Seventy-First only showed up for one half of good football Friday against Riverside in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A playoffs. Fortunately for the Falcons, two quarters proved to be enough.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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Riverside survived a five-turnover performance and pulled away for a 44-24 victory at Person Friday. Quarterback Diante Strothers accounted for four touchdowns for Riverside in the win.
East Chapel Hill High School on Tuesday informed Hillside that it will forfeit Friday’s scheduled PAC-6 4-A football game against the Hornets, giving Hillside at least a share of its fifth straight PAC-6 championship.
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Riverside’s ground game scored early and often Friday night as the Pirates steamrolled Jordan 48-13.
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
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.