The playoff road isn’t paved with yellow bricks and there are no Munchkins lining up against Orange and Hillside on the road tonight at Clayton Cleveland (3-AA) and Knightdale (4-A), respectively, or at Southern (3-AA) where the Spartans host Cardinal Gibbons. Game time for each second-round playoff is 7:30 p.m.
Kendall Hinton runs, throws Southern to playoff win
This is a look at Friday, Nov. 15th's eight state playoff football games encompassing nine area football programs. Game-by-game breakdowns include playoff classification, East Region seeding and overall records.
4-AA — No. 10 South View (8-3) at No. 7 Riverside (8-3), 7 p.m.
4-A — No. 12 Clayton (7-4) at No. 5 Hillside (8-2), 7 p.m.
4-A — No. 10 Northern (3-8) at No. 7 Wilmington New Hanover (8-3), 7 p.m.
3-AA — No. 15 Chapel Hill (4-7) at No. 2 Southern (9-2), 7 p.m.
3-AA — No. 11 Rocky Mount (8-3) at No. 6 Orange (10-1), 7 p.m.
3-A — No. 10 Northwood (8-3) at No. 7 Mebane Eastern Alamance (8-3), 7 p.m.
2-AA — No. 13 Hertford County (6-5) at No. 4 South Granville (9-2), 7 p.m.
1-AA — No. 5 Granville Central (7-4) at No. 4 Princeton (8-3), 7 p.m.
The first of a two-part look at Friday’s eight state playoff games encompassing nine area football programs. Today's highlights: Chapel Hill at Southern, Granville Central at Princeton, Northern at New Hanover and Hertford at South Granville. ... Coming tomorrow: Clayton at Hillside, Rocky Mount at Orange, Northwood at Eastern Alamance and Hertford at South Granville.
Orange and Southern meet in the area game of the year Friday, Nov. 8, the first meeting of the Big Eight 3-A Conference co-leaders as fellow 3-A members. But while Friday's regular-season finale will decide the Big Eight title, it might not be the last time the two face off this season. Two of the top 3-A programs in the state, they could very well face each other again in the playoffs. Both teams have already locked up playoff berths. A look at all 10 high school games involving area teams on Friday's schedule. Note: Northern-Riverside tonight is at Riverside.
Southern beat Webb 56-7 Friday night to lock up a state 3-A playoff berth and set up a Big Eight 3-A Conference title showdown at home against league co-leader Orange next week.
With only two games remaining in the regular season, the races for the three playoff berths up for grabs in each of the area’s five NCHSAA football conferences is red hot.
Powerful Southern Durham piled up more than 500 yards of offense to blast Cedar Ridge 68-10 and move one step closer to a Big 8-3A showdown with Orange in a battle of conference unbeatens.
In Durham, PAC-6 4-A co-leaders Northern (2-6, 2-0 PAC-6) and Hillside (5-2, 2-0 PAC-6) meet at Hillside’s Russell Blunt Stadium at 7 p.m., but Hillside is a prohibitive favorite despite Northern’s two-game win streak. The Northern-Hillside matchup is one of only two between league leaders tonight. ... In Louisburg, Tar-Roanoke 1-A Conference co-leaders Granville Central (5-3, 2-0 T-R) and Louisburg (5-3, 2-0 T-R) lace ’em up. ... At Jordan, Riverside (5-3, 2-1 PAC-6) will try to shrug off a 35-21 home loss to powerful Hillside and shouldn’t have much trouble as the Pirates visit injury-riddled Jordan (1-7, 0-2 PAC-6). A look at all of Friday's area high school football games.
5-4, 185-pound back is a star for Riverside, but college coaches are scared off by Joel Evans' lack of height. ... Carrboro's Trai Sharp is lost for the year ... Northwood, Southern coaches take a look back at 56-54 offensive explosion.
Southern eked out a 56-54 win Friday after Northwood quarterback Ti Pinnix misfired on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game with 38.4 seconds left in a 3-A Big Eight Conference shootout.
Conference football season is in full swing and the two biggest games in the spotlight Friday will be Hillside at Riverside (7 p.m.) in the PAC-6 4-A and Northwood at Southern (7 p.m.) in the Big Eight 3-A Conference.
N.C. Science & Math, East Chapel Hill, Durham School of the Arts and Carrboro advance to second round of state dual-team tennis tournament ... In volleyball, Cedar Ridge wins, Chapel Hill falls setting up coin flip Wednesday for Big Eight 3-A Conference's Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in playoffs.... Durham Academy wins TISAC girls' golf title. ... Chapel Hill boys and Cardinal Gibbons girls win Big Eight Conference cross country championships ...
Southern brought its high-octane offense to Cardinal Gibbons Friday and the Spartans left no doubt that their addition to the Big Eight 3-A Conference will shake up the rank-and-file. The Spartans, reclassified to 3-A out of the PAC-6 4-A this season, gained 401 total offensive yards en route to a 45-28 victory.
Southern's offense too much for Tigers to handle.