ITASCA — The Dragons just keep sizzling, as Morgan Whitfield ran for three touchdowns and Adrian Benitez fired three TD passes in an area-round, mercy-rule victory over Oakwood.

Iredell (10-2) snatched control from the outset, building a 24-0 lead after one quarter. Whitfield’s running was big-time throughout the night, as the junior had TD jaunts of 62, 21 and 34 yards.

But the Dragons also scorched Oakwood (7-5) through the air, as Benitez twice found Colton Fowler for scores and also connected with Micah Wellborn on a 53-yard strike. Benitez’s final TD toss to Fowler, from 28 yards away, clinched the mercy-rule win.

Iredell will face Milford (12-0) in the Region IV-1A Division II final next week.

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