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.
South Wake, a last-minute replacement home-school opponent, shut down Kestrel Heights 21-6 Friday night at the Bethesda Elementary School field.
Kestrel Heights records historic win ... Granville Central routs Northampton ... Person dismantled by reigning 4-A state champion Greensboro Dudley.