With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
Northern (2-6, 2-0 PAC-6 4-A) hosts preseason PAC-6 favorite Hillside (4-4, 2-0 PAC-6) at Durham County Memorial Stadium with the winner grabbing sole possession of first place in the PAC-6 and almost assuredly one of the league’s three post-season playoff berths.
The loser is also likely to grab a playoff berth, but also a road trip in the opening round of the playoffs because the league has an overall record of 10-48 which doesn’t bode well for a good post-season seeding for any team beyond the champ.
The Knights got a surprise night off last week when injury-decimated East Chapel Hill (0-8, 0-2 PAC-6) elected to forfeit its scheduled home game against Northern.
East will return to action tonight, athletic director Ray Hartsfield confirmed this week, and will host Roxboro Person (1-7, 0-2 PAC-6).
Also tonight, Jordan (1-7, 1-1 PAC-6) travels to Riverside (2-6, 1-1 PAC-6) in what could well be a battle for the league’s third and final playoff slot for underdog Jordan, at least.
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When Savannah State shows up Saturday at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium to play N.C. Central (2 p.m., NCCU Sports Network), the Tigers, because of injuries, will be working with their fourth signal caller of the season. Two freshman quarterbacks are listed on the depth chart, Tino Smith II (6-2, 215) and Michael Knox (6-3, 205).
Durham Academy senior Eliza Dekker will chase her fourth consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A cross country championship at Jackson Park in Hendersonville Friday, Oct. 24. ... Also Friday, the 17-1 DA field hockey team will face Raleigh’s Ravenscroft School in the NCISAA semifinals at Lewisville’s Forsyth Country Day School.
Shane Carden threw for a season-high 445 yards, Breon Allen ran for two touchdowns and No. 18 East Carolina pulled away to beat Connecticut 31-21 on Thursday night.
Darryl Smith and Tahj Spivey are the latest members of the Southern Spartans to receive scholarship offers to play college football.
South Granville will has all weekend to ponder its next possession in its Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener at Franklinton. The 4-2 Vikings trail 5-1 Franklinton 13-6 in a game that was suspended Friday night at halftime because of lightning.
Kestrel Heights, which had never won more than one game in a season until this year, hopes to make the 1-A playoffs as an independent. With that in mind, the Hawks are bound and determined to complete Friday night’s suspended game against visiting Forsyth Country Day School, despite trailing 24-16 with 11:57 left in the third quarter when lightning prompted the early end.
Orange picks up 35-13 victory in game that was originally suspended and later deemed complete despite not reaching halftime before lightning forces halt.
Postponed, suspended Friday night high school football games to be made up tonight (Saturday, Oct. 11) and Monday. Only two games officially completed.
Defending PAC-6 champion Hillside opened its conference season with an abbreviated by impressive win Friday, stopping Jordan 27-0 before a thunderstorm ended the game at halftime.
The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
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East Chapel Hill rolled through the PAC-6 4-A girls’ tennis tournament on Wednesday, taking championships in singles and doubles along the way.
Nicholas Walker won the boys’ race and Eliza Dekker won the girls’ race for the second straight year in the City-County Cross Country meet at Durham Academy on Tuesday.
Randleman wide receiver Juval Mollette, who has verbally committed to play at North Carolina next fall, caught three long touchdown passes to help the Tigers to a 27-20 victory over visiting Carrboro.
With three minutes left and North Carolina trailing by one against Georgia Tech, quarterback Marquise Williams was getting ready to lead the offense back on the field when he turned to coach Larry Fedora. “He said, ‘No big deal, we do it every week,’” Fedora said.
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Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail.
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Lance Stephenson doesn’t want to be known as the guy who blew in LeBron James’ ear. Stephenson said during his introductory news conference Friday in Charlotte he’s “a little upset” that the ear-blowing incident in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami is how some people have defined him as a player.
Rory McIlroy knows how quickly a big lead can slip away, so he wasn’t satisfied by simply restoring it Saturday in the British Open. He wanted more. Tied for the lead after 13 holes, McIlroy fired eagle 3s at Nos. 16 and 18 to pull away from field Saturday. Complete coverage.
Rory McIlroy cast aside any talk of those second-round doldrums with a performance at Royal Liverpool that threatened to turn this into another major championship runaway. As for Tiger Woods, he was fortunate just to make the cut at the British Open. ... Related stories ... Scoring ... Tournament at a glance ... Saturday's tee times.
Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.
The John Avery Boys & Girls Club will be among the beneficiaries of the Bull City Open Golf Championship in August.
UNC Wilmington signee and former Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill golf star Alaina Yeatts was eliminated in the semifinals of the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Junior Girls’ Golf Championship at Starmount Forest Country Club here Thursday.