Orange Crushes Corinth Holders; Chapel Hill Topples Terry Sanford

After barely surviving an playoff opening battle versus Lee County last Friday, Orange rolled in its second-round tilt as the ‘Crush’ crushed Corinth Holders 42-13 in a road contest in Wendell.

Pat Moser’s Panthers were impressive from the opening kickoff, taking a 14-7 lead before putting the game away late in the opening half to earn a home date with Northern Guilford next week. Northern Guilford crushed Fike 58-28 for the right to travel into Hillsborough for a 3AA third-round matchup.

“We’ve got bumps and bruises but it seems that each week we are able to come together as a team,” Moser told a gaggle of reporters after the game. “The guys played really well.”

Garrett Cloer (Student Sports)

Garrett Cloer (Student Sports)

Garrett Cloer and Drew Lemaster scored on short touchdown runs as the No. 6 Panthers took a 14-7 first half lead. Cloer then got to work through the air with an 80-yard scoring strike to D’Angelo Compton and a 39-yarder to Bryse Wilson for a 28-7 lead just before intermission.

Moser’s magic played a role too as he called for an onsides kick that totally befuddled the home team to set up one of the scores. He said the play worked ‘two or three times before’.

Orange (13-1) erased any doubt in the second half as Mark Holt and Michael Bolden added touchdowns. No. 3 Corinth Holders, in just its fifth year of existence and coming off its first-ever postseason win, finished 9-4.

Orange has company in the area ranks in the third round as Chapel Hill edged Terry Sanford 23-20 for an upset win in Fayetteville.

Noah Layden picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards for a score and Jeff McNeil tacked on a two yard touchdown run to help the No. 12 seeded Tigers take a surprising 17-0 lead.

Terry Sanford, the No. 4 seed, fought back to make it 17-13 on a kickoff return for a score and quarterback Jordan McRae’s 45 yard touchdown run.

Two more field goals from Connor Albrecht helped the Tigers (11-3) hold on for the win and advance to play Southern Durham for a second time this season.

Chapel Hill fell to Southern 38-12 on Oct. 3 at home. This time the Tigers will travel to Durham to face a 14-0 team coming off a 67-48 conquest of Cleveland.

Terry Sanford finished its slate 9-4.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/orange-routs-corinth-holders-second-round-chapel-hill-dismissed-terry-sanford/

The Grid: Playoffs – Round Two

Two of our area teams will be in action Friday night when the high school football playoffs roll on. While Northwood was knocked out by Northern Guilford last week, Chapel Hill ripped South Brunswick and Orange outlasted Lee County.

Friday, WCHL will air its exclusive high school football show ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ at 6:30 p.m., followed by Orange’s second-round game, a test at Corinth Holders.

Pregame coverage for the Panthers tilt begins at 7 p.m., followed by kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Hamlin and Chris Casey will have the call.

Chapel Hill, meanwhile, hits the road to take on a tough Terry Sanford squad for its second-round date. The Tigers are seeking their 10th win of the season and a possible rematch at Southern Durham in the next round.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/grid-playoffs-round-two/

Northwood Stunned In Playoffs; Orange, Chapel Hill Advance

Bill Hall’s nearly three-decade high school football coaching career ended with a whimper and not a bang. His Northwood Chargers were pounded by Northern Guilford 56-26 Friday night in a NCHSAA 3AA playoff opener.

The Chargers, who finished the season 9-3 overall and came into the playoffs playing their best football of the season, were never in the contest.

The 11-1 Nighthawks erupted for 35 points in the middle two quarters to blow out the Chargers. Dwain Norcott picked off Ti Pinnix and returned it 55 yards for a score for the victors.

Orange, meanwhile, needed a dramatic stop from its stellar defense on a two-point conversion in the final seconds of regulation to hold off a tough Lee County squad, 21-20 in its opener in Hillsborough.

The only area team to host a first-round game, the Panthers (11-1) needed every bit of their grit to advance as opposing running back Jerry Pullum piled up nearly 200 rushing yards.

Panther quarterback Garrett Cloer had a pair of scoring strikes in the opening half as Orange took at 14-7 lead. Eryk Brandon-Dean added a five-yard scoring dash in the third quarter as the ‘Crush’ appeared to pull away with a 21-7 advantage.

Lee County’s bruising rushing attack, including Emond Caldwell’s two yard touchdown run in the closing seconds, nearly pushed the game into overtime. Orange’s defensive line came up with a big stop, however, as the Yellow Jackets opted to go for the win on the two-point conversion and were stuffed on the attempt by Bryse Wilson.

Chapel Hill also moved on and improved to 9-3 following an easy 42-14 win over a West Brunswick (5-7) team that hosted the tilt despite coming in with a losing record.

Home field advantage meant little, however, as a focused Tiger squad recorded four touchdown passes from Connor Stough, who also threw for over 300 yards, and three scoring grabs from Arkavius Parks with two interceptions from Andy Gillespie.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/northwood-stunned-playoff-opener-orange-chapel-hill-advance/

The Grid: Playoffs – Opening Round

We’ve reached the playoffs in high school football, and three of our area schools will be looking to get past the first round under the lights Friday night and take the first step to a state championship.

The 10-1 Orange Panthers, coming off that 27-23 heartbreaking loss to Southern Durham last week, will welcome 9-2 Lee County to Hillsborough.

Meanwhile, 9-2 Northwood will hit the road to take on 10-1 Northern Guilford in head coach Bill Hall’s final postseason before stepping aside as the Charger chief.

And right here in Chapel Hill, the 8-3 Tigers will host West Brunswick in their opening round contest. All three playoff games are slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

As always, your Friday night will kick 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-playoffs-opening-round/

Southern Durham Claims Big 8 Title, Ends Orange’s Undefeated Run

Reigning state champion Southern Durham won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night in Hillsborough, dealing Orange its first loss of the season 27-23, on its way to the Big Eight conference championship.

It took a furious finish for the Spartans to get past the inspired Panthers who came out strong, building a 23-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Panther head coach Pat Moser must be getting tired of facing the Spartans.

The Spartans (11-0, 7-0 Big 8) beat Orange (10-1, 6-1) for the third straight time since the start of the Big Eight last season.  In fact, Orange hasn’t lost to any other opponent since 2012. Southern also ended Orange’s unbeaten season in the regular-season finale last year 55-41 and eliminated Orange in the third round of the playoffs 31-24.

Southern used a successful onside kick in the fourth quarter to score two touchdowns and overcome a 23-14 deficit. Star senior quarterback Kendall Hinton scored the go-ahead 15-yard touchdown run with 1:54 left.

In other Big Eight action Friday night, Northwood (9-2, 5-2) claimed a 31-6 win over Cardinal Gibbons (6-5, 3-4) and Chapel Hill (8-3, 4-3) dispatched Cedar Ridge (4-7, 2-5) 42-30.

The 3-AA state playoff brackets will be released this weekend. The Big 8 figures to play a starring role in the tournament action with at least four teams guaranteed slots.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/southern-durham-claims-big-8-title-ends-oranges-undefeated-run/

The Grid: Week 11

This week, we’ll have a double dose of high school football action on WCHL, 97.9 FM with live broadcasts on both Thursday and Friday night, Halloween.

Thursday night, we’ll take you out to Chapel Hill, where the 7-2 Tigers will host the 7-2 Northwood Chargers in a Big 8 battle that promises to come right down to the wire.

Both squads are primed for the showdown. The Tigers are coming off a 14-0 shutout win against Cardinal Gibbons, while the Chargers demolished Northern Vance 56-7.

WCHL’s Jeff Hamlin and former Cedar Ridge head coach Chris Casey will have the call starting with pregame coverage at 6:30 p.m., and they’ll take you right through the game with live play-by-play. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

It will all begin with a special Thursday edition of ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ starting at 6 p.m.

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.

We’ll continue our double dose of high school football action on WCHL on Halloween night.

We’ll take you over to Raleigh, where the 9-0 Orange Panthers will continue their drive for an undefeated season in another Big 8 battle at 6-3 Cardinal Gibbons.

The Panthers are coming off a 49-0 shutout win against Webb, while the Crusaders were shut out themselves by the Tigers of Chapel Hill.

WCHL’s Jeff Hamlin will have the call starting with pregame coverage at 6:30 p.m., and he’ll take you right through the game with live play-by-play. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

As always, ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ will open proceedings at 6 p.m.

http://chapelboro.com/the-grid/grid-week-11/

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 Nine

Week nine of high school football action on WCHL features another Big 8 conference showdown as 6-1 Chapel Hill travels to Hillsborough to take on 7-0 Orange.

The Tigers lost a 6-0 decision to the Panthers in 2013 on a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired. Both squads will be looking to establish their ball control offenses early on in this physical contest where points figure to be a premium.

Jeff Hamlin and Chris Casey will have the call of the 7 p.m. Friday kickoff on 97.9 FM, WCHL. Live pregame coverage from Hillsborough will begin at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll also bring you live updates of the undefeated defending state champions in Southern Durham as they get challenged by the 6-1 Northwood Chargers in Pittsboro.

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/news/grid-week-nine/

HS Girls’ Basketball: Chapel Hill 46 – Cardinal Gibbons 28

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VIDEO: Chapel Hill Tiger Girls Complete Perfect Regular Season

CHAPEL HILL – The Tigers capped a perfect regular season Monday night, rolling over visiting Cardinal Gibbons 46-28 to improve to a remarkable 23-0 overall.

Listen back to the game here.

The Tigers (14-0 Big Eight) controlled the tilt from the outset, building a 12-2 first quarter lead and taking a nine-point lead into intermission.

On the strength of a balanced attack, led by Catherine Romaine’s 14 points and 11 from Jamella Smith, Chapel Hill put the contest away with a 16-7 third quarter run.

Cardinal Gibbons, a dangerous team despite getting handled twice by the Tigers this season for their only conference setbacks, didn’t have a player reach double-figure scoring.

Tigers coach Sherry Norris said she wanted her team to clamp down defensively on the Crusaders.

“My team had a great defensive effort in shutting down Cardinal Gibbons,” Norris said. “We went into the game not wanting to foul them to put them at the free throw line and make them take tough shots.”

There were plenty of smiling faces from the Tigers after the game, including Smith.

“Everything about this makes me happy in how we were able to come out and win a tough game,” Smith said. “I feel good about how we’re playing heading into the playoffs.”

If the Tigers can win nine more in a row they will capture a state title that just eluded them last season in the championship contest.

Big-Eight conference tournament action begins Wednesday night at which time No. 1 seed Chapel Hill will host the No. 8 seed, which will be announced soon. The tournament championship for both the girls and the boys will be held Friday night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively. You can hear both games live on WCHL and Chapelboro.com beginning with pregame coverage at 5:00 p.m.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/chapel-hill-tiger-girls-complete-perfect-regular-season/