With his team staring down a double-digit deficit after a nightmare first quarter against Chapel Hill on Friday night, Terry Sanford coach Bryan Till said he saw no shortage of fight on the Bulldogs’ sideline. As the rest of Friday night’s second round Class 3-AA state playoff contest unfolded, that showed as Terry Sanford put together a solid comeback before falling short 23-20.
The area's four remaining high school playoff entries pulled a perfecto Friday night, to move into the state quarterfinals where three members of the Big East 3-A Conference are among the last eight 3-AA programs standing. Southern will host Chapel Hill on Friday in one quarterfinal, Orange will host Northern Guilford in another, and Hillside will travel to No. 1 seed New Bern in 4-A in a rematch of the Hornets' season-opener.
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Four area teams remain alive for Friday’s (Nov. 21) 7:30 p.m. second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, but only one can be considered a favorite. Reigning state 3-AA champion Southern is that favorite, as the No. 1 seed hosts No. 8 Clayton Cleveland. Southern is one of three Big Eight 3-A Conference teams still alive after the first round of the playoffs, joining No. 6 seed Orange and No. 12 Chapel Hill, both of whom play on the road in 3-AA action tonight. In Fayetteville, 4-A No. 5 seed Hillside (8-4) will have its hands more than full when it travels to meet No. 4 Seventy-First (12-0).
Connor Stough threw four scoring passes and the Chapel Hill defense forced six turnovers as the Tigers beat West Brunswick 42-14 in a first-round state 3-AA playoff game Friday at M.H. Rourk Stadium. The 12th-seeded Tigers, 9-3, will play at No. 4 Fayetteville Terry Sanford Friday night.
Is there another state championship in the offing for our area high school football? We’ll know a little bit more after Friday's 7:30 opening round of 10 state playoff games in five classifications.
Chapel Hill soccer players and coaches were in the midst of consoling each other when one of the Tigers said out loud that Jacksonville was simply “a good team.” The Tigers certainly found that out the hard way Saturday night as sixth-seeded Chapel Hill dropped a 4-2 decision to the second-seeded Cardinals in the state 3-A boys’ soccer quarterfinals.
Reigning and undefeated 3-AA state champion Southern, fresh off a miraculous comeback win at previously undefeated Orange Friday night has earned the No. 1 seed in the 16-team state 3-AA football playoffs that begin Friday. ... Complete list of all area teams' playoff seedings and Friday night matchups ... Updates from preliminary brackets are many, including Granville Central losing home opener, seeding drops and opponent changes.
Chapel Hill’s 42-30 victory Friday night at Cedar Ridge was a case of good news, bad news. First, the good news: the Tigers used a balanced offense (269 yards passing, 196 yards rushing) to clinch a 3-A state playoff berth as the No. 4 seed from the powerful Big Eight 3-A Conference. Now, the bad news. Chapel Hill (8-3, 4-3 Big Eight) had two interceptions, lost an onside kick and committed 12 penalties.
Reigning state champion Southern won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night, handing Orange its first loss of the season 27-23 en route to the Big Eight 3-A Conference championship and likely the No. 1 seed in the state 3-AA playoffs.
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Southern 27, Orange 23
Northern 34, Riverside 22
Chapel Hill 42, Cedar Ridge 30
Hillside 57, Roxboro Person 0
Northwood 31, Cardinal Gibbons 6
Granville Central 42, Northwest Halifax 0
South Granville 14, Roanoke Rapids 0 ...
Reidsville 56, Carrboro 6 ...
Northern Vance 36, Oxford Webb 19
No. 2 seed Carrboro (21-2-1) won its third-round state 2-A boys’ soccer playoff game Wednesday night, stopping visiting No. 10 Eastern Randolph 2-0 and keeping alive a five-year streak of reaching at least the state quarterfinals. ... Northern eliminated by Middle Creek 2-1 ... A look ahead at Friday night's high school battle of the unbeatens, Southern at Orange ...
Refugees from the Karen people’s 65-year ongoing rebellion against the Myanmar (Burma) government are playing a key role for Carrboro in the Jaguars’ run in the state 2-A boys’ soccer playoffs. ... Also, a look at all-state field hockey and cross country teams ...
East Chapel Hill advanced to the semifinals of the N.C. Field Hockey Association state championships with a 5-0 win at Greensboro Page Tuesday night.
NCSSM's Nicholas Walker, Carrboro's Maysa Araba win invidual titles to lead teams to state boys' and girls' championships in Kernersville. ... Complete 2-A and 3-A individual and team results. ... Northern boys upset No. 2 seed Fayetteville Jack Britt in soccer playoffs; Granville Central eliminated ... Developing story ...
The N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships in cross country for boys and girls return to Kernersville for the fifth straight year Saturday, Nov. 1. The races will be run at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.