UNBEATENS NORTHWOOD, ORANGE TO CLASH IN HILLSBOROUGH
There was little to no doubt that the area’s top high school football conference this season would be the Big Eight 3-A.
With returning state 3-AA champion Southern, state 3-AA semifinalist Orange and 2013 playoff teams Cardinal Gibbons, Northwood and Chapel Hill all in the fold, things couldn’t have looked brighter for the second-year conference.
Turns out, through four games, the Big Eight might have been undervalued. And tonight, the Big Eight jumps into conference play.
The top four teams in the league — Southern, Orange, Northwood and Chapel Hill — are undefeated (4-0) and ranked no lower statewide than 34th in the 3-A ranks by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
One of those four is assured of suffering its first loss tonight as Orange, which has outscored its four opponents by a combined 144-40, hosts Northwood at 7.
Three of Orange's wins have come at the expense of 4-A programs from the embattled PAC-6.
Northwood has outscored its four victims 172-29 and is ranked 26th (3-A), Orange 13th.
A stingy defensive unit for Granville Central hadn’t allowed a single point in nine quarters.But when the Panthers (4-1) let up 22 points on Friday night, quarterback Jay Parker lit up the scoreboard to keep Granville Central’s win streak alive.
South Boston (Va.) Halifax County scored two touchdowns in the first eight minutes and never trailed in a 42-29 victory at Roxboro Person Friday.
Southern High School rode a late two-touchdown rally here Thursday night to take down down perennial state power Scotland County 34-28. ... In Fayetteville, Granville Central routed Village Christian Academy 46-0. ... Both games were moved up a night because of threatening weather.
Granville Central football coach and athletic director John Hammett announced today that the Panthers have rescheduled Friday night's scheduled game at Fayetteville Village Christian to tonight (Thursday, Sept. 11). Game time is 7 p.m. in Fayetteville.
Kestrel Heights records historic win ... Granville Central routs Northampton ... Person dismantled by reigning 4-A state champion Greensboro Dudley.
No matter how many times Rocky Mount Prep practiced facing Granville Central’s offense, it wouldn’t have mattered. Panthers’ quarterback Jay Parker picked apart the Jaguars’ defense, completing 13 of his 14 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns.
Rocky Mount 34, South Granville 0 ... Oxford Webb 39, Granville Central 0 ... Northwest Wake Saints 38, Kestrel Heights 26 ...
The bad news for Granville Central football 2014: No more Bryce Parrott. The good news: There’s young talent and the Panthers are on the rise.
Whiteville withstood Granville Central’s last stand in the bottom of the seventh inning and won 3-1 on the road in the state 1-A softball quarterfinals.
The Carrboro doubles team of Max Fritsch and Jake Zinn completed a perfect run through the state 2-A individual boys’ tennis championships Friday, downing North Lenoir’s Evan Kramer and Will Hardy 6-2, 6-0 for the state title at Cary Tennis Park.
Area teams lead or share leads in five of six conferences that include area high school interscholastic athletic programs after the winter season in Wells Fargo Conference Cup competition.
Three girls’ and three boys’ teams enter the Sweet 16 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball tournament Friday, Feb. 28, including at least two distinct favorites in No. 2 4-A boys’ seed Northern and undefeated No. 1 3-A girls’ seed Chapel Hill.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association on Saturday announced its brackets for the state 1-A/2-A/3-A/4-A boys’ basketball tournaments which begin Monday night. No. 1 seeds went to the Chapel Hill (3-A) and Granville Central (1-A) girls and to the Orange (3-A) boys.
Chapel Hill sweeps Big Eight 3-A Conference boys and girls swim meet ... Wrestling, girls basketball, boys basketball results