Despite being bothered by a knee injury for much of the game, Matthews (N.C.) Butler two-star safety Channing Stribling continued his habit of making critical plays in big games with a touchdown grab and interception to help the Bulldogs down Jack Britt 56-28 in the North Carolina 4AA state title game.
Trotwood (Ohio) Madison four-star linebacker Mike McCray and St. Clairsville (Ohio) four-star linebacker Michael Ferns also appeared in state final action, but ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
Here is a more comprehensive look at how future Wolverines fared last week in prep action …
Patrick Kugler: Kugler was credited with four tackles, and his efforts at the line of scrimmage helped North Allegheny (14-0) gain 355 yards of total offense in a 56-6 playoff victory over McDowell … Kugler has made 31 tackles, including three for loss and one sack, and his blocking has set the tone for a Tigers' offense that is averaging 40.2 points and 409.5 yards per game this year … North Allegheny encounters Wilson in a Class AAAA semifinal clash Dec. 12.
Mike McCray: McCray stockpiled ten tackles, including two for loss, but Trotwood-Madision (12-3) was downed in the OHSAA Division 2 State championship game by Toledo Catholic Central 16-12 ... The four-star prospect finished his senior campaign with 115 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
Channing Stribling: Stribling persevered through a knee ailment to snag two passes for 23 yards (11.5 yards per reception) and one touchdown, and intercepted a pass to lead Butler (14-0) to a North Carolina 4AA state championship in a 56-28 demolition of Jack Britt.
Michael Ferns (2014): Ferns appeared only on offense because of a sprained knee, registering just one catch for seven yards, and St. Clairsville (14-1) was upended by Clinton-Massie 46-36 in the OHSAA Division 4 state title game … Ferns stopped 99 ball carriers, including eight for loss and two sacks, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble in 2012.
*The 2012 season had previously ended for OT Kyle Bosch, TE Jake Butt, DE Taco Charlton, CB Ross Douglas, WR Jaron Dukes, OT Chris Fox, LB Ben Gedeon, TE Khalid Hill, DT Maurice Hurst Jr., WR Da'Mario Jones, CB Jourdan Lewis, QB Shane Morris, DT Henry Poggi, RB Deveon Smith, ATH Wyatt Shallman, C Scott Sypniewski, DB Dymonte Thomas, OT Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT Denzel Ward and WR Csont'e York.