Hillside High School prevailed again, leaving cross-town rival Riverside downtrodden as they walked off the field at Russell Bount Stadium Friday night. The Hornets escaped by the narrowest of margins, winning 19-18 when the 40-yard heave from Riverside quarterback Diante Strothers was batted away as time expired.
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).
With a game looming against PAC-6 favorite Hillside Friday, Riverside wasted little time in thrashing East Chapel Hill 64-0 on Monday to complete a game that was suspended because of lightning Friday night.
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.
The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
East Chapel Hill rolled through the PAC-6 4-A girls’ tennis tournament on Wednesday, taking championships in singles and doubles along the way.
Nicholas Walker won the boys’ race and Eliza Dekker won the girls’ race for the second straight year in the City-County Cross Country meet at Durham Academy on Tuesday.
Guns are illegal on high school campuses, and Riverside might take that to heart. Running its offense out of the pistol with quarterback Diante Strothers taking the shotgun snaps, the Pirates fumbled nine times — including a muffed onside kick grab — and lost the ball five times in all, four on fumbles, in what became a 49-7 home rout to Clayton Cleveland.
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.
Chris Howell envisioned a track meet looming between host Riverside and visiting Apex Friday. What the Riverside football coach didn’t foresee was his Pirates dropping the baton six times as the Cougars ran away to a 49-25 win.
To win some you have to lose some. That’s the case as least if you believe Riverside High School first year football coach Christopher Howell, who talked about that after his Pirates defeated Cedar Ridge High School 33-13 Friday in Hillsborough to claim their first victory of the season.
Tay Jones and Eryk Brandon-Dean scored two touchdowns apiece and quarterback Garrett Cloer threw a pair as Orange dominated Riverside 45-12 on Friday night.
A pair of long touchdown runs by Fuquay-Varina High School’s Eric Sugarman, during a first half when he reached the 200-yard mark in rushing yards, helped the Bengals build a four-touchdown lead in a 34-20 win over Riverside on Friday night.
East Chapel Hill transfer quarterback Connor Stough threw for 173 yards and a touchdown, and added a key run on third down which led to an important score before halftime, as visiting Chapel Hill ran over Riverside 45-21.