Panthers pound Rockets early
The Hillsborough Orange football team scored on its first six possessions and rolled to a 40-7 victory in its season opener Friday night against Person.
The Panthers put the game away quickly, amassing 278 yards of total offense in the first half en route to a 27-0 lead at the break, behind two touchdowns each by Tay Jones and Patrick Pettiford.
Jones capped the first drive of the game with a 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Garrett Cloer and added a 40-yard scoring run early in the second quarter.
Pettiford slipped behind the Rocket defense and took a Cloer pass in from 59 yards out, then scored from 1 yard away on burst up the middle with 40 seconds remaining in the half.
Jones and Pettiford combined for nearly 200 yards rushing, while Cloer connected on 11-of-13 attempts for 177 yards and four touchdowns in his first varsity start.
Person was held to just over a 100 yards of total offense before finishing the game on a nine-minute, 98-yard drive finished off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Marquis Torain.
The Rockets will host traditional rival Danville (Va.) George Washington in their home opener next week, while Orange will face its second PAC-6 opponent in as many weeks when it hosts Northern Durham.
Orange 40, Person 7
O—Tay Jones 10 pass from Garrett Cloer (kick failed) 8:13.
O—Jones 40 run (Brad Barbee kick) 11:15.
O—Patrick Pettiford 59 pass from Cloer (Barbee kick) 6:34.
O—Pettiford 1 run (Barbee kick) 0:40.
O—Joe Piscitelli 13 pass from Cloer (kick failed) 9:19.
O—Patrick Stewart 5 pass from Cloer (Barbee kick) 1:30.
P—Marquis Torain 1 run (Jacob Oakley kick).
Rushing—Person, Marquis Torain 12-67, Trevon Tapp 19-48, Taymon Smith 3-18. Orange, Tay Jones 9-127 TD, Patrick Pettiford 7-66 TD, Michael Bolden 4-21, Drew Lemaster 3-13, Josh Kiehle 2-(-7), Mark Holt 1-6, Bryse Wilson 1-3, Garrett Cloer 1-0.
Passing—Person, Trevon Tapp 7-12-1-70, Marquis Torain 0-1-0 0. Orange, Garrett Cloer 11-13-1 177, 4 TD.
Receiving—Person, LeRon Cash 3-45, Marquis Torain 2-16, Corey Young 2-7. Orange, Patrick Pettiford 2-71, Joe Piscitelli 2-43, Ky Muller 2-36, Tay Jones 2-5, Michael Bolden 1-7, Patrick Stewart 1-5.
Records—Person 0-1, Orange 1-0.