Conference play gets into full swing on Tuesday night across the area as teams jump back into action after the holiday break.
The Herald-Sun is proud to continue its tradition of honoring excellence on the football field by highlighting the accomplishments of the best high school players in the area. The 26 players chosen for the Herald-Sun All-Area team excelled at their positions. They all were previously lauded for their play by their own coaches and opposing coaches during all-conference deliberations.
Kendall Hinton is a leader on and off the field at Southern and his exploits as the Spartans' quarterback earned him the Herald-Sun Player of the Year honors.
Hinton, a two-year starter for Southern, led the Spartans to a 13-1 mark and to the third round of the 3-A state playoffs. The Spartans also earned back-to-back Big Eight championships under his leadership.
On the field, Hinton passed for 2,818 yards after completing 180 of 295 attempts. He threw 25 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. Hinton also rushed for 933 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Southern coach Darius Robinson said Hinton's reach goes far beyond the football field, though. Hinton is involved in numerous community efforts and is a member of the Durham Youth Council.
2014 HERALD-SUN ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM
The Herald-Sun is proud to continue its tradition of honoring excellence on the football field by highlighting the accomplishments of the best high school players in the area.
The 26 players chosen for the Herald-Sun All-Area team excelled at their positions. They all were previously lauded for their play by their own coaches and opposing coaches during all-conference deliberations.
Each was an all-conference performer at his position and some were selected as the player of the year in their conference. Four players got additional honors as they were selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
Obviously, there were many, many more players who were considered for the All-Area team. The difference among those chosen and those not was miniscule and the competition was fierce.
Any player who began summer workouts in the blazing heat of August and made it through to the biting cold of November playoff nights should be proud of their accomplishments this season.
-- Joe Johnson
Kendall Hinton, Sr., 6-0, 190, Southern
Jamal Currie-Elliott, Fr., 5-10, 175, Hillside
Ricquaz Brannon, Sr., 5-11, 200, Hillside
Earl Green, Jr., 6-1, 205, South Granville
Arkavius Parks, Sr., 6-2, 180, Chapel Hill
Kadarus Rone, Sr., 6-4, 208, Northwood
Deon Yarborough, Sr., 5-10, 165, Riverside
Emanuel McGirt, Sr., 6-6, 295, Hillside
Marcus Pettiford, Sr., 6-4, 258, Hillside
Logan Tisch, Sr., 6-3, 285, Chapel Hill
Eric Allen, Sr., 6-2, 270, Southern
Zach Waggoner, Sr., 6-2, 280, Orange
Justin Thomas, Jr., 5-10, 230, Riverside
Elijah Washington, Sr., 6-1, 328, Northwood
Byron Stephenson, Sr., 6-3, 286, Orange
Jake Frederick, Sr., 6-1, 320, Orange
Aaron McCullough, Soph., 5-9, 215, Hillside
Bryse Wilson, Jr., 6-2, 205, Orange
Tahj Spivey, Sr., 6-1, 235, Southern
Marvin Tillman, Sr., 6-2, 192, Southern
Jeremy Griffis, Sr., 5-10, 168, Southern
Trevon Tapp, Sr., 5-11, 160, Northern
Andy Gillespie, Sr. 6-1, 165, Chapel Hill
Connor Albrect, Sr., 5-10, 145, Chapel Hill
Austin Wood, Sr., 6-0, 165, Orange
Marcus Krah, Jr., 5-10, 170, Hillside
-- Compiled by Joe Johnson
Southern’s James Taylor put his unique twist on the David and Goliath story of the ultimate underdog overachiever, going into his 220-pound championship match at the Tiger Holiday Classic outsized, not favored by many to win, and battling a fierce fever.
When the dust settled at the rugged 22-team Eagle Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday, South Granville grappler Nathean Castillo was crowned the 113-pound champion. South Granville, with a 20-1 record one of the big surprises in North Carolina wrestling this season, finished sixth in the team standings. Orange finished third, with Joe Scott clinching the 138-pound title and Byron Stephenson rolling to the 285-pound championship.
Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina School Athletic Association, on Wednesday announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2014 fall sports season. Area leaders include Granville Central, Carrboro, N.C. School of Science & Mathematics, and East Chapel Hill.
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NCSSM's Nicholas Walker, Carrboro's Maysa Araba win invidual titles to lead teams to state boys' and girls' championships in Kernersville. ... Complete 2-A and 3-A individual and team results. ... Northern boys upset No. 2 seed Fayetteville Jack Britt in soccer playoffs; Granville Central eliminated ... Developing story ...
Northern punted just once during a 48-0 win at Jordan on Friday. That particular boot was launched when Northern had reserves on offense while the mercy rule was in effect, triggered when Trevon Tapp returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Knights a 42-0 lead.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships in cross country for boys and girls return to Kernersville for the fifth straight year Saturday, Nov. 1. The races will be run at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.
East Chapel Hill High School athletic director Ray Hartsfield on Wednesday confirmed Friday’s previously announced football forfeit to Hillside High School and announced that the Tigers would also forfeit their final game on Nov. 7 against Jordan.
Chapel Hill, Jordan and Granville Central open state 3-A, 4-A and 1-A boys' soccer playoffs with wins in opening round Tuesday night.
Durham Academy loses NCISAA field hockey title 1-0 in sudden-death to Charlotte Country Day ... Area 2-A and 4-A state tennis finalists all fall in championship round ... Many area programs advance through regionals to state cross country championships.
Riverside’s ground game scored early and often Friday night as the Pirates steamrolled Jordan 48-13.