Granville Central tops KIPP Pride 35-12; Cedar Ridge beats Northern Vance 56-28; Warren County rips South Granville 24-7 and Graham beats Carrboro 28-21.
With Northwood’s 52-33 win over Chapel Hill Thursday night already in the books, all eyes were on Orange Friday night as the Panthers attempted to keep alive next Friday’s battle of the unbeatens Big Eight 4-A Conference showdown in Hillsborough with Southern.
Orange (10-0, 6-0 Big Eight) took care of business and knocked Gibbons into a tie with Chapel Hill for fourth place and the league’s final guaranteed playoff slot 20-6.
Southern (10-0, 6-0 Big Eight), the reigning state 3-A and Big Eight champion, routed Oxford Webb (2-8, 0-6) 68-0 at home.
PAC-6 4-A teams Northern, Jordan and Riverside were also battling for the league’s two remaining playoff slots Friday. Hillside (6-4, 4-0 PAC-6), which won by forfeit over East Chapel Hill Friday, has clinched at least a share of first place.
Northern (3-7, 3-1) beat Jordan (2-3, 2-9), which owns a Nov. 7 forfeit over winless East, 48-0. Coupled with Riverside’s (4-6, 3-1) 44-24 win at Roxboro Person (2-8, 1-3), Northern and Riverside are assured the final two PAC-6 playoff slots.
South Granville has some unfinished business in Raleigh as the Vikings take on Hendersonville Saturday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. in the 2-A state volleyball championship game at Reynolds Coliseum.
Weathering Carrboro’s quick start was the key for South Granville to come back and beat the Jaguars 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16) Tuesday night in the state 2-A volleyball semifinals.
No. 4 East seed South Granville (28-3) earned its second berth in three years in the 2-A state championship which will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum, against the 2-A Western champion, No. 11 seed Hendersonville, which beat No. 8 West seed Bunker Hill 3-0 Tuesday night.
South Granville coach Christy Fitzgerald said her team played with a lot of poise against East No. 2 seed Carrboro after losing the opening set.
“We knew Carrboro was going to be a tough team,” Fitzgerald said. “We knew they were balanced a lot like us and they had a lot of weapons like us. After the first set we settled in and remembered who we were and it started to click and it started to flow.”
Chapel Hill freshman Gina Kim’s two-stroke lead at the turn Tuesday vanished in a 5-over-par finish as Sanford Lee County’s Siranon Shoomee shot 5-under 67 to win the NCHSAA girls’ 3-A golf championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst. ... Carrboro to meet NCSSM in state 2-A girls' dual-team tennis semifinals today ... Voyager Academy to host Franklin Academy in girls' 1-A tennis semifinals today as well.
Area golf (Monday and Tuesday) and cross country athletes (Saturday) active in state championship playoffs this week ... South Granville to travel to Carrboro for state 2-A volleyball semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Durham Academy loses NCISAA field hockey title 1-0 in sudden-death to Charlotte Country Day ... Area 2-A and 4-A state tennis finalists all fall in championship round ... Many area programs advance through regionals to state cross country championships.
South Granville (6-3, 2-1 NCC) grabbed sole possession of second place in the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference, one game back of league leader Roanoke Rapids (7-2, 3-0 NCC) with a defense and special teams-led 28-14 drubbing of Bunn Friday.
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
South Granville running backs Earl Green and Sean Bowman were too much for Southern Vance to stop as the Vikings cruised to a 41-0 win Friday night.
Four of the preseason Big Eight 3-A Conference powers, all of whom have lived up to their billings, are in action Friday, Oct. 17. In Pittsboro, reigning Big Eight and state 3-AA state champion Southern (7-0, 3-0 Big Eight) visits Northwood (6-1, 2-1) at 7, while in Hillsborough, Orange (7-0, 3-0) hosts Chapel Hill (6-1, 2-1).
In a rain-suspended game Monday night, Franklinton scored a quick third-quarter touchdown to expand a 13-6 halftime lead and went on to defeat visiting South Granville 19-14. The game was the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener for both teams.
South Granville will has all weekend to ponder its next possession in its Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener at Franklinton. The 4-2 Vikings trail 5-1 Franklinton 13-6 in a game that was suspended Friday night at halftime because of lightning.
Postponed, suspended Friday night high school football games to be made up tonight (Saturday, Oct. 11) and Monday. Only two games officially completed.
Defending PAC-6 champion Hillside opened its conference season with an abbreviated by impressive win Friday, stopping Jordan 27-0 before a thunderstorm ended the game at halftime.