‘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.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/express-delivery-upset-minded-tigers-take-nighthawks/

The Grid: Playoffs – Round Two

Two of our area teams will be in action Friday night when the high school football playoffs roll on. While Northwood was knocked out by Northern Guilford last week, Chapel Hill ripped South Brunswick and Orange outlasted Lee County.

Friday, WCHL will air its exclusive high school football show ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ at 6:30 p.m., followed by Orange’s second-round game, a test at Corinth Holders.

Pregame coverage for the Panthers tilt begins at 7 p.m., followed by kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Hamlin and Chris Casey will have the call.

Chapel Hill, meanwhile, hits the road to take on a tough Terry Sanford squad for its second-round date. The Tigers are seeking their 10th win of the season and a possible rematch at Southern Durham in the next round.

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

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 Ten

Week ten of high school football action on WCHL features another Big 8 battle as 6-2 Chapel Hill continues its tough gauntlet of games by welcoming 6-2 Cardinal Gibbons to town.

The Tigers lost a heartbreaking 38-37 decision to the undefeated Orange Panthers last week and will be hungry to bounce back with a win against the perennial powerhouse Crusaders.

Paul Connell 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.

We’ll also bring you live streaming right here on Chapelboro.com of the 3-5 Carrboro Jaguars as they try to mount a playoff push starting with conference rival Jordan-Matthews. Jeff Hamlin will have the play-by-play for you there.

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/sports/high-school/grid-week-ten/

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 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!

Tweet Matt Paul at @mattauge and check out onlinedonations.us for a great fundraiser for your high school program.

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

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/