The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
In the absence of physical inside rusher Earl Green, senior running back Sean Bowman tallied 259 yards and three scores on 34 carries as South Granville (4-2) stormed past the Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix 21-6.
Southern and Chapel Hill, two of the area’s three remaining undefeated high school football teams meet Friday, Oct. 3 in Chapel Hill. A preview of Friday's seven area games.
South Granville quarterback Mitchell Blackley scored the go-ahead touchdown with 7:33 left on a one-yard keeper and the Vikings held on to beat Burlington Cummings 21-20 Friday.
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.
Earl Green and South Granville’s running attack were too much for Carrboro to stop and the Vikings prevailed 28-6 on Friday night.
In a span of a minute and three seconds the South Granville Vikings sealed a win with a pair of rushing touchdowns on consecutive possessions Friday and went on to defeat visiting Granville County rival Oxford Webb 28-12.
It was almost as if Chapel Hill defensive backs coach Cornell Lamb knew. During pre-game practice he had his crew working a fumble drill, and the preparation came in exceedingly handy for cornerback Austin Turner. The senior first-year defensive starter broke the game wide open with a 43-yard touchdown return to help the Tigers upend a scrappy South Granville team that was giving them fits throughout the first half, 24-6.
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Carrboro, East Chapel Hill and South Granville continue searches to replace departed coaches. Northwood coach Bill Hall headed to retirement after 2014 season.
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Nine area girls’ soccer players have been named to 2014 all-state teams by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association.
Carrboro’s girls and boys track and field teams each finished a strong second to T.W. Andrews Saturday in the NCHSAA 2-A Mideast Regional Track & Field Championship at Pinecrest High School.