With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
A game fraught with miscues for the majority of the night ended in a flurry of activity on J.F. Webb High School’s Homecoming night, with Cedar Ridge edging the Warriors 14-12.
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).
Orange picks up 35-13 victory in game that was originally suspended and later deemed complete despite not reaching halftime before lightning forces halt.
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).
Northwood shellacked Big Eight 3-A Conference rival Cedar Ridge 45-6 Friday night in a performance so dominating that the visiting Red Wolves only gained 9 yards total offense in the first half and never moved the ball past midfield until the third quarter.
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.
Cardinal Gibbons took a 22-7 halftime lead in its Big Eight 3-A Conference opener at Cedar Ridge Friday and never looked back en route to a 39-7 win.
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.
To win some you have to lose some. That’s the case as least if you believe Riverside High School first year football coach Christopher Howell, who talked about that after his Pirates defeated Cedar Ridge High School 33-13 Friday in Hillsborough to claim their first victory of the season.
Demetrius Lyles melted through, past and around the defensive coverage for a pair of touchdown receptions, Julius Walton ran like a man possessed for another pair, and Cedar Ridge scored on six of seven possessions to thump East Chapel Hill 42-16.
Cedar Ridge interim head coach Clay Jones picked up his first career win after a heartbreaking one-point loss to Carrboro a week ago. ... Danville (Va.) George Washington routs Roxboro Person ... Kestrel Heights breaks down early in Walkertown.
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.