Conference football season is in full swing and the two biggest games in the spotlight Friday will be Hillside at Riverside (7 p.m.) in the PAC-6 4-A and Northwood at Southern (7 p.m.) in the Big Eight 3-A Conference.
Hillside running back Donté Thomas-Williams delivered three touchdowns, and Hornets quarterback Nas Forte-Ferguson threw touchdown passes to Miles Kelly and Trevion Thompson before running for one himself.
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.
Nash Central’s offense was held to a standstill while Hillside possessed the ball for the majority of the game, and eventually, the Bulldogs’ defense wore down in Hillside’s 40-0 victory Friday in Nashville.
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.
David Sims ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns and Georgia Tech recovered to beat the Tar Heels 28-20 on Saturday. North Carolina scored the first two touchdowns and held leads of 13-0 and 20-7 in the first half.
Hornets squander a 21-7 lead as Charlotte Country Day rallies in fourth quarter
Scores are updated throughout the night.
“I’m definitely looking forward to playing them again,” Hillside High alumnus and Georgia Tech starting quarterback Vad Lee said of North Carolina. “I know they’re looking forward to playing us again.”
“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.