LaChaston Smith scored his third touchdown with 19 seconds left to lift South Iredell to a 30-27 victory over Carrboro on Saturday night in the Class 2AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship game.
Smith, the game's MVP, finished with 152 yards rushing for South Iredell (14-2), which won its first-ever state championship in football.
Quarterback Alex McVeigh rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns for Carrboro (15-1), and his 12-yard scoring run with 2:37 left put Carrboro up 27-23.
Quarterback Davin King and Smith led South Iredell downfield, moving 62 yards in eight plays. King found Scott Miller for a 19-yard gain to the Carrboro 1, and three plays later, Smith scored the game-winner.
Smith had scoring runs of 26 and 2 yards in addition to his 1-yarder.
McVeigh also was 8-of-20 for 172 yards for Carrboro.