Conference play gets into full swing on Tuesday night across the area as teams jump back into action after the holiday break.
Darius Robinson knows Southern's football program inside and out so his transition from assistant coach to head coach this season was easier than expected. It also helped that Robinson had plenty of talented players returning from their 2013 state championship team.
The Herald-Sun is proud to continue its tradition of honoring excellence on the football field by highlighting the accomplishments of the best high school players in the area. The 26 players chosen for the Herald-Sun All-Area team excelled at their positions. They all were previously lauded for their play by their own coaches and opposing coaches during all-conference deliberations.
Kendall Hinton is a leader on and off the field at Southern and his exploits as the Spartans' quarterback earned him the Herald-Sun Player of the Year honors.
Hinton, a two-year starter for Southern, led the Spartans to a 13-1 mark and to the third round of the 3-A state playoffs. The Spartans also earned back-to-back Big Eight championships under his leadership.
On the field, Hinton passed for 2,818 yards after completing 180 of 295 attempts. He threw 25 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. Hinton also rushed for 933 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Southern coach Darius Robinson said Hinton's reach goes far beyond the football field, though. Hinton is involved in numerous community efforts and is a member of the Durham Youth Council.
2014 HERALD-SUN ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM
The Herald-Sun is proud to continue its tradition of honoring excellence on the football field by highlighting the accomplishments of the best high school players in the area.
The 26 players chosen for the Herald-Sun All-Area team excelled at their positions. They all were previously lauded for their play by their own coaches and opposing coaches during all-conference deliberations.
Each was an all-conference performer at his position and some were selected as the player of the year in their conference. Four players got additional honors as they were selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
Obviously, there were many, many more players who were considered for the All-Area team. The difference among those chosen and those not was miniscule and the competition was fierce.
Any player who began summer workouts in the blazing heat of August and made it through to the biting cold of November playoff nights should be proud of their accomplishments this season.
-- Joe Johnson
Kendall Hinton, Sr., 6-0, 190, Southern
Jamal Currie-Elliott, Fr., 5-10, 175, Hillside
Ricquaz Brannon, Sr., 5-11, 200, Hillside
Earl Green, Jr., 6-1, 205, South Granville
Arkavius Parks, Sr., 6-2, 180, Chapel Hill
Kadarus Rone, Sr., 6-4, 208, Northwood
Deon Yarborough, Sr., 5-10, 165, Riverside
Emanuel McGirt, Sr., 6-6, 295, Hillside
Marcus Pettiford, Sr., 6-4, 258, Hillside
Logan Tisch, Sr., 6-3, 285, Chapel Hill
Eric Allen, Sr., 6-2, 270, Southern
Zach Waggoner, Sr., 6-2, 280, Orange
Justin Thomas, Jr., 5-10, 230, Riverside
Elijah Washington, Sr., 6-1, 328, Northwood
Byron Stephenson, Sr., 6-3, 286, Orange
Jake Frederick, Sr., 6-1, 320, Orange
Aaron McCullough, Soph., 5-9, 215, Hillside
Bryse Wilson, Jr., 6-2, 205, Orange
Tahj Spivey, Sr., 6-1, 235, Southern
Marvin Tillman, Sr., 6-2, 192, Southern
Jeremy Griffis, Sr., 5-10, 168, Southern
Trevon Tapp, Sr., 5-11, 160, Northern
Andy Gillespie, Sr. 6-1, 165, Chapel Hill
Connor Albrect, Sr., 5-10, 145, Chapel Hill
Austin Wood, Sr., 6-0, 165, Orange
Marcus Krah, Jr., 5-10, 170, Hillside
-- Compiled by Joe Johnson
Southern’s James Taylor put his unique twist on the David and Goliath story of the ultimate underdog overachiever, going into his 220-pound championship match at the Tiger Holiday Classic outsized, not favored by many to win, and battling a fierce fever.
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).