An outstanding season came to an improbable end for Northwood Friday as the 9-3 10th-seeded Chargers turned the ball over six times and were routed by No. 7 seed Northern Guilford (11-1) 56-26 on the road.
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Northwood romped over Cardinal Gibbons 31-6 on a night that their offense wasn’t even firing on all cylinders, but Coach Bill Hall assured he would take care of those miscues this week in practice headed into Friday’s 3-A state playoffs.
Reigning state champion Southern won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night, handing Orange its first loss of the season 27-23 en route to the Big Eight 3-A Conference championship and likely the No. 1 seed in the state 3-AA playoffs.
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Southern 27, Orange 23
Northern 34, Riverside 22
Chapel Hill 42, Cedar Ridge 30
Hillside 57, Roxboro Person 0
Northwood 31, Cardinal Gibbons 6
Granville Central 42, Northwest Halifax 0
South Granville 14, Roanoke Rapids 0 ...
Reidsville 56, Carrboro 6 ...
Northern Vance 36, Oxford Webb 19
“We tried to come back from their opening and we just played flat,” Marsh said. “This was not one of our better games. It was a series of things that led to everything going in their favor. Northwood was just the better team tonight and it showed.”
Northwood got the opening kickoff and marched to the Chapel Hill 10 before stalling and settling for a 27-yard field goal by Tyler Whitaker.
But after that defensive stand by the Tigers, everything else went awry.
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Its two biggest regular-season games — both close losses — in the rearview mirror, an outstanding Northwood team demolished Northern Vance 56-7 here Friday night.
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
Southern came up with seven turnovers — four interceptions and three fumble recoveries — en route to a 33-25 win over Northwood Friday that left the Spartans (8-0, 4-0 Big Eight 3-A Conference) tied atop the Big Eight with Orange (8-0, 4-0 Big Eight).
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Orange 38, Chapel Hill 37
Hillside 19, Riverside 18
Jordan 17, Roxboro Person 14
Burlington Cummings 19, Carrboro 0
Cedar Ridge 14, Oxford Webb 12
South Granville 41, Southern Vance 0
Hobbton 47, Kestrel Heights 6
Southeast Halifax 40, Granville Central 35
East Chapel Hill forfeits to Northern
Four of the preseason Big Eight 3-A Conference powers, all of whom have lived up to their billings, are in action Friday, Oct. 17. In Pittsboro, reigning Big Eight and state 3-AA state champion Southern (7-0, 3-0 Big Eight) visits Northwood (6-1, 2-1) at 7, while in Hillsborough, Orange (7-0, 3-0) hosts Chapel Hill (6-1, 2-1).
Northwood’s defense scored and prevented scores. That’s the bottom line in Saturday night’s 46-0 rout of Big Eight 3-A Conference rival Oxford Webb in a game that was rescheduled after being rained out Friday.
Postponed, suspended Friday night high school football games to be made up tonight (Saturday, Oct. 11) and Monday. Only two games officially completed.
Defending PAC-6 champion Hillside opened its conference season with an abbreviated by impressive win Friday, stopping Jordan 27-0 before a thunderstorm ended the game at halftime.