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.
First round state volleyball playoffs are all scheduled Saturday with start times ranging from noon to 6 p.m. ... Girls' tennis qualifiers open state individual tournament play today at four sites (Greenville, Greensboro, Burlington and Reidsville).
South Granville wins Northern Carolina 2-A Conference volleyball tournament title ... Jordan edges East Chapel Hill in PAC-6 boys' cross-country tiebreaker while East wins girls title ... Class 1-A, 2-A, 3-A, 4-A area qualifiers for the state's individual tennis tournament regional tournaments Friday and Saturday.
Sean Bowman carried South Granville to a 67-57 win over Franklinton with a career-high 396 rushing yards on Friday night in the Northern Carolina 2-A opener for both teams.
The long non-conference season for PAC-6 4-A football teams comes to an end tonight — and it couldn’t have come at a more auspicious time for a mostly-struggling half dozen, all coming off bye weeks. In other games tonight, Big Eight 3-A Conference powers Southern and Cardinal Gibbons meet in Raleigh with a share of first place on the line. Other Big Eight matchups include Northern Vance at Chapel Hill, Cedar Ridge at co-leader Orange and Oxford Webb at Northwood.
East Chapel Hill, Granville Central and Kestrel Heights lose road games; Southern wins big at Northern Vance; South Granville blasts Burlington Cummings
Perfection is on the line tonight as 4-0 Orange travels to Pittsboro to meet 4-0 Northwood in the Big Eight 3-A Conference showdown of the season. Orange is ranked No. 8 in the state among 3-A programs and Northwood No. 25 by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. ...The game is one of 13 games involving area teams on tap tonight. Only three others — Greensboro Dudley at Northern, Chapel Hill at Oxford Webb and Bartlett-Yancey at Roxboro Person — will be played in the area, the rest are on the road.
Earl Green scored three touchdowns and South Granville picked up its second straight shutout with a 43-0 victory over Carrboro on Friday night.
Scores are updated throughout the night.
“Intense” is the word Northern High coach R.J. Wilson uses to describe the Knights’ football rivalry with crosstown rival Southern which will be renewed at 7 Friday night at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Southern alum and coach, Adrian Jones, says the Northern rivalry is more special to him than his players — “Hillside came in and took over the rivalry for the players,” Jones said. “But the game means a lot to me and I talk to my players about it a lot.” The rivalry has involved emotional investment with little return for the Knights of late. Northern has lost 10 straight in the series, winning its last game in 2002, according to Jones. ... Game-by-game breakdowns of all of Friday night's area football games.