Southern beat Webb 56-7 Friday night to lock up a state 3-A playoff berth and set up a Big Eight 3-A Conference title showdown at home against league co-leader Orange next week.
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.
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.
Orange preps for showdown against Cardinals Gibbons with impressive performance against Webb
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.
It wasn’t a bowl victory, but for the Red Wolves, getting the monkey of a winless season off their backs with a narrow 24-17 win over Oxford Webb Friday night — on homecoming weekend, no less — was cause for unbridled celebration.
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.
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.
N.C. Science & Math, East Chapel Hill, Durham School of the Arts and Carrboro advance to second round of state dual-team tennis tournament ... In volleyball, Cedar Ridge wins, Chapel Hill falls setting up coin flip Wednesday for Big Eight 3-A Conference's Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in playoffs.... Durham Academy wins TISAC girls' golf title. ... Chapel Hill boys and Cardinal Gibbons girls win Big Eight Conference cross country championships ...
Northwood allowed a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and immediately answered it with one of its own Friday night against Oxford Webb. The return gave the Chargers a lead they would not relinquish in a 33-21 3-A Big Eight Conference win on homecoming.
Boys' soccer, volleyball, boys' and girls' cross country ...
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.
Two of Chapel Hill’s losses during an uncharacteristic 1-3 start came by a combined four points. On Friday at J.F. Webb, the Tigers managed to come out on top of a tight game.
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.