Northwood allowed a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and immediately answered it with one of its own Friday night against Oxford Webb. The return gave the Chargers a lead they would not relinquish in a 33-21 3-A Big Eight Conference win on homecoming.
The long non-conference season for PAC-6 4-A football teams comes to an end tonight — and it couldn’t have come at a more auspicious time for a mostly-struggling half dozen, all coming off bye weeks. In other games tonight, Big Eight 3-A Conference powers Southern and Cardinal Gibbons meet in Raleigh with a share of first place on the line. Other Big Eight matchups include Northern Vance at Chapel Hill, Cedar Ridge at co-leader Orange and Oxford Webb at Northwood.
Chargers romp to road win as Pinnix throws for 342 yards
Orange free safety J.D. Brooks played like he had a tracking device on the football, pulling down two first-half interceptions that led to touchdowns and allowed the Panthers to build a 13-point halftime lead and end with a 41-21 Panthers win in the Big Eight Conference.
Perfection is on the line tonight as 4-0 Orange travels to Pittsboro to meet 4-0 Northwood in the Big Eight 3-A Conference showdown of the season. Orange is ranked No. 8 in the state among 3-A programs and Northwood No. 25 by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. ...The game is one of 13 games involving area teams on tap tonight. Only three others — Greensboro Dudley at Northern, Chapel Hill at Oxford Webb and Bartlett-Yancey at Roxboro Person — will be played in the area, the rest are on the road.
“Intense” is the word Northern High coach R.J. Wilson uses to describe the Knights’ football rivalry with crosstown rival Southern which will be renewed at 7 Friday night at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Southern alum and coach, Adrian Jones, says the Northern rivalry is more special to him than his players — “Hillside came in and took over the rivalry for the players,” Jones said. “But the game means a lot to me and I talk to my players about it a lot.” The rivalry has involved emotional investment with little return for the Knights of late. Northern has lost 10 straight in the series, winning its last game in 2002, according to Jones. ... Game-by-game breakdowns of all of Friday night's area football games.
As part of the celebration of its centennial, the N.C. High School Athletic Association has named its “100 To Remember: Male Athletes,” highlighting the top 100 male athletes in state high school history. ... Also, Northwood football aide Brian Harrington replaces basketball coach Donald Williams.
Undefeated Northwood took wounded Carrboro to the woodshed 41-19 behind its big three of Ti Pinnix, Kadarus Rone and Jalen Smith at Falcons Stadium on Friday night.
Game results are updated throughout the night.
Girls' tennis, volleyball, field hockey, boys' soccer ...