter Ridge senior quarterback Myles Carroll threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more in the second round victory. The Pirates opened the scoring midway through the first quarter on a 64-yard pass from Carroll to sophomore Danny Kennedy.

By knocking off Grimsley, Porter Ridge advances to the third round, where it will play No. 10 seed Chambers on the road. Chambers is 11-1 and is the defending 4AA state champion in North Carolina.

Cuthbertson 31, Lake Norman 14

Cuthbertson took care of Lake Norman, 31-14, in the second round of the state playoffs on Friday night. The Cavaliers are seeded 27th and eliminated a higher seed for the second straight week.

The Cavaliers had 397 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Parker Burke was 14-of-21 for 265 yards, and threw a touchdown to senior Matthew Grant.

Burke had a rushing touchdown, and so did seniors A.J. Colombo and Carson Hegele in the victory. The final three points came on an 18-yard field goal by senior Jack Rudko.

Colombo had three catches for a team-high 82 yards, giving him 46 receptions for 659 yards on the year.

Cuthbertson, which placed fourth out of six teams in the SCC, improved its overall record to 6-6.

Cuthberston advances to the third round of the 4A state tournament; the Cavaliers will travel 4 miles to take on SCC foe Weddington.

The Cavaliers are 1-13 all-time against the Warriors and last defeated Weddington on Oct. 17, 2014 (42-38).

Forestview 20, Parkwood 17Forestview (7-5), seeded 25th, upset No. 9 Parkwood, 20-17, in Roughedge. The Wolf Pack trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter and could not complete the comeback.

Parkwood finishes its season at 6-3 overall. The Wolf Pack finished second in the Rocky River Conference during the regular season. Parkwood will graduate 12 seniors this offseason, including two-way standout Cody Hardy.

The Wolf Pack a strong nucleus of starters next season, including the trio of quarterback Cam Enos, running back Wisdom Holmes and receiver Isaiah Mobley — all three will be seniors when Parkwood return to the field in 2022.

East Gaston 41, Forest Hills 21Forest Hills’ 2021 season came to a close Friday with a 20-point loss to East Gaston in the second round of the 2A state playoffs.

The Yellow Jackets (7-5) fell behind, 21-7, at halftime but managed to cut the deficit to 27-21 at the end of the third quarter. East Gaston (8-4) scored two touchdowns in the final period to put the game away.

Forest Hills won more games this season (7) than it did in the previous two seasons combined (6). The Yellow Jackets are under the direction of head coach Jammie Deese.

Forest Hills will graduate 14 players over the offseason, including offensive lineman Rowen Starnes, who anchored the line at 6-foot-1 and 260 pounds.