North Carolina was left kicking it self on Saturday after multiple miscues on special teams allowed South Carolina to win 21-12 and extend the Sandlapper winning streak in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas over the Tar Heels to three.
The area will be well represented in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl as three local players will participate in the game in Spartanburg, S.C., that pits all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina against each other.
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.
Just six days separated rivalry matchups between Southern and Hillside girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams, but in that span, both Southern squads gained maturity far beyond their years.
Southern boys' varsity defeated Hillside 81-64, and Hillside girls' varsity defeated Southern 73-59.
Chapel Hill came onto Southern’s home turf with an aura of confidence and left euphoric after knocking the defending 3-AA state champion Spartans off their throne in a thrilling 39-28 upset Friday night. Click on the following live links for complete coverage of area quarterfinal games. New Bern 13, Hillside 7 ... Northern Guilford 31, Orange 7
In Friday's (Nov. 28) state quarterfinal high school football playoffs, Southern hosts Chapel Hill (3-AA), Orange hosts N. Guilford (3-AA) and Hillside travels to New Bern (4-A). All games begin at 7:30 p.m.
Reigning state 3-AA champion Southern unleashed a potent run-and-gun offense to turn back a powerful Cleveland scoring machine Friday night 67-48. Kendall Hinton compiled 174 yards running and 285 passing for 459 total yards. He ran for one touchdown and threw for four more.
The area's four remaining high school playoff entries pulled a perfecto Friday night, to move into the state quarterfinals where three members of the Big East 3-A Conference are among the last eight 3-AA programs standing. Southern will host Chapel Hill on Friday in one quarterfinal, Orange will host Northern Guilford in another, and Hillside will travel to No. 1 seed New Bern in 4-A in a rematch of the Hornets' season-opener.
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Four area teams remain alive for Friday’s (Nov. 21) 7:30 p.m. second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, but only one can be considered a favorite. Reigning state 3-AA champion Southern is that favorite, as the No. 1 seed hosts No. 8 Clayton Cleveland. Southern is one of three Big Eight 3-A Conference teams still alive after the first round of the playoffs, joining No. 6 seed Orange and No. 12 Chapel Hill, both of whom play on the road in 3-AA action tonight. In Fayetteville, 4-A No. 5 seed Hillside (8-4) will have its hands more than full when it travels to meet No. 4 Seventy-First (12-0).
Reigning state 3-AA football champion Southern got the lowest-seeded opponent it could for a second round state playoff game in visiting Clayton Cleveland (7:30 p.m. Friday). But the No. 1 Eastern Regional seed Spartans might be shaking their heads about that. While Cleveland might be a No. 8 seed, the Rams play like a team that should have been seeded much higher.
In a rare occurrence, Southern’s offense had an off night Friday, but the defense picked up the slack and led the Spartans to a 25-6 win over Cardinal Gibbons in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-AA state 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.
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.
Southern comes from nine down in the final 2:56 to beat Orange 27-23 and cap a perfect regular season. The loss was Orange’s first of the season. Southern, the reigning state 3-AA champion, also ended a perfect Orange season last year in the regular-season Big Eight 3-A Conference finale.