LAST-MINUTE TD LIFTS SOUTHERN OVER HILLSIDE 16-13 AT NCCU
Southern junior Jordan Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of last year’s 3-AA state championship game.
On Friday he scored another winning touchdown in the final minute, and the stakes may have been just as high.
Brown’s 8-yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds left gave Southern a 16-13 win over 4-A Hillside at N.C. Central University’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium, breaking the Hornets’ four-year winning streak in the city’s biggest rivalry.
“Winning the state championship is huge,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said. “But unfortunately in order for you to get the respect in our state, in our city, in our region, we have to win a game like this. So it’s on the level of a state championship because that’s a great team over there.”
The Southern-Hillside rivalry always seems to come down to the final possession — the last seven meetings have been decided by a total of 31 points — and Friday’s meeting was no exception.
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It's Southern and Hillside tonight (Friday, Aug. 29) at 7:30 p.m. at N.C. Central's O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium — enough said.
SOUTHERN RIDES POWERFUL ARM OF HINTON, STINGY DEFENSE TO WIN IN OPENER
Some of the top high school football talent in the area emerged from the Durham Eagles Athletic Association.
Reigning state 3-AA football champion Southern High School is locked & loaded and ready to defend its 2013 crown. Despite the losses of veteran head coach Adrian Jones (now an N.C. Central aide) and graduated star wideouts Maurice Trowell (N.C. State) and Derrick Mason (N.C. Central), the Spartans are rich with talent and desire.
CarolinaGridiron.com has ranked the top 15 high school football programs in North Carolina in each of four attendances classifications. Locally, Hillside is ranked No. 15 in 4-A, defending state 3-AA champion Southern is ranked fourth and Orange is ranked 10th in 3-A. ... Duke's Boutier falls in round of 32 at U.S. Women's Am ... Duke leads all ACC schools on academic honor roll ... Landon Donovan to retire ... Kevin Love to join Cavaliers, NBA sources say. ... Ex-UNC star Felton suspended by NBA.
NCPreps.com has named quarterback Kendall Hinton of reigning state 3-A champion Southern High School to its preseason 3-A North Carolina all-state team. ... Hillside star OT Emanuel McGirt was named to the 4-A all-state team.
The Spartans remain hungry. In the meantime, they fed those who were.
Teddy McKoy replaces 2013 4-A PAC-6 coach of the year Monique Fearrington at Southern.
Duke appeared to the frontrunner for acquiring the services of Southern quarterback Kendall Hinton.
Desmond Lawrence, a fast guy from Durham, will go for it all today in Oregon.
Nine area girls’ soccer players have been named to 2014 all-state teams by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association.
East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill boys' tennis stars advance ... Sean Obi officially transfers to Duke ... More ...
PAC-6 Track & Field Championships reduced to one day (Thursday) at Hillside ... NCCU opens MEAC T&F Championships ... Duke, UNC men's and women's players named to NCAA individual and doubles tennis fields ... More ...
Hornets and Spartans are known for handing their business on football fields and basketball courts, where their rivalry has simmered for decades. It’s a different story on the fairways and greens. The two schools actually need each other out there, making the gentleman’s game of golf the perfect sport to bring some much-needed civility to the Hillside-Southern rivalry..