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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
East Chapel Hill transfer quarterback Connor Stough threw for 173 yards and a touchdown, and added a key run on third down which led to an important score before halftime, as visiting Chapel Hill ran over Riverside 45-21.
It’s “that old cliché,” Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said, and you can tell by the tone in his voice that the praise he heard from other coaches and the media of having “the best 4-8 team in the state” in 2013 is nice, but about as fulfilling as eating a rice cake.
Ricky Council had something to prove Monday night in Greensboro Coliseum during the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game. The West won 98-86, but Council led the East with 21 points. It took him a while to get going, but he found his mojo in the second half and had it working.
NCPreps.com has named quarterback Kendall Hinton of reigning state 3-A champion Southern High School to its preseason 3-A North Carolina all-state team. ... Hillside star OT Emanuel McGirt was named to the 4-A all-state team.
This Bill Walton is not that Bill Walton, the white man who played in the NBA after a supreme career at UCLA alongside the revered Coach John Wooden.
There could be spots on the bench at Chapel Hill High School for former interim basketball coach Lason Perkins, as well as those who coached with him, new Tigers’ coach Bill Walton said Thursday at the headquarters of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools during his first meeting with the local media.
Lason Perkins coached Chapel Hill High School's basketball team last season in an interim capacity and has no shortage of supporters who believe the permanent job should have been his.
Former players and coaches at Chapel Hill High School say principal Sulura Jackson has made a mistake by replacing interim boys' basketball coach Lason Perkins after one season at the helm.
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.