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.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association on Saturday released the seedings and matchups for Friday's opening round of the state football playoffs in eight classifications and nine area teams made the field.
A sweeping postgame brawl that involved Northern Vance and Oxford Webb players Friday night and at least one assistant coach cast a dark shadow on the Warriors’ season-ending 21-20 win Friday at Viking Stadium.
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.
By the time Sean Bowman took the handoff and zipped 49 yards for a touchdown with under four minutes to play it was getting to be old hat. But that fourth rushing TD was his favorite, and put him over 2,000 yards rushing for the season in a 62-12 Northern Carolina 2-A Conference win over Warren County.
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.
The area's last remaining state volleyball playoff contenders -- Chapel Hill, South Granville -- are eliminated on the road in the NCHSAA 3-A and 2-A semifinals.
Carrboro, N.C. Science & Math and Research Triangle High School are among the favorites to take home state cross country championships in their classifications Saturday at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.
Tigers and Vikings a win away from title shot
South Granville (2-A), Chapel Hill (3-A) advance to state semifinals ... Cedar Ridge (3-A), Voyager Academy (1-A) are eliminated ... Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill loses in state independent schools 2-A title match.
After unexpected loss to Southern Vance last week, Vikings get back into win column
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.
45-year-old Derryl Britt, 1-19 during his only season as the Unicorns’ girls’ basketball coach last season, has been named to replace Myles and will continue to coach the girls' team as well.
Southern Vance’s defense came up with timely stops and turnovers Friday and the Raiders (3-5, 1-1 N.C. 2-A) hung on for a 22-14 upset of South Granville (6-2, 1-1 N.C. 2-A), ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press 2-A state high school football poll.
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.