The Grid: Week Ten

Week ten of high school football action on WCHL features another Big 8 battle as 6-2 Chapel Hill continues its tough gauntlet of games by welcoming 6-2 Cardinal Gibbons to town.

The Tigers lost a heartbreaking 38-37 decision to the undefeated Orange Panthers last week and will be hungry to bounce back with a win against the perennial powerhouse Crusaders.

Paul Connell will have the call of the 7 p.m. Friday kickoff  on 97.9 FM, WCHL. Live pregame coverage from Chapel Hill will begin at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll also bring you live streaming right here on Chapelboro.com of the 3-5 Carrboro Jaguars as they try to mount a playoff push starting with conference rival Jordan-Matthews. Jeff Hamlin will have the play-by-play for you there.

And don’t forget to start your evening off with ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’, WCHL’s exclusive high school football pregame show hosted by Matt Oakes and Matt Paul.

At 6 p.m., the stage will be set with interviews from all the area head coaches, analysis and predictions from the night’s biggest games, the selection of The Grid Great of the Week, as well as the unveiling of the WCHL/Chapelboro.com Super Six rankings.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/grid-week-ten/

The Grid: Week 1

Week one of high school football on WCHL begins with a bang with an exciting matchup pitting two local schools as the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves travel over to Carrboro to take on the Jaguars.

Both squads struggled to find their form a year ago, but armed with new head coaches, the slate is clean and both teams will be hungry to open with a win in the fresh 2014 season.

The game will be broadcast exclusively on Chapelboro.com. Jeff Hamlin will have the call for you Friday at 7 p.m. live from Carrboro High School.

And don’t forget to start your evening off with ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’, WCHL’s high school football pregame show hosted by Matt Oakes and Matt Paul.

At 6:30 p.m., the stage will be set with interviews from all the area head coaches, analysis and predictions from the night’s biggest games, a selection of The Grid Great of the Week, as well as the unveiling of our WCHL/Chapelboro Super Six rankings.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/grid-week-1/

WCHL Introduces Chapelboro Cup for 2014 High School Football

CHAPEL HILL – Chapelboro and WCHL are excited to announce the Chapelboro Cup, an award to be given annually to the Chapelboro-area high school football team with the best record.

“The competition among our six area schools is at a very high level every year,” says Ran Northam, WCHL’s News and Sports Director. “Each of the last two years, one or more of our teams has made it to the state semifinals after winning their conference tournament. Despite the teams being spread across multiple conferences, the strong cross-town rivalries make for consistently thrilling matchups.”

Chapelboro’s six area teams are the Chapel Hill Tigers, East Chapel Hill Wildcats, Carrboro Jaguars, Orange Panthers, Cedar Ridge Red Wolves, and Northwood Chargers.

The Chapelboro Cup shows WCHL’s and Chapelboro’s continued commitment to coverage of local high school athletics. Last year we created a second broadcast for high school football games each Friday night so that at least two and as many as four of our teams are on the air each week. We also have a page devoted to high school athletics on Chapelboro.com, which will get a makeover next year with the creation of the Chapelboro Cup.

Full details will be released before the kickoff of the 2014 high school football season.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/wchl-introduces-chapelboro-cup-2014-high-school-football/

HS Boys Basketball: Graham 47 – Carrboro 42

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HS Roundup: Orange Survives, Chargers Fall & Red Wolves Rise Up

CHAPEL HILL– What a night of high school football action we had. Week nine had it all as one local titan survived a grueling slugfest and another top-notch area school dropped a shootout.

In our WCHL game of the week, the Chapel Hill fans were treated to an unexpected nail biter. Depleted by injuries, Coach Isaac Marsh’s squad entered their contest against undefeated powerhouse Orange High School with a 3-4 record.

But on this night, the Chapel Hill Tigers played much better than their record suggests, matching the physicality and speed of the Orange “Crush” Panthers every step of the way. In a defensive battle, it wasn’t until two seconds left in the game that lightning struck for the Panthers.

And with the dramatic 55-yard touchdown throw by Garrett Cloer, Coach Pat Moser’s Orange Panthers survived 6-0 over a valiant Chapel Hill team.

Over in Durham, the 6-1 Northwood Chargers faced 5-2 Southern Durham in our exclusive Chapelboro.com game. And unlike the Orange-Chapel Hill affair, this one kept the scorekeeper busy.

It was a back and forth contest, but ultimately it was the home team, Southern Durham that pulled out the 56-54 win to improve to 6-2 on the season.

In other area action, Carrboro continued its struggles as the Jaguars fell to Cummings 37-20. East Chapel Hill was blown out by Northern Durham 42-6 to drop to 1-7 on the season.

And in the feel good story of the night, the winless Cedar Ridge Red Wolves nabbed their first victory of 2013 with 24-17 home win over Webb.

Hear all the action on the Grid with Matt & Matt

Hear all the action on the Grid with Matt & Matt

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/high-school-roundup-orange-survives-chargers-fall-and-red-wolves-rise-up/

High School Roundup: Orange “Crushing” and Carrboro Turnaround

HILLSBOROUGH– Another week of high school football is now in the books. And five of our six local teams were in action Friday night.

In our WCHL game of the week, there were no surprises. Powerhouse Orange High School continued its fine play, dismantling poor Cedar Ridge 59-7 to remain unbeaten.

Explosive Panther running back Patrick Pettiford began the onslaught with a touchdown run in the first quarter of proceedings.

And Orange quarterback Garrett Cloer, last week’s Grid Great of the Week, hooked up with Tay Jones for a 51-yard scoring strike a bit later in the contest.

Believe it or not, the Orange “Crush” actually fell behind by a touchdown to start this cross town rivalry, but Head Coach Pat Moser’s boys certainly turned it on from there, and this one was all over by halftime.

In the exclusive Chapelboro.com game of the week, the Carrboro Jaguars snapped a three-game losing streak in their conference win over Bartlett-Yancey. The Jaguars pulled out a tight one, 20-14.

In other area action, the Northwood Chargers prevailed in their tussle against Webb 33-21 to improve to 6-1 on the season. Meanwhile, the Tigers of Chapel Hill took down Northern Vance 28-24 in front of their home crowd.

East Chapel Hill, on the other hand, ran into an upstart Durham Riverside squad, falling victim by a 42-10 margin.

 

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/high-school-roundup-orange-crushing-and-carrboro-turnaround/

The Whole Nine Yards: Week 8

CHAPEL HILL – Northwood didn’t try to run the score up on Cedar Ridge on Friday night, REALLY it didn’t.

The Chargers utilized their reserves early and often in a 79-28 rout, but even many of those players were more talented than the undermanned and outgunned Red Wolves. Your heart goes out to classy coach Chris Casey and his squad, but credit the Red Wolves for not feeling sorry for themselves and staying positive in tough times.

It doesn’t get any easier for Cedar Ridge, which travels to 6-0 Orange Friday. The Panthers are EVEN better than the Chargers, which they showed in a dominant 41-21 win in Pittsboro the previous week.

WHO’S YOUR PAPPAS? – Everyone likes Jim Pappas, it’s just a matter of how much or how little. Pappas was an interesting figure again Friday night as Cedar Ridge hosted Northwood in what became a Chargers rout. Pappas, a Red Wolves assistant, is not only the father of Cedar Ridge sophomore quarterback Peyton Pappas, but has also had roles as Athletic Director at both schools.

The elder Pappas can be fiery and controversial, for sure, but he’s also a kind and decent man. The latter is my take, as Pappas gave me a shot to serve as his assistant AD for two seasons at Cedar Ridge. Anyone can also feel free to judge him as a father striving for excellence for his children, and it looks like he’s done a superb job in that department.

CARRBORO OUT OF GAS? – The mighty have fallen hard and fast at Carrboro, a state championship runner-up in 2012 that fell to 3-3 this season with three straight devastating defeats. Injuries to stars Trai Sharp and Marlin Johnson hurt the Jaguars cause for sure, but the team’s dearth of talent after the pair is still surprising.

Coach Jason Tudryn was reportedly pleased about how some youngsters played Friday but the result was still a double-digit home loss to Randleman. The Jaguars special teams certainly weren’t special in allowing a blocked punt return for a touchdown, a punt return for a touchdown and mishandling a punt return for a turnover in gifting 21 points to the visitors.

CH TRAMPLED UNDER FEET – Almost any football coach at any level will tell you they want to establish their running game in order to top their opponent. Southern Durham certainly did just that Friday in racking up 387 yards on 31 carries for over 12 yards per attempt in its 59-20 win over Chapel Hill. Despite the lopsided win, Southern didn’t appear to run up the score, either, with eight different players getting touches and no back piling up over 100 yards. It’s probably been a hard week of practice for Chapel Hill defenders, particularly on the D-Line.

SHAMELESS PLUG: Orange is No. 1 in the WCHL/Chapelboro.com ‘Super Six’ High School Football poll, while Northwood is No. 2 and winless Cedar Ridge is at the bottom rung. Be sure to tune in to ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ Friday evenings at 6 pm on 97.9 FM as we reveal the new poll, talk to area coaches, analyze and predict games and select our ‘Grid Great of the Week’.

Matt Oakes is 4-0 with his picks the last TWO weeks, which he will hopefully be gracious about?! Perhaps he may even belt out another tune as he did during Friday’s show. Matt Paul is his usual humble, or humbled self, at just 5-3 over the same span. Thankfully for listeners, I have NO plans to sing.

http://chapelboro.com/high-school-football/the-whole-nine-yards-3/

The Whole Nine Yards

PITTSBORO — On WCHL/Chapelboro.com we like to go the ‘whole nine yards’ with our sports coverage. With that in mind, here are some random observations/opinions about high school football teams in our area following Friday night’s action:
ORANGE YOU GLAD: Orange, which ripped Northwood 41-21, IS as good as advertised. The Panthers defense mostly stifled the Chargers passing AND rushing attacks Friday night … no easy feat to accomplish vs. a very talented group.
Orange’s Pat Moser is one smooth and classy coach, crediting his team for an impressive win while seeming to understand Northwood is better than it played.
Orange fans were late in arriving, similar to their Orange County CA. counterparts, but when they did arrive they were sizable in numbers, spirited and stayed until the end, unlike their Los Angeles-area namesakes.
HALL’S QUIET…: Northwood coach Bill Hall was LIVID toward officials near the end of the game about possible high and/or late hits by Orange defenders. That’s speculation though as Hall wouldn’t comment about what his shouting was about, saying only “I like my job” after the contest.
Hall was otherwise cooperative with the media though, and it’s hard to imagine he won’t get the Chargers back on track, especially next week at winless Cedar Ridge.
ROAD WORRIERS: These are tough times for the Red Wolves, who scored 28 points but managed to get doubled up at Cardinal Gibbons. That probably wasn’t a fun trip to or from Raleigh.
We have been a little tough on Cedar Ridge on WCHL’s prep pre-game football show ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ but as a former assistant AD there I’m hoping better times are ahead. If nothing else, they have home field advantage vs. Northwood Friday at their marvelous facilities in Hillsborough.
BOTH SIDES OF THE HILL: Good to see Chapel Hill build on its win over East Chapel Hill by toppling Webb Friday night. With an overtime loss and one-point setback on its slate, the Tigers could conceivably be 4-1 overall instead of 2-3.
Tough to see East Chapel Hill not bounce back from its loss to Chapel Hill. Expected a better performance vs. another previous one-win team in Ragsdale and 14 points in the last two games isn’t going to get the job done.
CAN CARRBORO REFUEL? Finally, could last season’s state championship runner-up Carrboro possibly drop three straight games and fall to 3-3 on the season? We’ll find out Friday with a home tilt vs. Randleman, a 4-1 team coming off a 10-7 overtime win vs. Thomasville. Much depends on the health of standout back Trai Sharp, who has been out with a knee injury.
http://chapelboro.com/high-school-football/the-whole-nine-yards/

Conference Play Kicks Off In Week Six

CHAPEL HILL –  Conference matchups kick off in week six of high school football and a pair of undefeated teams highlights the contests.

The Northwood Chargers made the jump to 3A football this season, and have so far shown that the move was not unwarranted. With a 4-0 record, the Chargers have outscored their opponents 158-70. However, this week’s opponent is a heavy hitter. The Orange Panther defense has only allowed 22 points in four contests while scoring 155. In fact, Orange is coming off two shutouts and hasn’t scored fewer than five touchdowns in any of its games.

You can hear the call from Northwood High School Friday night on 97.9 FM WCHL and Chapelboro.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.

And, be sure to tune in to The Grid with Matt and Matt at 6:00 p.m. to hear from the area’s coaches about this week’s matchups.

Cedar Ridge also made the jump to 3A football this year, and its conference opener won’t be an easy one. The Red Wolves travel to Raleigh to take on defending conference champion Cardinal Gibbons. Cedar Ridge is winless this season, but in three of its four contests, the average margin of defeat is less than a touchdown.

Exclusively on Chapelboro.com Friday, tune in to Cedar Ridge at Cardinal Gibbons; kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Carrboro Jaguars have the week off, and Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill are on the road this week. The Tigers are coming off their first win of the year over the in-town rival Wildcats. Friday night, Chapel Hill opens conference play against Oxford Webb. East Chapel Hill has this week and a bye week before conference play begins. Friday, the Wildcats take on the Ragsdale Tigers.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/conference-play-kicks-off-in-week-six/

Chapel Hill Tops East 26-7; Carrboro Shut Out

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Tigers retained the Hodgin Cup scoring 26 unanswered points Friday night in Battle Chapel Hill.

The Tigers took the 26-7 win on the road against the East Chapel Hill Wildcats.

The Hodgin Cup has stayed at Chapel Hill High School since 2004. More importantly for the Tigers, Friday’s win marked just the first of the season taking their record to 1-3. The Wildcats fell to 1-4 on the season.

Chapel Hill travels to Oxford Webb next week for the conference opener; East Chapel Hill is also on the road against Ragsdale for its final non-conference game of the season.

In Creedmoor Friday night, the Carrboro Jaguars were handed something it hasn’t seen in a while: a shutout by the hands of South Granville, 43-0.

The loss marks the second of the season for the Jaguars and comes just before their bye week. Head Coach Jason Tudryn will join Paul Connell on the broadcast of WCHL’s High School Football Game of the Week between Orange and Northwood in Hillsborough for the teams’ conference kickoff.

The other game, which will be heard exclusively on Chapelboro.com, features Cedar Ridge on the road against Cardinal Gibbons in another newly-formed conference matchup.

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