Freshman Jamal Currie-Elliott looked like NFL star Adrian Peterson Friday, scoring three first-half touchdowns to lead Hillside to a 55-21 win over Northern and spoiling the Knights’ homecoming festivities at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
The win lifts Hillside (5-4, 3-0 PAC-6) into sole possession of first place in the PAC-6 4-A and in the driver’s seat for a coveted first-round playoff home date.
Northern (2-7, 2-1 PAC-6) slips into a tie for second place in the league standings, still in prime position to grab one of the league’s three guaranteed playoff slots despite an 0-6 record in non-conference play.
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Riverside 48, Jordan 13
Roxboro Person 42, East Chapel Hill 6
Southern 60, Cedar Ridge 14
Chapel Hill 14, Cardinal Gibbons 0
Northwood 56, Northern Vance 7
Orange 49, Oxford Webb 0
Jordan Matthews 21, Carrboro 7
South Granville 28, Bunn 14
Louisburg 56, Granville Central 31
Kestrel Heights 28, Fayetteville Christian 22
Roy Williams defended his actions during the time of rampant academic fraud at North Carolina, claiming that his program did things the right way while acknowledging that he didn’t know if the NCAA would still levy penalties.
Eliza Dekker forced to drop out of NCISAA cross country championship race while bidding for record fourth straight individual title ... Durham Academy field hockey advances to state championship match Saturday with win over Ravenscroft. ... Carrboro, N.C. Science & Math and East Chapel Hill tennis stars advance to state semifinals.
When the Tar Heels (3-4, 1-2 ACC) come back to Scott Stadium today (12:30 p.m., WRAL), the junior quarterback will be in the midst of one of the most productive stretches in school history.
It says something strong about the football program Antonio King has over there at Hillside High School when Greg Little shows up on campus on a random Tuesday.
Little is an NFL free agent after handling business in college at North Carolina.
And he's a Hillside guy. King coached him.
King has produced plenty of Division I football players.
But Hillside's rough start this season might have some wondering if everything is OK in Hornets Nation.
Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann has more on the matter in "GameDay."
Darryl Smith and Tahj Spivey are the latest members of the Southern Spartans to receive scholarship offers to play college football.
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.
Trailing by just five points, 12-7, at the end of the first quarter, Northern Vance couldn’t sustain it as Orange exploded for 38 second-quarter points en route to a 57-13 win.
In the absence of physical inside rusher Earl Green, senior running back Sean Bowman tallied 259 yards and three scores on 34 carries as South Granville (4-2) stormed past the Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix 21-6.
Oxford Webb coach Tony Midgette has implored his team to make plays on offense for the last two weeks but the Warriors haven’t gotten the message. On Friday, it resulted in their second straight shutout loss.
Northwood shellacked Big Eight 3-A Conference rival Cedar Ridge 45-6 Friday night in a performance so dominating that the visiting Red Wolves only gained 9 yards total offense in the first half and never moved the ball past midfield until the third quarter.
Quarterback Devonte Barker ran for 270 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a third touchdown Friday night as Kestrel Heights (2-4) did something no other Hawks’ team has ever done -- win two games in a single season.
Kendall Hinton threw for five touchdowns and 399 yards and Southern’s defense held Chapel Hill without an offensive touchdown Friday as the Spartans won the battle of Big Eight 3-A Conference unbeatens 38-12.
Southern and Chapel Hill, two of the area’s three remaining undefeated high school football teams meet Friday, Oct. 3 in Chapel Hill. A preview of Friday's seven area games.
Southern Spartans vs. Chapel Hill Tigers
Cardinal Gibbons took a 22-7 halftime lead in its Big Eight 3-A Conference opener at Cedar Ridge Friday and never looked back en route to a 39-7 win.
Michael Dyer rushed for 173 yards, including a game-sealing 46-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds remaining, and Louisville held off N.C. State 30-18 on Saturday.
When Shaquille Powell reached Duke’s locker room after the Blue Devils posted a hard-fought 20-13 win over Virginia on Saturday, Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe was there to present him the game ball. Powell’s Blue Devils teammates gave him a standing ovation.
Morgan State's Robert Council finds Andrew King from 15 yards out with 36 seconds left to cap a fourth-quarter comeback from a 20-7 hole.
While showing flash and dash offensively as wins came more easily over the last two seasons, Duke quietly worked to develop a grittier, harder edge as well.
Saturday’s ACC Coastal Division showdown with Virginia (4-3, 2-1 ACC) is where that work paid off.
Duke’s defense limited the Cavaliers to one touchdown in the game and a mere field goal in the second half as the Blue Devils stopped Virginia twice in the fourth quarter to protect a seven-point lead.
The Blue Devils mixed in an effective running game offensively, with the running of Shaquille Powell and Anthony Boone keying a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that lifted Duke to a 20-13 win before a crowd of 28,131 at Wallace Wade Stadium.
“We weren’t always clicking on all cylinders offensively,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “Defensively you might say the same thing, looking at the numbers. But you talk about clutch and consistently clutch plays? It was there.”
The Blue Devils (6-1, 2-1 ACC) played without committing a turnover for the second consecutive game. They averaged 5.2 yards per carry against a Virginia defense that entered the day tied for second in the nation by allowing just 2.7 yards per carry.
Plus, check out who Duke football coach David Cutcliffe could be coaching:
Former Duke basketball player Shane Battier is joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst.
The Carolina Hurricanes add a goalie and a wingman.
Free agents are weighing whether they want to build their bank accounts or construct championship teams.
CAROLINA HURRICANES GRAB DEFENSEMAN HAYDN FLEURY WITH NO. 7 PICK
The Carolina Hurricanes have picked Canadian defenseman Haydn Fleury (6-2, 203) with the No. 7 overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft. ...Aaron Ekblad (6-3, 213), 18, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Florida Panthers ...
The NHL’s Central Scouting Service ranks Fleury, 17, ninth among North American skaters and second among defensemen.
“He probably epitomizes the so-called safe pick,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes lead amateur scout. “He’s probably going to play for you for 10-12 years and give you great service. He’s a very reliable, solid guy.”
The 2013-14 season marked Fleury’s second full season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. As an alternate captain, he paced team defensemen in scoring with 46 points (8g, 38a) in 70 games. That output was more than double the 19 points (4g, 15a) he recorded in 66 games as a rookie, which was still good for third-best among team defensemen.
“He skates very, very well and moves the puck well,” MacDonald said.
Additionally, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound defenseman finished at a team-high plus-15 on a Red Deer squad that had a minus-10 goal differential and failed to qualify for the postseason.
What they're saying about Fleury ... Complete 1st Round NHL Draft coverage ...
Alex Brese captures Herald-Sun Golf Classic with 6 and 5 win over Matt Roberts
RIVERSIDE'S OWN ALEX BRESE TO FACE MATT ROBERTS FOR HERALD-SUN GOLF CLASSIC TITLE TODAY
Shhh! Make sure your golf partner isn’t around, because here’s some inside information from the No. 15 seed in the Championship Flight of The Herald-Sun Golf Classic on how he rose from near the bottom of that division and kept hanging around to reach today’s title round:
“I’ve just been playing pretty consistent, hitting greens and just trying to make pars,” Durham’s Alex Brese, the next-to-last seed in the 16-player top flight, said after his 1-up semifinal win over Creedmoor’s Britt Mitchell at Hillandale Golf Course on Saturday.
It took 19 holes for Melvin Barnes and Matt Roberts, both from Hillsborough, to determine who’d battle Brese for the championship trophy.
“Neither one of us played good. It was kind of just a dig-deep kind of game, gut-wrenching,” Roberts said. “Both of us kind of kept the other one in it.”
Barnes knew it, too. After the 18th hole, he drove off in his golf cart lecturing to himself about how he’d just given one away.
Roberts pounced, finally burying a stubborn putt that lingered for a while before making up its mind to take the dive.
“It had the line the whole way, but I didn’t know if it was going to ever get to the hole,” Roberts said. “It just kind of looked like it barely just died in there, so I guess that’s what you want.”
Definitely. It was a birdie. Barnes couldn’t match it.
The day’s first round under par belonged to Brittany Lang. The former Duke player moved to 7 over — nine shots behind co-leaders Amy Yang and Michelle Wie — with a 69 that included three birdies on the front nine and eight consecutive pars on the back before her bogey on the 18th.
Wie salvaged a 2-over 72 on crispy Pinehurst No. 2 and shared the lead with Amy Yang, who had six birdies in a round of 68....
Matt Roberts to meet Riverside alum Alex Brese in Championship Flight title match Sunday, June 22. Titles to be decided in seven open flights and two senior division flights on Sunday ... Complete Saturday results and Sunday championship tee times.