WEDDINGTON — There has been simply no stopping Kyle Parsons of late.

The senior running back for the Weddington High football team has kicked it into another gear with the Warriors battling in the 4A state playoffs. On Friday, Parsons’ tough running led Weddington to a 34-21 home win over county rival Cuthbertson in the third round of the 4A state tournament.

The Warriors improved to a Union County-best 12-1, and they are the last high school football team still standing in UC.

“We started faster than what we had previously,” head coach Andy Capone said. “We just have to continue to push to score touchdowns, not field goals, but whenever you can get points, it’s a positive. Defensively, I thought we played well, played hard. Obviously, you play some teams so often that they’re going to know what we like to do. It’s tough beating a team multiple times in a season, but overall it was a good win for us, and we’re excited to be moving on to the next round.”

Weddington opened the scoring on the game’s first drive with a 37-yard field goal by senior Matthew Moonan and never looked back. The Warriors built a 10-0 lead after one quarter and outscored the Cavaliers, 24-21, the rest of the way.

Parsons carried the ball 21 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns against Cuthbertson. Over the past five weeks, Parsons has totaled 1,014 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on just 111 carries. Before this stretch, the Wofford football commit had 566 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 117 carries over Weddington’s first eight games of the season. He now has 1,580 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

“It’s been special to watch,” Capone said. “Kyle’s one of the best kids you’ll be around. He’s super humble, and he’s waited his turn. I told him at the beginning of the year, ‘Just wait your turn. It’s going to come for you.’ We just had to grow up as a team. The offensive line had to grow up. They started playing a lot better since we got into conference, but Kyle has really turned it on. To be able to carry the workload he has been able to do, it just shows how tough he is and shows how much work he put in during the offseason in the weight room to be able to shoulder the load that he has.”

Two years ago, as a sophomore on Weddington’s 2019 state championship team, Parsons totaled 492 yards and six touchdowns while backing up five-star prospect Will Shipley, who is currently a freshman on the Clemson football team.

This past spring, during the COVID-shortened season, Parsons totaled 420 yards and five touchdowns on 43 carries. For his career, Parsons currently has 2,655 and 31 touchdowns on the ground.

This year’s Weddington offense hasn’t been a one-fiddle act, however, as quarterback Grady Brosterhous has thrown for 2,234 yards and 21 touchdowns against four interceptions through the air.

Weddington will have its hands full with its next opponent, though, as it prepares to host defending 4AA state champion Chambers, which went by Vance High before this school year.

Chambers defeated Porter Ridge, 28-10, in the third round of 4A tournament on Friday. For the season, the Cougars have allowed their opponents to score an average of 14.1 points per game.

“Offensively, we have to not turn the ball over,” Capone said. “You look at their defensive stats, they had like 12 defensive touchdowns and 26 turnovers caused, and that was just during the regular season. We can’t give them extra possessions. That’s the biggest thing.”

Weddington hosts Chambers this Friday night with a spot in the west regional finals on the line. If the Warriors are victorious, they will play the winner of Hough and East Forsyth next Friday.

Cuthbertson, meanwhile, sees its season end at 6-7 overall. The Cavaliers will lose 18 seniors over the offseason, including leading rusher Carson Hegele, senior receivers A.J. Colombo (51 catches, 724 yards, five touchdowns) and Thomas Stamper (29 catches, 465 yards, six touchdowns), offensive lineman Trevor Tate and defensive standouts Anthony Goodloe, Denzel Aligwekwe and Isaac Rieken.