The Grid w/ Matt & Matt: Playoffs-Round 1

CHAPEL HILL– The brackets are set. And the hunt for the state championship begins Friday night with the first round of the playoffs. Postseason play leaves no room for error as three of our area schools face elimination.

On at 7 p.m., tune in to the 10-1 Orange “Crush” Panthers as they attempt to rebound from that stunning loss at Southern Durham last week. Head Coach Pat Moser’s squad will be hosting a worthy opponent in Rocky Mount. Orange will need their stingy defense to reemerge to make a deep push into the tournament.

Will the Panthers be able to shut down the Rocky Mount attack and advance to the second round of the playoffs? You won’t want to miss any of the action.

Tune in to coverage from Hillsborough with Jeff Hamlin Friday at 7 p.m. exclusively on

In the other feature game of the night, Chapel Hill will head over to Southern Durham to take on the high-flying attack of the 9-2 conference champion Spartans. The Chapel Hill Tigers are a much more formidable team than their 4-7 record suggests so this one could be a competitive affair.

Tune in to coverage from Durham with Paul Connell Friday at 7 p.m. exclusively on

And don’t forget, each Friday at 6 p.m., WCHL’s lively duo of Matt Oakes and Matt Paul will be breaking down all the big games, sitting down with the head coaches of many of your favorite teams, releasing WCHL/’s Super Six rankings, making some bold predictions, and unveiling The Grid Great of the Week.

You can catch up on the entire season of The Grid with Matt & Matt by clicking here.

This Friday, Matt and Matt will chat with Orange’s Pat Moser, Chapel Hill’s Isaac Marsh, and Northwood’s Bill Hall.

Northwood Dominates Southern Lee, 56-31

PITTSBORO – Ti Pinnix and Jalen Smith are just a couple of cousins playing a game of catch football.
At least it seems that way.
The Northwood High tandem was electric for the second straight week, leading the Chargers to a dominating 56-31 win over an overpowered Southern Lee squad Friday night.
Pinnix threw for an amazing 500 yards, completing 29 of 49 passes. He wasn’t perfect, tossing a pair of picks, but it didn’t seem to matter much as the Chargers built a 17-9 halftime lead.
Pinnix connected with Smith for a 75-yard scoring strike late in the opening quarter. Pinnix found Smith a second time for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the second stanza as the Chargers took control.
Lee was in the contest early, taking a 9-7 lead on a safety and an Emond Caldwell to Aaron Blockman 24-yard touchdown pass.
Anthony Castro’s 23 yard field goal and Smith’s scoring grab put Northwood ahead for good, however. Smith finished with 10 catches for 221 yards and three touchdowns for a second straight terrific game for the wideout.
Northwood’s running game actually iced the contest after intermission as Kadarus Rone piled up most of his 74 yards, including touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards.
Caldwell passed for 320 yards and three scores, but completed just 18 of 43 passes. Blockman had 10 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns though most of Lee’s offense came with the contest out of reach.
Northwood is 2-0 to start the season, following a rout of East Chapel Hill in the opener, but coach Bill Hall said he sees plenty of room for improvement.
“Offensively we have got to get better,” Hall said. “But I do see improvement with every play.”
Despite allowing a batch of points, Hall liked his team’s defensive play.
“Our defensive line played well and we forced them to throw the ball,” he noted.