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.
As good as Carrboro running back Trai Sharp has been for the Jaguars, he hurt them Friday with a couple of critical fumbles during Chapel Hill’s weather-delayed, 41-19 road win.
It took all of one play for the visiting Carrboro Jaguars to set the pace and take control of Friday’s cross-town rivalry against East Chapel Hill (0-2). On the team’s first offensive snap, senior running back Trai Sharp broke through the line and was off on a 72-yard scoring run.
Carrboro quarterback Rowe Mellott blocks last-gasp Cedar Ridge field goal try to preserve 39-38 Carrboro victory in game marked by return from injury of Jaguars' star RB Trai Sharp, who rushes for staggering 335 yards.
Play-making running sensation Trai Sharp is back from an injury-shortened 2013 season, and so is Carrboro’s fire for a shot at the state 2A football championship that eluded the Jaguars in 2012.
Chapel Hill named William Walton to replace interim basketball coach Lasone Perkins, elevates aide Jason Curtis to replace the retired Ron Benson as boys' and girls' soccer coach and names Greg Cain softball coach. ... Carrboro elevates long-time football aide Melvin Griffin to replace the departed Jason Tudryn.
Carrboro, East Chapel Hill and South Granville continue searches to replace departed coaches. Northwood coach Bill Hall headed to retirement after 2014 season.
McGirt to join former Hillside teammate RB Khris Francis on Tar Heel roster for 2015 season ... Duke lands pair of football commits ... East Chapel Hill DT Chris Alson named to East-West All-Star squad ... Steve Logan to speak at Durham Sports Club meeting Wednesday, June 18 ... Chapel Hill High School names volleyball coach ... Complete Duke and UNC football commitment lists ...
Nine area girls’ soccer players have been named to 2014 all-state teams by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association.
Chapel Hill will face Matthews Weddington for the state 3-A girls' soccer championship at 2:05 p.m. Saturday (Time Warner Cable 323) at N.C. State University's Dail Soccer Field. The Tigers have never won a state title in the sport, nor has veteran coach Ron Benson who'll be coaching his last game before heading into retirement.
The Washington girls soccer team survived the fourth round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A State Playoffs Saturday night, edging Carrboro 1-0 in a defensive showcase.
The PAC-6 4-A announced its spring sports all-conference teams Thursday and, not surprisingly, PAC-6 champions dominated the coach of the year and player of the year honors.
Carrboro raced to an 8-0 second half lead Wednesday night, substituted liberally in the second half and cruised to an 8-2 NCHSAA 2-A third-round girls’ soccer playoff win over Roanoke Rapids. .. Woods Charter (14-5-1) saw its 1-A girls’ state title hopes dashed Wednesday night in a 4-0 third-round playoff loss at 19-1 Whiteville.