Allen, Tigers sprint past Wildcats
“I was hoping it would never end,” Chapel Hill running back Darius Allen said Friday night after scoring all four of the Tigers touchdowns and rambling for 168 yards.
East Chapel Hill was wondering if it was ever going to end, suffering a 26-7 loss with a dismal performance on both sides of the ball, then watching in envy as the Tigers swarmed at their 20-yard line, hoisting aloft the trophy that annually goes to the winning team’s school in the enthusiastic cross-town rivalry.
“It’s one of the biggest games of our season,” said Allen, a fleet-footed 5-10, 160-pound running back who returned to the game lineup for the first time this season. “If we beat East, we know we’re going to start our season off right.”
Allen had little trouble solving the Wildcats’ defense, but he had a jumbo amount of help.
“It was a power play following big number 73,” Logan Tisch, a 6-3, 300-pound offensive lineman, said of the play that worked repeatedly as Allen chewed up the turf for an average of 6.7 yards per carry.
To hear Allen tell it, much work still remains to be done.
“I was a little slow, kind of winded, but I’m going to get there,” Allen said. “I’m going to get better. I’ve never scored all the touchdowns. It felt good.”
The senior also caught a few passes, showing the skills he developed as a receiver during his freshman year.
“They’re looking good,” Allen said of the Tigers’ first win. “They got good while I was out. They got all the wrinkles out. I love them.”
Chapel Hill’s dominance showed in every facet of the game, as the Tigers put together sustained drives and had 18 first downs to just six for East Chapel Hill. The Tigers controlled the clock for 28:16 of the 48 minutes.
In the quarterback battle, Chapel Hill senior Grant DeSelm completed 14 of 26 passes for 116 yards.
Talented East Chapel Hill sophomore Connor Stough was 6-of-16 with 120 yards, the bulk of them to junior Arkavious Parks, who had three receptions for 114 yards. Those included a 49-yard TD grab in the first period, the only score East Chapel Hill would manage all night.
Stough stepped up in the pocket and fired to an open Parks, who hauled it in around the 20, turned on the after-burners and scampered unmolested into the end zone.
Allen scored on the next possession, taking a handoff from DeSelm and squirting through the line for a 3-yard TD. DeSelm attempted a quarterback sneak for a two-point conversion but failed, leaving the score at 7-6.
At 5:21 of the second quarter, Allen ran 48 yards for his second touchdown as he scampered past four defenders. Another two-point pass attempt failed, with Chapel Hill up 12-7.
Allen powered straight up middle for his second score of the quarter, a 1-yard TD that was set up by his 14-yard pass reception from DeSelm on the previous play.
Allen then scored on a 4-yard rush in the third period, slipping right up the middle.
Chapel Hill 26, ECH 7
E. Chapel Hill|7|0|0|0— 7
ECH—Arkavious Parks 49 pass from Connor Stough (Ellis Llewellyn kick) 6:09
CH—Darius Allen 3 run (conversion failed) 1:45
CH—Darius Allen 48-yard run (conversion failed) 5:21
CH—Darius Allen 1-yard (Coby Fisher kick) :37
CH—Darius Allen 4-yard rush (Fisher kick) 3:26
RUSHING—Chapel Hill, Darius Allen 25-168, Grant DeSelm 4-26. East Chapel Hill, Colby Owens 10-30, Arkavious Parks 4-21.
PASSING—Chapel Hill, Grant DeSelm 14-26-116. East Chapel Hill, Connor Stough 6-16-120.
RECEIVING—Chapel Hill, Aaron Hirsch 6-56, Brandon Wendel 2-37. East Chapel Hill, Arkavious Parks 3-114.
Records—Chapel Hill 1-3, East Chapel Hill 1-4.