High School: Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 09:11 PM

NCCU football coach Jerry Mack fleshes out 1st staff

In one of the worst-kept secrets in recent memory, Mack names former Southern High coach Adrian Jones as running backs coach. Mack to assume offensive coordinator duties.

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 12:10 AM

Southern loses Adrian Jones to NCCU; Robinson named coach

Southern High School football coach Adrian Jones, fresh off winning the school's first state football championship, has resigned to accept a position as running backs coach at his alma mater, N.C. Central University.  Southern principal Kenneth Barnes immediately named Southern defensive coordinator and athletic director Darius Robinson to replace Jones as head coach.

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

Southern High coach Adrian Jones linked to NCCU opening

Unconfirmed reports circulated Tuesday that Southern High School football coach Adrian Jones has been offered a position as running backs coach on the staff of new N.C. Central University football coach Jerry Mack.

Dec. 30, 2013 @ 10:11 PM

Trowell, headed to N.C. State, is all-state

Southern was in good hands with Maurice Trowell.

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 07:32 PM

NCCU's Jerry Mack hits ground running in search of aides

A “Help Wanted” sign hanging outside the office of newly hired N.C. Central football coach Jerry Mack probably wouldn’t attract the labor force he needs to handle business with the Eagles.

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 04:33 PM

Big Eight 3-A Conference names fall sports all-star teams

All-conference teams named for football, volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' soccer. Southern High's Kendall Hinton named football's offensive player of the year, Orange's J.D. Brooks named defensive player of the year.

Dec. 18, 2013 @ 05:46 PM

Area schools among Wells Fargo Conference Cup fall leaders

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.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

Jones' moves brought Southern its first state title

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.

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Shootout goes Southern’s way

Spartans emerge champions after lead changes hands five times in fourth quarter

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 11:32 PM


Southern wins first state football championship

Dec. 13, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

Hillside sweeps rivalry twinbill from Southern

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.

Dec. 13, 2013 @ 10:13 PM



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).


Dec. 13, 2013 @ 08:59 PM

Southern's prayer: Rain, rain go away ...

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.

Dec. 13, 2013 @ 12:48 AM



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.


Dec. 11, 2013 @ 08:42 PM



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.”