East Lincoln freshman Chaz Surratt’s four touchdowns lifted the Mustangs to a 31-14 win over the Madison Patriots on Friday and earned the team the 2A West Regional Championship and a trip to the 2A state championship game against Tarboro on Saturday at Wake Forest University.
Surratt (135 total yards) scored two touchdowns on pass receptions, one on a 41-yard rush and one on a 35-yard interception return — his second game in a row with a pick-six.
Madison put East Lincoln (15-0) in a 7-0 hole less than four minutes into the first quarter after a 25-yard run by quarterback Tyler Rogers.
East Lincoln quarterback Garrett Young connected with Surratt for a 43-yard score with two minutes left in the first period to tie the game at 7-7.
The Mustangs took a 17-7 lead into the halftime break after Young hit Surratt with a 14-yard scoring strike two minutes into the second period and senior kicker Cory Peterson converted a 31-yard field goal attempt with 30 seconds left in the half.
Surratt scored his interception-return touchdown with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter to put the Mustangs ahead 24-7, and scored his 41-yard rushing touchdown two minutes before the start of the fourth quarter.
Madison (13-2) scored its final touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Rogers to junior wide receiver Cole Cuthbertson.
The Mustangs’ win on Friday pits them against the undefeated Tarboro Vikings (14-0), the three-time defending 2A state champions, at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field on Saturday.
Young finished Friday’s game with 13 completions out of 25 attempts with one interception for 118 yards, a season low. East Lincoln’s rushing offense racked up 191 yards on 28 carries with senior Marquis Pharr and Surratt both posting 78 rushing yards to lead the team.
Surratt’s four pass receptions for 67 yards led the Mustangs’ receivers. Senior Jesse Earnhardt had five receptions for 30 yards and senior Tyler Brock had two receptions for 22 yards.
Young’s performance on Friday vaulted him past the 3,500 passing yards mark for the season. He now has 208 completions out of 320 attempts for 3,555 yards and 45 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Surratt surpassed the 1,000 receiving yards mark for the season against Madison and now has 52 receptions for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Scott McMichael led East Lincoln on defense with 12 tackles, bumping his season numbers to 157 tackles, one sack, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and a tackle for a loss. Sophomore Christian Tyson-Bryant had 10 tackles, three sacks and two tackles for a loss.
The Patriots were led on offense by Tyler Hoffman’s 19 carries for 59 yards. Rogers completed 11 of his 21 pass attempts for 64 yards with an interception. Cuthbertson and Corey Kent each had 23 receiving yards.