Jordan Matthews captured its second victory of the season, 21-7, as Carrboro dealt with the absence of injured star tailback Trai Sharp, a senior and James Madison recruit, as it has for much of the season.
Eliza Dekker forced to drop out of NCISAA cross country championship race while bidding for record fourth straight individual title ... Durham Academy field hockey advances to state championship match Saturday with win over Ravenscroft. ... Carrboro, N.C. Science & Math and East Chapel Hill tennis stars advance to state semifinals.
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
Multiple failed red zone possessions, costly penalties and four turnovers led Carrboro (3-5, 1-1 Mid-State 2-A) to a 19-0 shutout loss at home against Burlington Cummings (4-4, 2-0 Mid-State) on Friday.
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).
Chapel Hill rips Northern Vance 48-0 while Carrboro buries Bartlett Yancey 32-12 in rain makeup road games.
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.
The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
Randleman wide receiver Juval Mollette, who has verbally committed to play at North Carolina next fall, caught three long touchdown passes to help the Tigers to a 27-20 victory over visiting Carrboro.
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.
Two years removed from state 2-AA runnerup finish, Carrboro has just 38 players in its football program. East Chapel Hill has 40. Neither has enough players to field a junior varsity program.
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.
Northwood quarterback Ti Pinnix made his return a memorable one. Pinnix, who sat out last week’s game due to injury, threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 162 yards and two TDs, as the Chargers ran up more than 600 yards offense in a 56-14 blowout of visiting Carrboro Friday.