East Chapel Hill, N.C. Science & Math, Carrboro and Granville Central high schools are area leaders in fall sports Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
Rivals Barber Shop owner Khedron Mims, a 1997 Southern High School graduate, has organized a meet-and-greet session with the 3-AA championship Spartans football team today from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The event will take place at Rivals, 121 Sherron Rd., off N.C. 98 and down from Food Lion in Ravenstone Commons shopping center.
Spartans emerge champions after lead changes hands five times in fourth quarter
Southern wins first state football championship
Hillside escaped from Southern with a pair of victories on Friday night as the girls held on for a 60-53 win and the boys handed the Spartans their fifth straight loss with a 73-68 victory.
EAST CHAMP SOUTHERN MEETS WEST CHAMP CREST IN 3-AA TITLE TILT SATURDAY IN WINSTON-SALEM
Every day, Southern coach Adrian Jones recalled, the mantra was, “State championship. State championship.” It started back in January, inside the weight room at Southern. Rep after rep, set after set, getting stronger, all toward a state championship. August rolled around, and it was practice, practice, practice. State championship. State championship. At the end of August, it was game after game, one by one with a sole goal in mind. Southern has arrived. “That was the goal,” Jones said. The Crest Chargers, out of Shelby, would say the same thing, and they’re looking to return to Cleveland County with the 3-AA title that’s on the line today at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable channel 520).
The numbers don’t lie. On paper Southern should roll over Crest in tonight’s 3-AA state title game (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable channel 520). Problem with paper is it falls apart when it gets wet. And wet it is expected to be when 13-2 East Regional champion Southern meets 14-1 West Regional champion Shelby Crest at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.
SOUTHERN'S BIG-PLAY OFFENSE HAS CREST'S FULL ATTENTION
Playing with explosives is a health hazard. Crest High School coach Mark Barnes will take his chances with that when his Shelby-based Chargers go against the extremely potent Southern Spartans in the 3-AA championship game at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Saturday (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable channel 520). ... “Southern’s going to win if we give them too many big plays,” Barnes said. “We have to eliminate big plays. If we give those up, then we’re probably going to get beat.” ... Southern (13-2) has put 704 points on the scoreboard this season. The Spartans have scored 101 touchdowns by averaging 261.1 yards through the air and 238.3 yards on the ground. Crest (14-1) is averaging 266.9 yards per contest. The run game has been the Chargers’ bread and butter, but Barnes makes it sound like Southern could cause some problems for his team.
SOUTHERN HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE TO MEET CREST GROUND & POUND
Southern lights up scoreboards as if they were Christmas trees. Hanging points on teams never was a concern for Southern, favored in the preseason to make a deep run in the 3-AA playoffs. The knock on the Spartans was that they’d be in trouble if they really needed to stop somebody. Fact is, the Spartans could give up a bunch of points in shootouts but still win because Coach Adrian Jones, quite frankly, has so many weapons. Crest coach Mark Barnes knows all about the heavy artillery that Jones is working with and said his Chargers cannot get into trading points with the Spartans and expect to win Saturday’s state title game at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field in Winston-Salem (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable channel 520). “Our goal (Saturday) night is to, quite simply — we don’t want to be involved in a shootout,” Barnes said. “We want to limit their number of snaps offensively because they are so explosive offensively. If they get us involved in a shootout, that’s going to be an advantage to them.” Says Jones of Crest, “They’re a smash-mouth football team. They’re going to run the ball. There’re no ifs, ands or buts about it — they’re going to run the ball.”
SOUTHERN RIDES STRONG EMOTIONAL TIES INTO STATE 3-AA TITLE GAME
When East Region 3-AA championship coach Adrian Jones singles out Southern and Durham officials that are close to his program, he calls them family. ... That’s the way of the Spartans — family first. It’s why Southern will play for its first state title in football in a few days, Jones said. ... “We you’ve got a family that’s all together, it’s nothing better,” Jones said. “It’s hard to beat a family.” ... Shelby Crest, a run-first team out of Cleveland County, will have something to say about that at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Saturday (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable 520). But Southern hopes it has the answers.
Southern gets its first shot at a state championship in football.
Dominating win over Wilson Hunt leaves Southern one win from state title
Southern’s swift, swarming and ferocious defense rose up large and in charge to the challenge, forcing fumbles, sacking the quarterback, harassing receivers, blocking a punt for a touchdown, and seemingly intercepting at will in a 38-10 victory and a shot at the 3-AA championship game against
Southern’s journey through the state 3-AA playoffs will continue one more week as the Spartans cruised to a 38-10 victory over Wilson Hunt on Friday night in the Eastern regional finals. Southern will play in its first football championship game in school history next week against Shelby Crest in Winston-Salem at BB&T Field on Saturday at 7:30 p.m..
Hunt High School football coach Stevie Hinnant is no stranger to deep runs in the state playoffs — his No. 4 seeded Warriors (11-3) will be playing in the 3-AA semifinals for the fourth straight time tonight at 7:30 at No. 2 Southern (12-2).