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
Taking a wrong turn en route to North Edgecombe and arriving barely five minutes before Friday’s kickoff, the Kestrel Heights Hawks probably wish they had not gotten there at all after the Warriors plucked them clean in the first round of the NCHSSA 1-A playoffs.
Is there another state championship in the offing for our area high school football? We’ll know a little bit more after Friday's 7:30 opening round of 10 state playoff games in five classifications.
Kestrel Heights tops Fayetteville Christian School ... Granville Central falls to Louisburg. ...
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
Hobbton 47, Kestrel Heights 6 ... SE Halifax 40, Granville Central 35 ... ECH 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).
Kestrel Heights, which had never won more than one game in a season until this year, hopes to make the 1-A playoffs as an independent. With that in mind, the Hawks are bound and determined to complete Friday night’s suspended game against visiting Forsyth Country Day School, despite trailing 24-16 with 11:57 left in the third quarter when lightning prompted the early end.
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.
Quarterback Devonte Barker ran for 270 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a third touchdown Friday night as Kestrel Heights (2-4) did something no other Hawks’ team has ever done -- win two games in a single season.
Southern and Chapel Hill, two of the area’s three remaining undefeated high school football teams meet Friday, Oct. 3 in Chapel Hill. A preview of Friday's seven area games.
Wake Christian Academy (4-2) came to play and Kestrel Heights (1-5) didn’t. End result? Wake Christian took care of business in the first half 54-14 and tacked on 14 more in the second to keep Kestrel Heights at bay 68-30.
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.