The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
East Chapel Hill rolled through the PAC-6 4-A girls’ tennis tournament on Wednesday, taking championships in singles and doubles along the way.
Nicholas Walker won the boys’ race and Eliza Dekker won the girls’ race for the second straight year in the City-County Cross Country meet at Durham Academy on Tuesday.
Southeastern 4-A Conference power Southern Pines Pinecrest (6-0) easily handled winless Jordan 48-6 Friday night on Jordan’s home turf.
UNBEATENS NORTHWOOD, ORANGE TO CLASH IN HILLSBOROUGH
There was little to no doubt that the area’s top high school football conference this season would be the Big Eight 3-A.
With returning state 3-AA champion Southern, state 3-AA semifinalist Orange and 2013 playoff teams Cardinal Gibbons, Northwood and Chapel Hill all in the fold, things couldn’t have looked brighter for the second-year conference.
Turns out, through four games, the Big Eight might have been undervalued. And tonight, the Big Eight jumps into conference play.
The top four teams in the league — Southern, Orange, Northwood and Chapel Hill — are undefeated (4-0) and ranked no lower statewide than 34th in the 3-A ranks by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
One of those four is assured of suffering its first loss tonight as Orange, which has outscored its four opponents by a combined 144-40, hosts Northwood at 7.
Three of Orange's wins have come at the expense of 4-A programs from the embattled PAC-6.
Northwood has outscored its four victims 172-29 and is ranked 26th (3-A), Orange 13th.
Nehemiah Harris and Tray Staton scored two touchdowns apiece to lead Holly Springs to an overpowering 48-10 victory over visiting Jordan on Friday night.
Jordan’s lack of focus Friday led to a 41-0 shutout loss at home against Cary Panther Creek (2-1). The loss dropped Jordan to 0-4 on the season.
North Carolina junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe has been praised for his work in the locker room this season. Soon the Jordan High School product expects to make an impact on the field as well.
For Jordan and head coach LaDwaun Harrison, the only consistency this season has been found in the loss column. The trend didn’t change Friday night as Jordan fell to 0-3 following a 41-21 loss on the road to Green Hope (3-0).
Jordan's Clayton Cockerham's two interceptions, one returned for a game-tying score.weren't enough to derail the mighty ground game of Enloe, which struggled against the Falcons’ nasty defense but squeaked out a 14-7 win on some fourth-quarter heroics Thursday night.
A quick start by Jordan fizzled and the Falcons lost on the road 34-12 at Leesville Road on Friday night.
Some of the top high school football talent in the area emerged from the Durham Eagles Athletic Association.
Putting a healthy team on the field for the entire year should give third-year Jordan coach LaDwaun Harrison a better chance to win more than one game in the upcoming season.
Jordan senior Salita Greene is playing good ball and has some decisions to make.
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