It's Southern and Hillside tonight (Friday, Aug. 29) at 7:30 p.m. at N.C. Central's O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium — enough said.
In a long-awaited clash of state 4-A heavyweights, No. 5-ranked New Bern’s defense dominated No. 8 Hillside 12-0 before a capacity crowd at Russell E. Blunt Stadium Friday night.
Some of the top high school football talent in the area emerged from the Durham Eagles Athletic Association.
No. 5 NEW BERN VISITS NO. 8 HILLSIDE IN FOOTBALL OPENER FRIDAY
For a program that churns out top national college prospects like Dairy Queen fills soft-serve cones, back-to-back early playoff exits the past two seasons has Hillside High School angry and ready to do something about it.
The Hornets, who haven’t lost a PAC-6 4-A game since 2009 and haven’t lost to a current PAC-6 member since Jordan pulled off a 21-20 win on Sept. 22, 2006, hope to ride a dominant offensive line into state title contention this season.
The trip begins Friday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. as the Hornets, ranked No. 8 among 4-A schools in the state by CarolinaPreps.com, hosts No. 5 New Bern.
The voyage won’t be an easy one, particularly in the early going.
Hillside coach Antonio King has scheduled a nightmarish non-conference slate that includes reigning state champions No. 2-ranked Southern (3-AA) and No. 7-ranked Greensboro Dudley (4-A) to complete the Hornets’ three-game opening stretch.
PREP PREVIEWS 2014: This is the last in a series of previews of area high school football programs for the 2014 season.
In a change from past seasons, Friday night high school football results will be published in a special four-page pullout section that will appear in The Herald-Sun each Sunday morning during the season.
Complete coverage will be available online at www.heraldsun.com early Saturday.
CarolinaGridiron.com has ranked the top 15 high school football programs in North Carolina in each of four attendances classifications. Locally, Hillside is ranked No. 15 in 4-A, defending state 3-AA champion Southern is ranked fourth and Orange is ranked 10th in 3-A. ... Duke's Boutier falls in round of 32 at U.S. Women's Am ... Duke leads all ACC schools on academic honor roll ... Landon Donovan to retire ... Kevin Love to join Cavaliers, NBA sources say. ... Ex-UNC star Felton suspended by NBA.
Former Hillside and Riverside high school point guard Justice Kithcart, who announced just over a week ago that he would transfer to Winston-Salem Quality Education Academy, has changed his mind and announced Wednesday that he will play at Lynchburg, Va., Virginia Episcopal this season.
Veteran high school basketball head coach Thurman Jordan, most recently at Holly Springs High School, has been named boys' basketball coach at Hillside High School.
NCPreps.com has named quarterback Kendall Hinton of reigning state 3-A champion Southern High School to its preseason 3-A North Carolina all-state team. ... Hillside star OT Emanuel McGirt was named to the 4-A all-state team.
Hillside alums desire a return to the days when the school's basketball squads were just as good as the football teams.
Rashard Lee is a former Hillside basketball player with professional playing experience and has spent recent seasons as an assistant coach with the very successful Chapel Hill Tigers. But that wasn't good enough to make the cut as the boys' basketball coach at Hillside.
No clear-cut reason has been given to explain why Crasten Davis no longer is the head boys' basketball coach at Hillside High School.
McGirt to join former Hillside teammate RB Khris Francis on Tar Heel roster for 2015 season ... Duke lands pair of football commits ... East Chapel Hill DT Chris Alson named to East-West All-Star squad ... Steve Logan to speak at Durham Sports Club meeting Wednesday, June 18 ... Chapel Hill High School names volleyball coach ... Complete Duke and UNC football commitment lists ...
Former Hillside High School and all-state star Jamal Marcus, in the mix to start at defensive end for Ohio State this fall, is transferring out of the Buckeyes program.
The PAC-6 4-A announced its spring sports all-conference teams Thursday and, not surprisingly, PAC-6 champions dominated the coach of the year and player of the year honors.
Hillside football alums return from places like Ohio State, Clemson and UNC to tutor current Hornets