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 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/

WCHL Introduces Chapelboro Cup for 2014 High School Football

CHAPEL HILL – Chapelboro and WCHL are excited to announce the Chapelboro Cup, an award to be given annually to the Chapelboro-area high school football team with the best record.

“The competition among our six area schools is at a very high level every year,” says Ran Northam, WCHL’s News and Sports Director. “Each of the last two years, one or more of our teams has made it to the state semifinals after winning their conference tournament. Despite the teams being spread across multiple conferences, the strong cross-town rivalries make for consistently thrilling matchups.”

Chapelboro’s six area teams are the Chapel Hill Tigers, East Chapel Hill Wildcats, Carrboro Jaguars, Orange Panthers, Cedar Ridge Red Wolves, and Northwood Chargers.

The Chapelboro Cup shows WCHL’s and Chapelboro’s continued commitment to coverage of local high school athletics. Last year we created a second broadcast for high school football games each Friday night so that at least two and as many as four of our teams are on the air each week. We also have a page devoted to high school athletics on Chapelboro.com, which will get a makeover next year with the creation of the Chapelboro Cup.

Full details will be released before the kickoff of the 2014 high school football season.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/wchl-introduces-chapelboro-cup-2014-high-school-football/

Panthers Look To Keep Boys Basketball Record Clean

RALEIGH – The Orange Panthers boys’ basketball team takes its unblemished conference record on the road to Raleigh Friday night to take on their Big-Eight foe Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders.

At the mid-way point in the conference schedule Greg Motley’s Panthers have cruised to a 7-0 record–Orange snuck past rival Cedar Ridge Thursday night, 65-61. Marque Cunningham’s Crusaders sit fourth in the conference at 3-4.

Orange continues to average more than 70 points per game while Cardinal Gibbons is only averaging close to 54. The Panthers will once again look to push the pace to increase their chances for a win.

WCHL Championship Sports travels to Raleigh Friday for the broadcast of Orange and Cardinal Gibbons. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/panthers-look-keep-clean-boys-basketball-record/

The Grid with Matt & Matt: Playoffs-Round Two

CHAPEL HILL–  The hunt for the high school football state championship rolls on Friday night with the second round of the playoffs. Postseason play leaves no room for error and 11-1 Orange High School looks to stay alive when they face Cleveland.

Tune in to the 11-1 Orange “Crush” Panthers as they attempt to set up a rematch with Southern Durham, the team that spoiled their run at an undefeated regular season a couple weeks ago. Head Coach Pat Moser’s squad will be traveling to take on a worthy opponent in 9-3 Cleveland. Orange will need their stingy defense to slow down the Ram attack.

Tune in to coverage from Clayton with Paul Connell and Jeff Hamlin Friday at 7 p.m. on 97. 9 FM, WCHL and streaming live on Chapelboro.com.

And don’t forget, Friday at 6:30 p.m., WCHL’s lively duo of Matt Oakes and Matt Paul wil have your pregame show. They’ll be breaking down the big game, sitting down with the head coaches of many of your favorite teams, releasing WCHL/Chapelboro.com’s Super Six rankings, making some bold predictions, and unveiling The Grid Great of the Week. And this week, Matt & Matt will be selecting their Play of the 2013 Regular Season.

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 and Northwood’s Bill Hall.

 

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

Opinion: The Whole Nine Yards

PURE PREMIUM ORANGE:  It’s disappointing but probably appropriate that Orange is the lone remaining squad from our area to still be in the state high school football playoffs.

Despite a tough regular season finale loss at Southern Durham, Orange is a premier program in the entire region. The Panthers, whom we re-dubbed the ‘Crush’ as an homage to the John Elway/Tom Jackson Broncos of the past and this team’s awesome defense, moved on to the second round with a 31-3 win over Rocky Mount.

Orange lived up to its billing, collecting five sacks in yet another stellar defensive effort.

The ‘Crush’ will take on a tough Cleveland squad in round two. Cleveland thumped Gray’s Creek 33-13. Isaac Martin ran for 117 yards and three scores while Aaron Farmer threw for 114 yards and ran for 109 more to lead the victors.

DOWN AND OUT: Chapel Hill was thumped by Southern Durham 40-6 and Pittsboro fell to Eastern Alamance in a 56-21 rout, capping both their seasons.

Brandon Wendel, a WCHL/Chapelboro.com ‘Grid Great of the Week’ during the regular season, opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run but the Spartans rolled from there behind quarterback Kendall Hinton’s 67-yard scamper. The senior amassed 352 yards of total offense – 181 passing, 171 rushing – and two touchdowns.

The Chargers were never in their road contest, as Bill Hall’s troops fell behind 35-0 at the half. Malcolm Summers had three touchdowns – 40- and 50-yard rushing plays and a 73-yard pass reception for the winners, who travel to nemesis Western Alamance tonight.

‘MATT & MATT’ ROLL ON: Matt Oakes and I will recap all three playoff tilts, interview an area coach or two and select our WCHL/Chapelboro.com ‘Grid Great Of The Week’ Friday night at 6p on our weekly show. If time allows, which lately is has not in our jam-packed show, we’ll also run down our ‘Super Six’ poll of area teams.

Last week, Orange proved it’s a worthy No. 1 with the area’s lone playoff win, while No. 2 and No. 3 Northwood and Chapel Hill bowed out in the opening round. The Chargers still had an impressive campaign, while the Tigers competed in several games but failed to pull out a significant win.

No. 4 Carrboro opened the season 3-0, including a win over Chapel Hill, but floundered in dropping seven of eight. No. 5 East Chapel Hill and No. 6 Cedar Ridge capped their regular seasons with improved play but they are where they are in the poll for a reason.

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

HS Football Roundup: Orange Marches On While CH, Northwood Bow Out

DURHAM– Round one of the state playoffs in high school football featured some intriguing match-ups involving three local schools.

Chapel Hill’s season came to an end with a 40-6 loss at Southern Durham. Somehow, the Tigers found a way to slip into the playoffs with a 4-7 record, but the 9-2 Spartans were too much for them on this night.

With the victory, Southern Durham improved to 10-2 on the year and moved on to the second round of the tournament where they will face a daunting challenge against Cardinal Gibbons.

Meanwhile over in Hillsborough, the 10-1 Orange Panthers were busy shutting down 8-3 Rocky Mount in a 31-3 decision.

The vaunted Panther defense reappeared Friday night after a hiatus against Southern Durham a week ago. Running back Tay Jones recorded a 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Next up, Head Coach Pat Moser’s squad will take on 9-3 Cleveland in the second round.

If both Orange and Southern Durham win their games next week, they will meet for an anticipated rematch of their regular season finale that saw the Spartans spoil Orange’s run at an undefeated season.

Not to be forgotten, the Northwood Chargers were in playoff action Friday night as well. Things didn’t go too well for Head Coach Bill Hall’s team as they fell 56-21 on the road at Eastern Alamance.

Northwood tailback Kadarus Rone fumbled the ball away early on in the first quarter. The turnover resulted in a score for the Eagles, and Eastern Alamance never looked back from there as they lit up the scoreboard to advance.

 

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/hs-football-roundup-orange-marches-on-while-ch-northwood-bow-out/

The Grid w/ Matt & Matt: Week 12

CHAPEL HILL– It’s the final week of high school gridiron action of the regular season. Postseason play begins next week. A few intriguing local showdowns certainly have the potential to light up your Friday night, but none more so than the Orange Panthers’ drive to perfection against Southern Durham.

On Chapelboro.com at 7 p.m., tune in to the undefeated Orange “Crush” Panthers as they attempt to put the finishing touches on the season with yet another victory. This week, Head Coach Pat Moser’s squad faces a formidable opponent in the form of the 8-2 Spartans of Southern Durham.

Last week, Orange pulled away from perennial powerhouse Cardinal Gibbons 49-28 and Southern Durham throttled Webb 56-7.

Will the Panthers be able to shut down the high-flying attack of the Spartans and cap off the undefeated year? You won’t want to miss history being made.

Tune in to pregame coverage from Durham with Paul Connell Friday at 6:30 p.m on 97. 9 FM, WCHL.

Exclusively on Chapelboro.com, you can catch the live game coverage of the showdown starting at 7 p.m.

But there is plenty of other area action including Cedar Ridge at Chapel Hill and Northwood traveling to face Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh.

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/Chapelboro’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, Cedar Ridge’s Chris Casey and Northwood’s Bill Hall.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/the-grid-w-matt-matt-week-12/

Drive to Perfection: Orange Panthers Sit on Doorstep of Undefeated Year

HILLSBOROUGH–Orange High School has been quietly going about their business this season-as quietly as a dominant, undefeated powerhouse can be. Or as quietly as a unit that has outscored its opponents 422-85 can possibly be.

But now, here they are. The Orange “Crush” Panthers are on the doorstep of perfection. If they defeat 8-2 Southern Durham Friday night, Head Coach Pat Moser’s boys will have run the gauntlet and completed a perfect regular season of play at 11-0.

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But Coach Moser says around the locker room, they really haven’t been talking about the shot at an undefeated campaign. They just take it one step at a time.

“There’s really been no talk of it amongst the team. We haven’t brought it up as a staff,” Coach Moser says.

Coach Moser says some of the “old-timers” around the school have reminded him the last time Orange had a run like this back in the 70’s, their one blemish on the schedule came to a familiar opponent, Southern Durham. So you can bet Orange is fully engaged for the battle that lies ahead under the lights Friday night.

“It’s important [to go undefeated]. And we want to do it. But at the same time, Southern Durham is a top-notch state contender, and we’re going to have to play well,” Coach Moser says.

Last week’s opponent for the Panthers, Cardinal Gibbons, reminds Coach Moser a lot of Southern Durham, and the explosive offensive challenge his team will face. Coach Moser says he will be hoping for a similar defensive solution to cap off the regular season. The score was tied at 28 last week before some halftime adjustments inspired Orange to deliver a second half shutout, leaving no do doubt of their dominance.

“They’re very similar to Cardinal Gibbons. The only difference really is they have quarterbacks that can move and scramble. They both can deliver the ball deep. Their offenses are explosive and can score quickly. They got big play capability,” Coach Moser says.

Everyone can follow along as Orange aims for the undefeated season on Friday night starting at 6 p.m. with The Grid with Matt & Matt pregame show on 97. 9 FM WCHL followed by live streaming of the big game on Chapelboro.com.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/drive-to-perfection-orange-panthers-sit-on-doorstep-of-undefeated-year/