In Wendell, Union Pines started strong, but it was Corinth-Holders that finished strong as the Pirates beat the Vikings 29-13 in the first round of the state 3AA East playoffs.
On Union Pines second possession, quarterback Ben Bowbliss had a 95-yard touchdown run. The sophomore added a 24-yard touchdown pass to Demarius Hampton later in the first quarter to give the Vikings a 13-6 lead.
Bowbliss finished the night with 149 rushing yards on 10 carries. He completed 3 of 10 passes for 45 yards. Hampton caught 4 passes for 88 yards, and the Vikings finished with 282 yards of total offense.
Corinth-Holders (9-3; 4-1) had passing touchdowns of 55, 51 and 29 yards, and a rushing touchdown of 1 yard. The Yellow Jackets also picked up 2 points from a Viking safety on a blown punt play.
No. 14 seed Union Pines finishes the season 6-6.