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The Grid: Southern Durham @ Orange

An undefeated season and a conference title will be on the line under the lights Friday night.

In our WCHL high school football game of the week, the undefeated and defending 3-A state champion Southern Durham Spartans will take their explosive offense into Hillsborough to face a fellow unbeaten conference rival – the Orange Panthers.

Tay Jones (High School OT)

Tay Jones (High School OT)

For the second straight season, Orange head coach Pat Moser’s squad will face off against a familiar opponent in their regular season finale. Last season, the Panthers had their run at perfection spoiled by the Spartans on their way to the state title.

This season, the Panthers are led by two seniors in quarterback Garrett Cloer and running back Tay Jones. On the other side of the field, the stingy Orange defense will have its hands full against senior signal caller Kendall Hinton, who’s committed to play for Wake Forest next year.

Kendall Hinton (Scout.com)

Kendall Hinton (Scout.com)

The undefeated showdown will be broadcast on 97.9 FM, WCHL starting at 6:30 p.m. with pregame coverage from Hillsborough. Jeff Hamlin and Chris Casey will have the call.

But it all begins Friday night 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-southern-durham-orange/

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 Five

Week five of high school football action on WCHL features a cross-town rivalry between the surging 3-0 Chapel Hill Tigers and the struggling East Chapel Hill Wildcats, still in search of their first win. But in rivalry games like this one, records can normally be thrown out the window.

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 Chapel Hill will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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 Super Six rankings.

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

The Grid: Cedar Ridge

HILLSBOROUGH–The dog days of summer provide a definite lull in the normal buzzing of sports activity in every other season. With the unfortunate void, minds tend to wander to the end of August, when the glories of football return.

Although on a national scale, the college and professional games garner nearly all the attention, for some purists, there is nothing better than Friday night lights. Yes, high school football reigns supreme in many regions.

And if you can cast your eyes past the giant in the room that is UNC in these neck of the woods, you may just find a palpable mix of passion and performance on the gridiron that has many locals all fired up!

In this edition of our high school football preview series, I had a conversation with the Head coach of the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves, Chris Casey.

In our chat, Casey seemed cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances in this coming season. And who can blame him?

For one, his team got off to a poor start in 2012 and never was able to turn things around. And add the fact that the Red Wolves are joining the powerhouse Great 8 conference loaded with tough programs coming off deep runs in the state playoffs, and you would likely be a little more contained with your expectations as well.

“We had a couple injuries right at the first part of the season which caused us to change what we were doing. We lost some close games at the beginning, and I don’t know if we ever really recovered from that,” Casey said about last season.

The primary focus for Cedar Ridge in 2013 will be shoring up the defensive side of the ball, where Casey says his team must be sharper and more mentally focused to compete in the newly formed Great 8 3A conference.

“Defensively, we have a decent amount of guys returning on defense. We have to quit giving up big plays. […] Our focus this year is to keep playing solid, keep playing smart, but to not have those metal lapses and give up the big plays,” Casey said.

Casey outlined some of the keys to success for his squad that is returning numerous starters for their 2013 campaign. Above all, he wants his team to fight for every play on the field while controlling the clock in competitive games.

“We want to be a little more successful in just trying to control the ball and control the game, spread it out, and make teams work to beat us and not give games away,” Casey said.

Cedar Ridge’s Head coach appears to be emphatic in his commitment to rectify the careless mistakes his team was making last season. His mantra seems to be one of making the other team beat you.

One aspect of his team that really has Casey excited is the newly implemented offensive strategy. He says it was designed to keep opponent’s off balance, not knowing which player to hone their attention.

“We’re going to try and get all our skill guys involved in the offense. And that way there is not one guy that they say hey if we stop this guy, we can beat them,” Casey said.

The summer training program has been geared towards a more practical approach, incorporating conditioning and game simulations in order to prepare the Red Wolves for the stress and tempo of games on Friday nights.

“We have been trying to condition their muscles and their muscle memory to be geared that we have to be on the ball and ready to go,” Casey said.

Like other coaches around the league, Casey understands the quality of the conference. In the Great 8, no team can be taken lightly.

“There are no easy games on the schedule. There is not one that you can circle and say that we’re definitely going to win this game,” Casey said.

One thing is for certain: the Great 8 should live up to its name this season.  It will be compelling stuff! And Coach Casey and his Cedar Ridge team can’t wait to be a part of it.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/the-grid-cedar-ridge/