High School: Northern

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

Kendall Hinton: The Herald-Sun Player of the Year

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

Herald-Sun All-Area

Quarterback

Kendall Hinton, Sr., 6-0, 190, Southern

Running Backs

Jamal Currie-Elliott, Fr., 5-10, 175, Hillside

Ricquaz Brannon, Sr., 5-11, 200, Hillside

Earl Green, Jr., 6-1, 205, South Granville

Receivers

Arkavius Parks, Sr., 6-2, 180, Chapel Hill

Kadarus Rone, Sr., 6-4, 208, Northwood

Deon Yarborough, Sr., 5-10, 165, Riverside

Offensive Linemen

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

Defensive Linemen

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

Linebackers

Aaron McCullough, Soph., 5-9, 215, Hillside

Bryse Wilson, Jr., 6-2, 205, Orange

Tahj Spivey, Sr., 6-1, 235, Southern

Defensive Backs

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

Kicker

Connor Albrect, Sr., 5-10, 145, Chapel Hill

Punter

Austin Wood, Sr., 6-0, 165, Orange

Return Specialist

Marcus Krah, Jr., 5-10, 170, Hillside

 

-- Compiled by Joe Johnson


Dec. 17, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Fall Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings announced

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.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 09:41 PM

Jim King Orange Invitational: Riverside claims three titles, Northern 1

Jaquon Sowell was one of three champions from Riverside, which finished fifth in the 23-team tournament. Host Orange finished second but all three of the Panthers’ finalists lost. Northern had one champ and finished 12th.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 01:45 AM

Cape Fear buries Northern in 291 ground yards

No. 7 seed Fayetteville Cape Fear dominated No. 10 Northern 32-14 Friday night.


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Prep Football Playoffs: Southern opens 3-AA title defense

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.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 02:59 PM

Final football brackets: Southern nabs top seed; changes many

Reigning and undefeated 3-AA state champion Southern, fresh off a miraculous comeback win at previously undefeated Orange Friday night has earned the No. 1 seed in the 16-team state 3-AA football playoffs that begin Friday. ... Complete list of all area teams' playoff seedings and Friday night matchups ... Updates from preliminary brackets are many, including Granville Central losing home opener, seeding drops and opponent changes.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 01:38 AM

UNBEATEN NO. 1: Southern ends Orange perfection

Reigning state champion Southern won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night, handing Orange its first loss of the season 27-23 en route to the Big Eight 3-A Conference championship and likely the No. 1 seed in the state 3-AA playoffs.

Click on live links below for complete Friday night football coverage.

Southern 27, Orange 23
Northern 34, Riverside 22
Chapel Hill 42, Cedar Ridge 30
Hillside 57, Roxboro Person 0
Northwood 31, Cardinal Gibbons 6
Granville Central 42, Northwest Halifax 0
South Granville 14, Roanoke Rapids 0 ...
Reidsville 56, Carrboro 6 ...
Northern Vance 36, Oxford Webb 19


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 02:03 AM

Northern downs Riverside 34-22 to earn PAC-6 No. 2 seed

Northern clinched second place in the PAC-6 with a raucous 34-22 win over Riverside Friday at Durham County Memorial Stadium that ended with Knights’ fans storming the field in celebration.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 09:16 PM

Prep Notebook: Carrboro advances, Northern falls in soccer playoffs

No. 2 seed Carrboro (21-2-1) won its third-round state 2-A boys’ soccer playoff game Wednesday night, stopping visiting No. 10 Eastern Randolph 2-0 and keeping alive a five-year streak of reaching at least the state quarterfinals. ... Northern eliminated by Middle Creek 2-1 ... A look ahead at Friday night's high school battle of the unbeatens, Southern at Orange ...


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Prep Notebook: Carrboro, Northern host 3rd round games

Refugees from the Karen people’s 65-year ongoing rebellion against the Myanmar (Burma) government are playing a key role for Carrboro in the Jaguars’ run in the state 2-A boys’ soccer playoffs. ... Also, a look at all-state field hockey and cross country teams ...


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 06:49 PM

Carrboro (Araba), NCSSM (Walker) win state cross country titles

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 ...


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 12:20 AM

Northern cements playoff berth in Jordan rout

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.



Oct. 31, 2014 @ 03:22 PM

NCSSM, Carrboro, Araba chase cross-country titles

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.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 09:04 PM

Prep Notebook: ECH forfeits last 2; latest playoff results

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.