High School: Chapel Hill

Oct. 23, 2014 @ 03:41 PM

PLAYOFF JOCKEYING: Hillside, Northern clash Friday

With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.

Northern (2-6, 2-0 PAC-6 4-A) hosts preseason PAC-6 favorite Hillside (4-4, 2-0 PAC-6) at Durham County Memorial Stadium with the winner grabbing sole possession of first place in the PAC-6 and almost assuredly one of the league’s three post-season playoff berths.

The loser is also likely to grab a playoff berth, but also a road trip in the opening round of the playoffs because the league has an overall record of 10-48 which doesn’t bode well for a good post-season seeding for any team beyond the champ.

The Knights got a surprise night off last week when injury-decimated East Chapel Hill (0-8, 0-2 PAC-6) elected to forfeit its scheduled home game against Northern.

East will return to action tonight, athletic director Ray Hartsfield confirmed this week, and will host Roxboro Person (1-7, 0-2 PAC-6).

Also tonight, Jordan (1-7, 1-1 PAC-6) travels to Riverside (2-6, 1-1 PAC-6) in what could well be a battle for the league’s third and final playoff slot for underdog Jordan, at least.

A complete look at Friday night's area high school football games ...


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 01:40 AM

Orange wins comeback thriller over rival Chapel Hill 38-37

With just over two minutes left and fearing his Orange team was about to suffer its first loss of the year, Panthers running back Tay Jones went to the sidelines and admittedly had a heart-searing cry. Fifteen seconds later, he was the star of the game, scoring a breakaway touchdown and a 2-point conversion to stun Chapel Hill 38-37 in a huge Big Eight 3-A Conference showdown to determine the top cats in Orange County.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 02:45 AM

Last of prep football unbeatens face tough opponents

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).


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:18 PM

Chapel Hill, Carrboro pick up league football wins Monday

Chapel Hill rips Northern Vance 48-0 while Carrboro buries Bartlett Yancey 32-12 in rain makeup road games.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Rain washes out most area football games Friday

Postponed, suspended Friday night high school football games to be made up tonight (Saturday, Oct. 11) and Monday. Only two games officially completed.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 12:38 AM

Reigning PAC-6 champion Hillside opens with win at Jordan

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.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 01:09 AM

Area 4-A programs look to overcome 4-32 start

The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Southern's vertical passing game too much for Chapel Hill

Kendall Hinton threw for five touchdowns and 399 yards and Southern’s defense held Chapel Hill without an offensive touchdown Friday as the Spartans won the battle of Big Eight 3-A Conference unbeatens 38-12.

Northwood 45, Cedar Ridge 6

Orange 57, Northern Vance 13

Cardinal Gibbons 24, Oxford Webb 0

South Granville 24, Winston-Salem Prep 6

Randleman 27, Carrboro 20

Kestrel Heights 34, Greensboro Panthers 14


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 02:17 AM

Unbeatens Southern, Chapel Hill clash in Big Eight

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.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:27 AM

Undefeated Chapel Hill Tigers growl in Webb walkover

On the first night of Big Eight 3-A Conference play for both teams, Chapel Hill dominated Oxford Webb 49-0 Friday with a combination of potent offense and stout defense.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 09:25 PM

Transfers of ECH stars OK under NCHSAA rules

Not only is East Chapel Hill without a junior varsity football team, but two of the better players from last season’s varsity now play for crosstown rival Chapel Hill High School.


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

BIG EIGHT SHOWDOWN

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.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 01:27 AM

Chapel Hill swamps East Chapel Hill in town title grudge match

Host Chapel Hill ran through cross-town rival East Chapel Hill like a horse through an open barn door to claim the Hodgin Cup for the town championship Friday night in a 65-6 blowout.


Sep. 06, 2014 @ 02:23 AM

Chapel Hill defense blunts Carrboro star RB Sharp

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.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 01:49 AM

Work pays off as Chapel Hill rips South Granville

It was almost as if Chapel Hill defensive backs coach Cornell Lamb knew. During pre-game practice he had his crew working a fumble drill, and the preparation came in exceedingly handy for cornerback Austin Turner. The senior first-year defensive starter broke the game wide open with a 43-yard touchdown return to help the Tigers upend a scrappy South Granville team that was giving them fits throughout the first half, 24-6.