East Chapel Hill holds off stubborn Jordan
The East Chapel Hill High School football team has gone through many transformations this season.
Its finest may have been Friday night.
The Wildcats defeated Jordan High School 14-7 in a game where, appropriately enough, they largely ran what is commonly known as a Wildcat offensive package.
“This win is a high note for our seniors,” East Chapel Hill coach John Sherman said. “I can’t say enough for this team; they finished strong and stuck with it. They could have easily quit when we were losing this season.”
East Chapel Hill (3-8, 2-3 PAC-6) has been plagued by injuries, losing 16 starters -- including the starting and backup quarterbacks -- through the course of the season. That has caused the Wildcats’ offense to change from a spread offensive package to a jumbo package and finally to a mixture of jumbo with Wildcat packages to keep the wideouts involved.
The East Chapel Hill game plan emphasized the run. On the first drive, Colby Owens had two rushes for 18 and 15 yards and Arkavious Parks added a 12-yard rush to advance the Wildcats into the Falcons’ side of the field after starting on their own 29-yard line.
Owens capped off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown rush, dragging a couple Falcons with him as he slipped between the left tackle and guard.
Jordan (0-11, 0-5) responded with a 13-play drive which lasted nearly seven minutes. The Falcons’ effort, however, was stopped when Armond Berry sacked Arthur Reese on fourth-down-and-goal from the 4-yard line.
The Wildcats continued to pound away on the ground in the first half, accumulating 116 first-half rushing yards.
“The plan was to have as much time possession as possible,” Sherman said. “I wish we could have scored more, but we made sure to pound it.”
The Wildcats also got their wideouts involved, running Jet-sweep plays to Parks and Ty Woodard.
East Chapel Hill took the 7-0 lead into halftime.
Sean Moore, the Wildcats’ sophomore third-string QB, threw the ball only four times. But he made one count.
Early in the third quarter, Moore was flushed out of the pocket on third down before finding Parks near the left sideline 20 yards down field. Parks then cut across the plane and no Falcon found an angle to catch him as he took it 49 more yards for the score and a 14-0 lead.
Jordan was stubborn, and refused to go away. Rahim Winston was the Falcons’ steady workman, rushing 16 times for 99 yards.
The Falcons got a lift from two penalties that advanced them inside the Wildcats’ 20 yard line in the fourth quarter. Arthur Reese then threw a fade pass to Picasso Keaton that couldn’t have been better thrown in the back-right side of the end zone to make it a one-possession game.
But the Falcons failed to recover the onside kick and had no magic when they got the ball back in the waning seconds as Reese’s desperation last-second pass was intercepted by Parks.
ECH 14, JORDAN 7
East Chapel Hill 7 0 7 0 — 14
Jordan 0 0 0 7 — 7
ECH — Colby Owens 4 run (Ellis Llewellyn kick), 8:18
ECH — Arkavious Parks 69 pass from Sean Moore (Llewellyn kick), 5:34
Jordan — Picasso Keaton 10 pass from Arthur Reese (Eli Rice kick), 3:42
RUSHING — East Chapel Hill, Owens 21-124, Parks 9-32, Ty Woodard 4-21, Jeremy Hubbard 3-10, Chris Fowler 2-9. Jordan, Rahim Winston 16-99, Maliik Marcin-Lewis 3-12, Chris Francis 3-7.
PASSING — East Chapel Hill, Moore 2-4-0 93. Jordan, Reese 9-15-1 72.
RECEIVING — East Chapel Hill, Parks 2-93. Jordan, Tyler Pittman 2-23, Keaton 2-22, Jamel Korenegay 1-15, Francis 1-12.
Records — East Chapel Hill 3-8, 2-3 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 1-10, 0-5 PAC-6.