High school football is back and so is Trai Sharp.
The Carrboro High running back, who missed most of the 2013 season due to a knee injury, returned with a vengeance Friday night in piling up 335 yards and four touchdowns as the Jaguars outlasted Cedar Ridge 39-38 in a shootout.
Despite being on the losing side of the ledger, Red Wolves quarterback Peyton Pappas is a ‘Grid Great of the Week’ candidate along with Sharp in rushing for three scores and passing for two more.
Like Sharp, Northwood’s Kadarus Rone also underwent knee surgery in the offseason. Similar to the Jags back, Rone also showed no effects from the procedure in rushing for 94 yards and four scores in the Chargers 65-0 rout of East Chapel Hill.
Find out which one of the three standout performers takes the weekly ‘WCHL/Chapelboro.com Grid Great of the Week’ honor Friday night at 6 p.m. on ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’. Matt Oakes joins Matt Paul to review last week’s action and preview the night’s games.
ORANGE ROLLS, DESPITE ‘MISSING PERSON’
One area star who didn’t see action was Orange back Tay Jones. The rusher, settling up academic issues, sat out the Panthers season-opening 27-14 win over Person and should be OK for the remainder of the season according to coach Pat Moser.
The ‘Crush’, as we called them last season due to Orange’s devastating defense that produced four shutouts, still collected three rushing scores in posting a convincing win.
Along with Jones, the top team in the ‘WCHL/Chapelboro.com Super Six’ is loaded on both sides of the ball and could enjoy another long playoff run.
CHAPEL HILL STARTS ON HIGH NOTE
Perhaps the toughest team to figure out in 2013 was Chapel Hill. The Tigers nearly posted the upset of the season in toppling Orange before losing on the last play of the game. Chapel Hill, which squeaked into the playoffs, also struggled in barely toppling upstart Cedar Ridge.
The Tigers were ready from the opening whistle in their opener, however, crushing Riverside 45-21. Andrew Gillespie raced 90 yards on an interception return for a touchdown and Lonnie Baldwin tacked on a three-yard score.
Chapel Hill could well move to 2-0 when it takes on South Granville, which is coming off a 34-0 blanking by Rocky Mount.
RADIO-ACTIVE FRIDAY ON WCHL/CHAPELBORO
We picked a heckuva’ game to air with last week’s Carrboro-Cedar Ridge shootout on Chapelboro.com and we’ll double the fun Friday with twice the action.
Orange travels to Northern Durham for our Chapelboro.com game of the week, while Carrboro heads to East Chapel Hill for our lone Chapelboro Cup contest on WCHL. Like the Jaguars, the Panthers also face a squad coming off a blowout loss, as the Knights fell to Southeast Guilford, 30-0.
The games kick off at 7 p.m. following ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’.