Friday Night Fight Between Cedar Ridge and Riverside Could Mean No Playoffs

Two local high school football teams are awaiting their playoff fate, even though the season is still in its early stages.

The News & Observer was first to report on Monday that Riverside and Cedar Ridge High Schools were going to be ruled ineligible for the state playoffs after the two teams got into a late-game brawl on Friday night in Hillsborough.

The game was being carried live on WCHL at the time of the altercation. WCHL’s Colin Schultz was on play-by-play for the game and described a play ending on the Riverside sideline late in the fourth quarter. Riverside had the game was well in hand with a 20-3 score line when the Cedar Ridge defense tackled the Riverside ball carrier into the visiting team’s sideline.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules state that any team with three or more players ejected for fighting will not be allowed to compete in the postseason.

Cedar Ridge was off to a 3-0 start; the best start in school history.

Both teams will have an opportunity to appeal the decision.

A request for comment from Cedar Ridge officials was not returned on Monday.

Local High School Football Games Postponed Due to Hermine

All local high school football has been postponed this week as Tropical Storm Hermine is making its way through the southeastern United States.

The storm made landfall in Florida early Friday morning as a hurricane and could bring heavy rainfall to central North Carolina late Friday night and into Saturday morning.

Friday’s slate of games included East Chapel Hill High at Cedar Ridge, Riverside at Orange High and Chapel Hill High at Carrboro.

All three of those games have been rescheduled for six o’clock Monday evening to avoid any possible dangers from Hermine.

Chansky’s Notebook: Why Not a One Team Town?

I will say it again. Chapel Hill should have one high school football team.

Just because Chapel Hill has three high schools, why does it need three football teams in a town where football is not very popular among the kids, who win state championships galore in a bunch of other sports? They should have turned off the Friday night lights, which was an embarrassing case in point on opening night.

The three local high schools all were shut out and outscored by a whopping 137-0. Chapel Hill got hammered by Durham Riverside, 35-0, East Chapel Hill opened at home and was blistered by Northern Vance of Henderson, 42-0, and Carrboro, well, Carrboro was demolished by Cedar Ridge, 60-0. Yep, that adds up to 137-zip.

This is nothing against the coaches who work their tails off at each school and the kids who do come out play hard and some of them are pretty good, but there simply aren’t enough of them. Chapel Hill has only 31 on its roster; East Chapel Hill isn’t much better with 35 and Carrboro, surprisingly, has the most, 41 players.

Those roster numbers aren’t way off the norm, even for bigger schools with more established programs. But for high schools that really take football seriously, the sport is year round with informal workouts and individual players training during the entire off-season. You have to believe that most of the players on local teams are what former East Carolina coach Pat Dye used to call “skinny-legged kids.”

But you can’t take three separate high schools and make one football team from them. Why not? Has anyone ever asked and offered it as an alternative to one or two of the schools putting up the pads for good? Carrboro and East Chapel Hill excel in so many other sports, and coaches there have to recruit kids to come out for the football team; forget getting them to work out in the off-season.

Chapel Hill has three high schools for a reason – the money is here to build more schools and have better student-teacher ratios and programs that benefit everybody. Football, it seems, isn’t benefiting anybody. Well, something’s gotta give this week. Carrboro plays at East Friday. Can anyone say scoreless tie?

High School Football Preview: Week 3

This week WCHL will be at Chapel Hill High School cover the game between CHHS and Carrboro. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 o’clock.

Last year Chapel Hill beat Carrboro 41-19.

The Tigers got their first win of the season last week against South Granville 46-29. They were led by QB Conner Stough, who showed off his legs as well as his arm. He threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.

Carrboro is coming off of a close loss to East Chapel Hill last week 30-27. The Jaguars are looking to build off the momentum RB Greyson Magee built; the senior ran for 165 yards and four touchdowns. Despite his strong performance, the Jaguars still fell to 0-2 on the season.

Make sure to tune into WCHL for coverage of the game this weekend.

In other action, Orange travels to Riverside and Northwood travels to Jordan Matthews. Cedar Ridge knocked off East Chapel Hill on Thursday night 29-6.

Weekend Sports Roundup

While the UNC football team has to wait until Thursday to get its season started, several other Carolina teams were in action over the weekend.

On the soccer pitch, the Carolina women’s soccer team continued its impressive stretch to start the season with two more victories over the weekend. The Tar Heels knocked off the Texas Longhorns 2-0 on Friday night and followed that up with a 5-0 win against the University of Texas at San Antonio, on Sunday. UNC has now won its first four matches of the season by a combined score of 17-0.

Meanwhile, the men’s side got into the action for the first time over the weekend. Carolina won twice with victories over Florida International and Santa Clara, by a cumulative 4-0 score.

The North Carolina field hockey team got off to a very strong start to its season, winning twice by a score 2-1, against Michigan on Saturday afternoon followed by a victory over Iowa on Sunday as part of the ACC/Big Ten challenge.

Finally, the UNC volleyball team picked up its first win of the 2015 season with a sweep of Chicago State on Saturday night in Carolina’s final match of the Women of Troy Baden Invitational. The Tar Heels lost to Southern California and BYU in its opening two matches at the tournament before coming into form against Chicago State.

And in high school football, in the game WCHL game of the week, East Chapel Hill knocked off Carrboro at Carrboro High 30-27; Chapel Hill beat South Granville 46-29; Orange High got a comeback victory over Northern Durham 20-13; Charlotte Latin beat Northwood 48-13; and Jordan Matthews got past Cedar Ridge 40-29.

High School Football Preview: Week 2

Football is back across our community again tonight.

WCHL will broadcast the game Friday night between Carrboro High School and East Chapel Hill High School. The game will start at 7:30

East is looking to avenge a 42-12 loss to the Jaguars last year. Both East and Carrboro are coming off of a loss in their first games of the season last week.

Carrboro lost to Cedar Ridge 56-15. The Jaguars were torched by Cedar Ridge QB Peyton Pappas, who went 8-9 for 103 yards and three touchdowns, and RB Shemar Miles, who ran for 161 yards and also scored three touchdowns.

In their first game of the season the Wildcats fell to Northern Vance by a score of 26-15.

As both teams look to right the ship and get back on track with a victory on Friday night, WCHL will have all of the coverage you are looking for.

In other action this week, Chapel Hill travels to South Granville, Cedar Ridge takes on Jordan Matthews, Orange defends their home field against Northern Durham and Northwood is up against Charlotte Latin at home.

You can see the full schedule here.

Football Season Is Back!

It’s that time of the year again! As we close out the month of August and kids head back to school that can only mean one thing – high school football season is here.

Check in regularly to WCHL and Chapelboro for all of your local coverage.

For a complete schedule for all local high school teams and to find out which games we will be covering throughout the season, click here.

Chapel Hill ‘Express’ Derailed at Northern Guilford in 3AA semifinal

The Chapel Hill High School football team’s marvelous playoff run came to a screeching halt, as the Tigers were walloped by Northern Guilford 34-15 on Friday night in a state 3AA semifinal contest.

The No. 12 seeded Tigers (11-4), who earned the “Express” moniker after impressive road wins at West Brunswick, Terry Sanford and most notably Southern Durham, seemingly ran out of steam against the Greensboro area foe.

CJ Freeman was the Nighthawks star, piling up three rushing scores before getting knocked out of the game with a possible head injury midway through the third quarter. He was upset at first about not being able to re-enter the game, but was later celebrating the lopsided victory with his teammates.

No. 7 Northern Guilford (14-1) advances to face Weddington. which toppled Cuthbertson in the other semifinal, next Saturday for the state 3AA title at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium. The powerhouse Nighthawks will be playing for their fourth state title in less than a decade.

The Tigers hopes at playing under the big lights in Raleigh collapsed under the weight of five turnovers, including four interceptions by quarterback Connor Stough. The signal-caller threw for over 200 yards, but Chapel Hill had to take to the air too often and abandon its rushing attack when the Tigers fell behind early.

Freeman had touchdown runs of 2 and 6 yards for a 13-0 Nighthawks lead. Chapel Hill cut into the lead briefly on a Jeff McNeal short touchdown plunge midway through the second quarter to make it 13-7.

That was as close as the Tigers would come, however, as Freeman’s third touchdown dash before intermission put the Nighthawks up 20-7.

Northern Guilford quarterback Cam Harris sealed Chapel Hill’s fate in the second half with a touchdown run and scoring strike.

Stough hit Austin Turner on a late touchdown pass for his 25th scoring strike, but the junior quarterback and the “Express” had made their final stop of the season.

‘Express Delivery’: Upset-Minded Tigers Take On Nighthawks

On the road again, the Chapel Hill High football team just can’t wait to get on the road again.

The 11-3 Tigers will load up their team buses again Friday and travel to No. 7 seed Northern Guilford for a state 3AA semifinal playoff game.

Like the refrain from the classic country-western song, the No. 12 seeded Tigers have absolutely thrived on the road in this 3AA playoff campaign.

Chapel Hill has already toppled West Brunswick, Terry Sanford and Southern Durham away from home, though the Nighthawks should offer the Tigers their toughest challenge yet.

If Northern Guilford wins, it will have pulled off the impressive feat of defeating our area’s top three programs, including Northwood and Orange, this season.

The winner will advance to play the victor in the other semis matchup, Weddington vs. Cuthbertson, the following Saturday for the state 3AA title at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium.

‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ will get the ball rolling at 6:30 p.m., followed by pre-game coverage at 7 p.m. The Tigers and Nighthawks are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill Shocks Southern Durham In Third Round; Orange Stomped By Northern Guilford

The Chapel Hill High School football team did the unthinkable Friday night, stunning the undefeated defending state champion Southern Durham 39-28 in a Class 3AA third-round playoff game.

The No. 12 seeded Tigers were a prohibitive underdog coming in and lost to Southern Durham, the top seed, 38-12 in early October. Despite making major strides Chapel Hill also lost in a rout to Northwood and in heartbreaking fashion to Orange in the regular season.

Southern Durham, the defending state champions in the division, saw a remarkable 27-game winning streak come crashing down under the weight of a steamrolling Chapel Hill express.

The hungry Tigers (12-3) pounced on the Spartans for an early 9-0 lead and consistently fought off the Spartans (13-1) throughout in mostly maintaining a lead. Southern Durham, to its credit, fought back to make it 22-22 at intermission, but then allowed the next two scores early in the third and fourth quarters as the Tigers held on.

Tigers quarterback Connor Stough completed 23-of-43 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown, with Logan Tisch adding a pair of touchdown runs. Andrew Gillespie’s 35 yard touchdown run came early in the fourth quarter and was crucial in the win.

Connor Albrecht, WCHL/’s ‘Grid Great of the Week’ this past week again did his part with a late field goal that provided the final cushion.

Chapel Hill’s defense also amassed five sacks of Southern Durham standout quarterback Kendall Hinton.

Orange, which may have unwittingly fueled Chapel Hill’s amazing run with a 38-37 win over the Tigers in the regular season, wasn’t so fortunate in its third-round clash.

The Panthers, aka ‘Crush’, were overrun in the second quarter by three touchdowns en route to a bruising 31-7 loss at the hands of Northern Guilford.

C.J. Freeman had a two-yard touchdown run and quarterback Cam Harris ran for one score and threw for another as the Nighthawks built a 21-0 lead.

A field goal and another Harris touchdown strike, this time to Max Maynard, all but put it away for Northern Guilford. The Nighthawks (13-1), who beat Northwood in the opening round, will host Chapel Hill next Friday in the semifinals of the 3AA state playoffs.

Garrett Cloer hit Bryse Wilson for a touchdown pass for the Panthers, who ended their still impressive season at 13-2.