Perfection is on the line tonight as 4-0 Orange travels to Pittsboro to meet 4-0 Northwood in the Big Eight 3-A Conference showdown of the season. Orange is ranked No. 8 in the state among 3-A programs and Northwood No. 25 by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. ...The game is one of 13 games involving area teams on tap tonight. Only three others — Greensboro Dudley at Northern, Chapel Hill at Oxford Webb and Bartlett-Yancey at Roxboro Person — will be played in the area, the rest are on the road.
Winless Northern managed to score more points than it had in its first four games combined (24) but came up on the short end to visiting Southern 39-27 at Durham County Memorial Stadium on Friday night. Southern (2-2) rolled on the strength of its big-play capability. Quarterback Kendall Hinton threw touchdown passes of 39, 47 and 12 yards to Maurice Trowell and sneaked in for a fourth as the Spartans rolled.
Scores are updated throughout the night.
Volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' soccer ...
“Intense” is the word Northern High coach R.J. Wilson uses to describe the Knights’ football rivalry with crosstown rival Southern which will be renewed at 7 Friday night at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Southern alum and coach, Adrian Jones, says the Northern rivalry is more special to him than his players — “Hillside came in and took over the rivalry for the players,” Jones said. “But the game means a lot to me and I talk to my players about it a lot.” The rivalry has involved emotional investment with little return for the Knights of late. Northern has lost 10 straight in the series, winning its last game in 2002, according to Jones. ... Game-by-game breakdowns of all of Friday night's area football games.
As part of the celebration of its centennial, the N.C. High School Athletic Association has named its “100 To Remember: Male Athletes,” highlighting the top 100 male athletes in state high school history. ... Also, Northwood football aide Brian Harrington replaces basketball coach Donald Williams.
A firefighter who mentors those climbing the public-safety ranks and a baseball coach with an old-school approach each received a Hugo Germino Sports Ambassador Award from the Durham Sports Club at Croasdaile Country Club on Wednesday. Durham Sports Club vice president Albert Long presented time-clock keepsakes to Willie Alston, a Durham fire marshal, and Voyager baseball coach Pete Shankle for embodying what the award’s namesake represented.
Northern’s losing streak reached four games on Friday night, as the Knights fell to Raleigh Millbrook 41-2 at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
Game results are updated throughout the night.
Games with likely statewide implications featuring Southern, Hillside, Northwood and Carrboro highlight tonight’s area high school football schedule. ... At Greensboro Dudley, the state’s No. 12 (Hillside) and 15 (Dudley) programs face off at 7:30 p.m. with undefeated records and state playoff posturing on the line. ... At Carrboro, a pair of 3-0 teams with state title aspirations face off in 3-A Northwood and the 2-A Jaguars (7:30 p.m.). ... Finally, Southern (1-1) hosts perennial state 4-A power Scotland County (7:30 p.m.). ... Plus: Game-by-game breakdowns of games involving each of the 13 area teams in action tonight.