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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/

The Grid: Week Eight

Week eight of high school football action on WCHL features a battle for Hillsborough bragging rights between the undefeated Orange Panthers, 6-0 on the season, and the 2-4 Cedar Ridge Red Wolves. Orange starts as the heavy favorite, but in rivalry games like this one, anything can happen.

Paul Connell 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.

Exclusively right here on Chapelboro.com, we’ll bring you live streaming of the local contest between struggling East Chapel Hill and Durham Riverside. Jeff Hamlin will be on the mic for that one.

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-eight/

The Grid: Week Seven

We’ve already passed the midway point of the high school football season.

Week seven of high school gridiron action on WCHL features another big-time showdown between two undefeated Big 8 conference schools. The collision between the 5-0 Chapel Hill Tigers and the 5-0 Southern Durham Spartans promises to be an entertaining contest under the lights in Chapel Hill.

The Tigers, boasting a rugged offensive and defensive line, have brushed aside their first five opponents, but will they have enough skill to dethrone the defending 3A state champions in Southern Durham? The Spartans have one of the premier players in the state in their offensive arsenal with senior quarterback Kendall Hinton.

We’ll 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-seven/

The Grid: Week 6

Week six of high school football on WCHL features a highly-anticipated showdown between two undefeated Big 8 conference schools. The collision between the 4-0 Northwood Chargers and the 4-0 Orange Panthers promises to be an absolute slugfest.

The Chargers, in head coach Bill Hall’s final season, have romped through their first four opponents, only surrendering 29 points in the process. The Panthers, meanwhile, are loaded with veteran experience and athleticism all over the field.

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

Exclusively on Chapelboro.com, we’ll stream the resurgent Cedar Ridge Red Wolves, sitting at 2-2 on the season, as they welcome an always well-coached Cardinal Gibbons squad with a 3-1 record.

Jeff Hamlin will have the call on Chapelboro.com at 7 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-6/

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: Week Four

Week four of high school football on WCHL features an intriguing contest between the 2-1 Carrboro Jaguars and the undefeated Northwood Chargers, sitting at 3-0. The collision in Carrboro promises to produce a high-octane offensive shootout.

The Jaguars suffered their first defeat at the hands of the surging Chapel Hill Tigers last week, but the Chargers continued their dominant play with a 37-7 demolition of rival Jordan-Matthews.

Paul Connell and Chris Casey will have the call of the 7:30 pm Friday kickoff right here on WCHL. Pregame coverage will begin at 7 p.m.

In addition to that one, we’ll stream the high school gridiron showdown between the improving 2-1 Cedar Ridge Red Wolves and the 0-3 Riverside Pirates on our website, Chapelboro.com.

The game will be broadcast exclusively on Chapelboro.com. Jeff Hamlin will have the call for you at 7:30 p.m. live from Hillsborough.

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, 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-four/

The Whole Nine Yards – Wk. 4

Talk about symmetry … after three weeks, we have three area high school football teams that are 3-0.

It pretty much had to happen that way after Orange rolled to a 45-12 win over Durham-Riverside and Carrboro fell from the unbeaten ranks with a decisive 41-19 home field loss to Chapel Hill in our WCHL game of the week.

What wasn’t expected was the Tigers rout or the beating Northwood put on Chatham rival Jordan-Matthews to keep up with Orange and Chapel Hill. The Chargers, after all, barely defeated the Siler City foe last season and JM surely wanted to ruin Bill Hall’s last chance to defeat them.

So, in case we don’t get to it on Friday’s edition of “The Grid with Matt & Matt” here are our Chapelboro Cup Standings for the week.

Chapelboro Cup Standings

Week 3

T1. Chapel Hill 3-0
T1. Orange 3-0
T1. Northwood 3-0
T4. Carrboro 2-1
T4. Cedar Ridge 2-1
6. East Chapel Hill 0-3

Join Matt Oakes and I at 6:30 pm as we review last week’s action, preview Friday night’s WCHL and Chapelboro.com games of the week and count down our ‘Super Six’. We’ll also select a ‘Grid Great of the Week’.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER: Can Carrboro bounce back and show toughness when it travels to Pittsboro Friday night for a battle with the Chargers? Can the Jags add some balance to their offense so teams can’t key on standout running back Trai Sharp? Are the Chargers becoming a juggernaut or is it too soon to tell?

Is this Cedar Ridge team for real in what should be a 3-1 to start to the season? Their only setback thus far was a shootout loss to the Jags in the opener. Imagine if the Red Wolves had managed to pull out a win in that contest! Will they move up in both the Chapelboro Cup Standings AND our ‘Super Six’ rankings in the next two weeks.

What is the total number of ‘Zero’ candy bars that Pat Moser will wind up handing out to his team this season? The number of shutouts times the number of players on the Panthers dictates the answer. Just imagine if a can of Orange ‘Crush’ was included in the deal!

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http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/whole-nine-yards-wk-4/

The Grid: Week 3

Week three of high school football on WCHL features a local showdown between two undefeated teams as the 2-0 Carrboro Jaguars play host to the 2-0 Chapel Hill Tigers. The matchup pits two squads hungry to continue their turnarounds from a season ago.

The Tigers have earned some revenge from losses in 2013 with back-to-back victories over Riverside and South Granville to open their 2014 campaign. Meanwhile, the Jaguars opened with a thrilling shootout victory over an improving Cedar Ridge team and followed that up with a decisive win at East Chapel Hill. The Tigers-Jaguars tilt could go a long way in deciding our inaugural Chapelboro Cup champion.

Jeff Hamlin and Chris Casey will have the call of the 7:30 p.m. Friday kickoff at Carrboro on 97.9 FM, WCHL beginning at 7 p.m. with pregame coverage.

There’s plenty of other high school gridiron matchups that we will keep you updated on including between the 2-0 Orange Panthers facing Riverside, undefeated Northwood taking on Jordan-Matthews and the 1-1 Cedar Ridge Red Wolves hosting the 0-2 East Chapel Hill Wildcats in Hillsborough.

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 the WCHL/Chapelboro ‘Super Six’ rankings.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/grid-week-3/

The Grid: Week Two

Week two of high school football on WCHL features an intriguing contest between the 1-0 Carrboro Jaguars and the 0-1 East Chapel Hill Wildcats. The matchup pits two teams led by new head coaches.

The Wildcats struggled to find their form in a blowout loss to the Northwood Chargers last week, but the Jaguars were able to defend their home turf in week one and claim a thrilling back-and-forth win against an upstart Cedar Ridge Red Wolves squad.

Paul Connell and Chris Casey will have the call of the 7:30 pm kickoff on WCHL.

In addition to that one, we’ll stream the high school gridiron showdown between the 1-0 Orange Panthers and 0-1 Northern Durham on Chapelboro.com.

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

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 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-two/

The Whole Nine Yards

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.

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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’.

Matt Paul can be contacted via Twitter @mattauge or onlinedonations.us and message Matt Oakes via Twitter @moakes3 or by email at moakes@wchl.com .

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/whole-nine-yards/