Reddick Wins Offensive MVP, Title

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- Despite being known for his defensive prowess, it was Kevin Reddick's ability to find the end zone on offense that helped New Bern (N.C.) dethrone Charlotte (N.C.) Independence and earned him the Outstanding Offensive Player Award.

"I was aiming for the [Outstanding] Defensive [Player Award], but hey I got what I got and I'm happy with it and the win," Reddick said after defeating Independence 28-17.

Reddick, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, fills in at fullback for New Bern in short-yardage situations. Saturday he was called upon more than usual and he took advantage of every opportunity. He rushed 11 times for 46 yards and caught a pass for five yards.

Independence busted out of the gate with a 14-0 lead after just three offensive drives. While the performance brought back visions of the old dominant Independence, New Bern wasn't fazed.

"I told the boys to hold their heads up," Reddick said. "We've been down 20 [and came back]. I just told them to hold their heads up and we're going to get in this thing.

"I had a lot of confidence coming into this game. Whether we were down or up, I just knew we were going to keep fighting throughout the whole game."

The fighting began when New Bern countered with two unanswered Reddick touchdowns – a five-yard catch and a two-yard run – to bring the score to 14-13.

"It was real important to get those scores before the half," Reddick said. "It gave us intensity to go into half time with."

Meanwhile, the New Bern defense woke up holding Independence to just three points and 144 yards for the remainder of the game and even contributed to the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown.

"I think the D just stepped up," Reddick said. "We had a big goal line stand where we stopped them. We just stepped up the rest of the night. Holding them to 17 points, that's good for Indy."

Reddick ended the game with six tackles (two solo) including two for a loss, and two pass breakups.

Saturday marked the fourth time the Bears have met Independence in the State Championship Finals in the past seven years. In the three previous outings, the Patriots easily disposed the Bears by an average score of 44-15.

Following the game, Reddick will make his way to Spartanburg (S.C.) in preparation for the Shrine Bowl this coming Saturday.

Reddick has also scheduled his first official visit – January 11th to North Carolina.

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