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High School Roundup: Orange “Crushing” and Carrboro Turnaround

HILLSBOROUGH– Another week of high school football is now in the books. And five of our six local teams were in action Friday night.

In our WCHL game of the week, there were no surprises. Powerhouse Orange High School continued its fine play, dismantling poor Cedar Ridge 59-7 to remain unbeaten.

Explosive Panther running back Patrick Pettiford began the onslaught with a touchdown run in the first quarter of proceedings.

And Orange quarterback Garrett Cloer, last week’s Grid Great of the Week, hooked up with Tay Jones for a 51-yard scoring strike a bit later in the contest.

Believe it or not, the Orange “Crush” actually fell behind by a touchdown to start this cross town rivalry, but Head Coach Pat Moser’s boys certainly turned it on from there, and this one was all over by halftime.

In the exclusive Chapelboro.com game of the week, the Carrboro Jaguars snapped a three-game losing streak in their conference win over Bartlett-Yancey. The Jaguars pulled out a tight one, 20-14.

In other area action, the Northwood Chargers prevailed in their tussle against Webb 33-21 to improve to 6-1 on the season. Meanwhile, the Tigers of Chapel Hill took down Northern Vance 28-24 in front of their home crowd.

East Chapel Hill, on the other hand, ran into an upstart Durham Riverside squad, falling victim by a 42-10 margin.

 

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The Grid w/ Matt & Matt: Week 8

CHAPEL HILL– The fall chill is finally in the air. And with the ‘football weather’ comes week eight of high school gridiron action featuring intriguing local match-ups that will certainly heat up your Friday night.

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On 97.9 FM WCHL and Chapelboro.com at 7 p.m., tune in to the undefeated Orange “Crush” Panthers as they host the winless Cedar Ridge Red Wolves. This game will showcase the immovable object that is Coach Pat Moser’s defense and is not one you want to miss.

Last week, Orange continued their dominant ways by posting a 56-0 shutout victory over an undermanned Northern Vance team. Cedar Ridge’s daunting schedule pitted them against a Northwood squad hungry for redemption following their loss to Orange the week before. And the Chargers faced little resistance, prevailing 79-28.

Tune in to pregame and live game coverage from Pittsboro with Paul Connell Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Exclusively on Chapelboro.com, you can catch the 3-3 Carrboro Jaguars as they look to turn things around as they head into conference play. First up will be a contest against Bartlett-Yancey. Tune in to pregame coverage and live game play-by-play streaming for this one on our website, Chapelboro.com.

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. So don’t miss out on any of that!

This Friday, Matt and Matt will be hearing from Orange’s Pat Moser, Northwood’s Bill Hall, and Carrboro’s Jason Tudryn.

 

 

 

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The Whole Nine Yards: Week 7

CHAPEL HILL– Northwood didn’t try to run the score up on Cedar Ridge on Friday night, REALLY it didn’t.

The Chargers utilized their reserves early and often in a 79-28 rout, but even many of those players were more talented than the undermanned and outgunned Red Wolves. Your heart goes out to classy coach Chris Casey and his squad, but credit the Red Wolves for not feeling sorry for themselves and staying positive in tough times.

It doesn’t get any easier for Cedar Ridge, which travels to 6-0 Orange Friday. The Panthers are EVEN better than the Chargers, which they showed in a dominant 41-21 win in Pittsboro the previous week.

WHO’S YOUR PAPPAS? – Everyone likes Jim Pappas, it’s just a matter of how much or how little. Pappas was an interesting figure again Friday night as Cedar Ridge hosted Northwood in what became a Chargers rout. Pappas, a Red Wolves assistant, is not only the father of Cedar Ridge sophomore quarterback Peyton Pappas, but has also had roles as Athletic Director at both schools.

The elder Pappas can be fiery and controversial, for sure, but he’s also a kind and decent man. The latter is my take, as Pappas gave me a shot to serve as his assistant AD for two seasons at Cedar Ridge. Anyone can also feel free to judge him as a father striving for excellence for his children, and it looks like he’s done a superb job in that department.

CARRBORO OUT OF GAS? – The mighty have fallen hard and fast at Carrboro, a state championship runner-up in 2012 that fell to 3-3 this season with three straight devastating defeats. Injuries to stars Trai Sharp and Marlin Johnson hurt the Jaguars cause for sure, but the team’s dearth of talent after the pair is still surprising.

Coach Jason Tudryn was reportedly pleased about how some youngsters played Friday but the result was still a double-digit home loss to Randleman. The Jaguars special teams certainly weren’t special in allowing a blocked punt return for a touchdown, a punt return for a touchdown and mishandling a punt return for a turnover in gifting 21 points to the visitors.

CH TRAMPLED UNDER FEET – Almost any football coach at any level will tell you they want to establish their running game in order to top their opponent. Southern Durham certainly did just that Friday in racking up 387 yards on 31 carries for over 12 yards per attempt in its 59-20 win over Chapel Hill. Despite the lopsided win, Southern didn’t appear to run up the score, either, with eight different players getting touches and no back piling up over 100 yards. It’s probably been a hard week of practice for Chapel Hill defenders, particularly on the D-Line.

SHAMELESS PLUG: Orange is No. 1 in the WCHL/Chapelboro.com ‘Super Six’ High School Football poll, while Northwood is No. 2 and winless Cedar Ridge is at the bottom rung. Be sure to tune in to ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ Friday evenings at 6 pm on 97.9 FM as we reveal the new poll, talk to area coaches, analyze and predict games and select our ‘Grid Great of the Week’.

Matt Oakes is 4-0 with his picks the last TWO weeks, which he will hopefully be gracious about?! Perhaps he may even belt out another tune as he did during Friday’s show. Matt Paul is his usual humble, or humbled self, at just 5-3 over the same span. Thankfully for listeners, I have NO plans to sing.

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The Grid w/ Matt & Matt: Week 7

CHAPEL HILL – Fall is in the air, and with it comes week seven of high school football action featuring two intriguing local match-ups that will certainly whet your football appetite.

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On 97.9 FM WCHL and Chapelboro.com, tune in to the undefeated Orange “Crush” Panthers and Northern Vance Vikings. This game featuring the incredible defense of Coach Moser’s squad is sure to light up the Friday night sky.

Last week,Orange thumped a previously unblemished Northwood Chargers team, claiming a 41-21 victory. Northern Vance has been struggling this season, finding themselves still searching for their first win.

Tune in to pregame and live game coverage from Hillsborough with Paul Connell Friday night.

Exclusively on Chapelboro.com, you can catch the high-flying attack of Northwood as as they look to shrug off their first loss on the season as they take on struggling Cedar Ridge High School.

Tune in to pregame coverage and live game play-by-play streaming on our website, Chapelboro.com.

Each week, WCHL’s Matt Oakes and Matt Paul will be breaking down all the big games, sitting down with the head coaches of all your favorite teams, releasing WCHL/Chapelboro’s Super Six rankings,  making some bold predictions, and unveiling The Grid Great of the Week. So don’t miss out on any of that!

This Friday, Matt and Matt will be hearing from Cedar Ridge’s Chris Casey, Orange’s Pat Moser, and Northwood’s Bill Hall.

You can follow all the latest on The Grid with Matt & Matt on our High School Football page by clicking the WCHL link on the navigation bar at the top of our website, Chapelboro.com.

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Friday Night Round-up

CHAPEL HILL– Yes, Orange’s mighty 41-21 victory over the Chargers of Northwood High School garnered most of the attention Friday night, but there was other notable action going on in the surrounding vicinity.

In a game exclusively covered on Chapelboro.com, Cedar Ridge’s quest for its first victory of the season fell short to the top-ranked 3A squad in the state, Cardinal Gibbons. The score line of 56-28 was predictable.

Coach Sherman’s East Chapel Hill team didn’t fare well on the road at Ragsdale. The mistakes keep piling up for them. This time, they went down 28-7.

But not all of our local teams came out on the short end of the scoreboard. Coach Isaac Marsh has begun to turn things around following a 0-3 start at Chapel Hill. And that trend continued Friday night as his Tigers pulled of a 38-31 win at Webb.

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Conference Play Kicks Off In Week Six

CHAPEL HILL –  Conference matchups kick off in week six of high school football and a pair of undefeated teams highlights the contests.

The Northwood Chargers made the jump to 3A football this season, and have so far shown that the move was not unwarranted. With a 4-0 record, the Chargers have outscored their opponents 158-70. However, this week’s opponent is a heavy hitter. The Orange Panther defense has only allowed 22 points in four contests while scoring 155. In fact, Orange is coming off two shutouts and hasn’t scored fewer than five touchdowns in any of its games.

You can hear the call from Northwood High School Friday night on 97.9 FM WCHL and Chapelboro.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.

And, be sure to tune in to The Grid with Matt and Matt at 6:00 p.m. to hear from the area’s coaches about this week’s matchups.

Cedar Ridge also made the jump to 3A football this year, and its conference opener won’t be an easy one. The Red Wolves travel to Raleigh to take on defending conference champion Cardinal Gibbons. Cedar Ridge is winless this season, but in three of its four contests, the average margin of defeat is less than a touchdown.

Exclusively on Chapelboro.com Friday, tune in to Cedar Ridge at Cardinal Gibbons; kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Carrboro Jaguars have the week off, and Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill are on the road this week. The Tigers are coming off their first win of the year over the in-town rival Wildcats. Friday night, Chapel Hill opens conference play against Oxford Webb. East Chapel Hill has this week and a bye week before conference play begins. Friday, the Wildcats take on the Ragsdale Tigers.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/conference-play-kicks-off-in-week-six/

Northwood Tops Carrboro; Orange’s Ruthless Rampage Continues

CARRBORO– Week four of high school football action delivered some top flight battles from the gridiron on a crisp, fall North Carolina evening.

In the most anticipated contest of the week, Coach Bill Hall’s Northwood Chargers made the trip over to Carrboro High School to take on the Jaguars in the WCHL game of the week. Both squads had their undefeated seasons on the line.

The first half saw a back and forth battle with both offenses overcoming some early nerves to deliver some impressive scoring drives. But when star Carrboro running back Trai Sharp was knocked out of the game in the second quarter, the game changed in the Chargers favor.

In the second half, Northwood continued to wear down the injury depleted Jaguars. And in the end, Coach Bill Hall’s squad emerged with a 41-19 victory to improve to 4-0 on the season heading into their bye week.

After the game, Coach Hall said the contest was a statement win for his team at this stage of the season.

The Orange Panthers were featured on Chapelboro.com in their match-up with Graham. And boy, did they not drop a beat. The Orange defense continued its stingy ways by shutting out Graham 35-0 to stay undefeated and set up a tantalizing showdown against Northwood in a couple weeks’ time.

Coach Moser’s defense has still yet to give up an offensive touchdown in four complete contests!

In other action, the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves headed over to Durham-Riverside in search of their first victory of the season. But Chris Casey’s team fell short once again. This time, they lost by a touchdown 38-31.

And not to be forgotten, Coach Sherman’s East Chapel Hill team played a game against Southern Alamance. They didn’t fare so well, giving up 45 points in defeat, 45-28.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/northwood-tops-carrboro-oranges-ruthless-rampage-continues/

The Grid: Orange

HILLSBOROUGH– The dog days of summer provide a definite lull in the normal buzzing of sports activity in every other season. With the unfortunate void, minds tend to wander to the end of August, when the glories of football return.

Although on a national scale, the college and professional games garner nearly all the attention, for some purists, there is nothing better than Friday night lights. Yes, high school football reigns supreme in many regions.

And if you can cast your eyes past the giant in the room that is UNC in these neck of the woods, you may just find a palpable mix of passion and performance on the gridiron that has many locals all fired up!

This time on The Grid, I had the opportunity to chat with Pat Moser, Head football coach down in Hillsborough at Orange High School.

***Listen to the full interview***

Grid-Orange (Coach Moser)

And with the start of the 2013 high school football season just one week away, Coach Moser is busy polishing up his team for a chance at Great 8 conference glory.

And his Panthers squad is the focus of our final preseason column on The Grid. Go ahead and start crying, I know.

Fifth-year Head coach Pat Moser says he’s excited about the 2013 season for his Panthers squad. He says last season’s 12-3 record and run to the state quarterfinals with a win over perennial powerhouse Eastern Alamance has only added to his team’s confidence level.

“It was big for our program. Eastern [Alamance] has been good for quite some time. So for us to be able to beat Eastern Alamance, it allowed us to come of age a little bit with our program,” Moser said.

What’s more, Moser says he really likes this group of young men. And it doesn’t hurt that Orange’s junior varsity team went undefeated last season. Any voids left by graduating seniors would seem to be in good hands.

“We’ve got a good group of kids coming back from last year’s team. We’ve got an undefeated JV team to add to some good returners from our varsity,” Moser said.

Moser spoke like a man not lacking of any confidence in his team’s experience. Their mix of athleticism and experience could be a recipe for winning football this season.

Entering their debut campaign in the new and improved Great 8 conference, Moser says he knows his team has been putting in the hard work the entire offseason in preparation for the week-to-week grind of the power conference, where no one can be taken lightly.

“I don’t think there is any team in the state of North Carolina that has worked any harder than we have in the offseason,” Moser said.

And putting in those long hours and knowing that you have been putting in the effort can only breed more confidence in a group of high school boys. You expect it to pay off—in wins.

Moser says senior quarterback Garrett Cloer will be the ultimate key to the Panthers’ success on the football field this fall. According to Moser, his signal caller must manage the game with intelligence and distribute the ball to the playmakers. He must be a “field general and do enough passing early on to keep the threat there.”

Yes, Coach Moser acknowledged the brutal in store for his team, especially with the conference slate, but Moser says he thinks his kids are up to the challenge.

“They expect to win. And they are a group of winners. […] Our guys are primed and ready to go,” Moser said.

Let’s take the man by his word. We’re ready to go too! And one week from today, we have liftoff. The talk and speculation is over. It is time to settle it on The Grid.

 

 

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The Grid: Carrboro

CARRBORO— The dog days of summer provide a definite lull in the normal buzzing of sports activity in every other season. With the unfortunate void, minds tend to wander to the end of August, when the glories of football return.

Although on a national scale, the college and professional games garner nearly all the attention, for some purists, there is nothing better than Friday night lights. Yes, high school football reigns supreme in many regions.

And if you can cast your eyes past the giant in the room that is UNC in these neck of the woods, you may just find a palpable mix of passion and performance on the gridiron that has many locals all fired up!

This time on The Grid, I had the opportunity to sit down with Head coach Jason Tudryn at Carrboro High School.

***Listen to the full interview***

State runner-ups in the 2AA division a year ago, the Carrboro Jaguars are rapidly closing in on their 2013 season opener against Cedar Ridge on August 23rd.  Coach Tudryn says it is important for his players to move on from last season.

“I think it’s important for our guys to realize that it is no longer 2012. Dwelling in the past isn’t going to benefit anybody. So I think that’s a challenge for them to understand that winning isn’t easy,” Tudryn said.

Tudryn says he believes football to be about more than just physical ability. The intangibles are what make the difference. He shared a little bit of his coaching philosophy with us.

“There’s a mental game involved in this thing. And it’s about physical conditioning, it’s about competition, it’s about courage, and playing with honor and class. If you do that a higher percentage of the time, we are going to have a greater chance of winning on Friday night,” Tudryn said.

When asked about his team’s goals, Tudryn didn’t have to think long. Why you may ask? Well, Carrboro has always had the same four goals. And there is nothing fancy about them.

First, win the Orange County title, then grab the conference championship, snag the regional championship, and finally claim the state championship trophy.

The Jaguars came so close to accomplishing that fourth and final goal last season, but although Tudryn says his squad lost quite a few important seniors, he hopes his players will understand that every team will now be extra motivated to take them down.

“They better be really focused on the fact that they have a giant bulls eye on their chest going into every Friday night. Every team we play has got us circled on their calendar,” Tudryn said.

Ultimately, Tudryn really likes Carrboro’s makeup. He says his team’s determination and love for competition puts them in a solid position to continue their rich vein of form and make some more noise in 2013.

“I like the competitive nature of the crew that we have. I think they have something inside of them that loves to compete. I think that will come out when they get to the time to play on Friday,” Tudryn said.

But how far will this “competitive nature” be able to carry the Jaguars? After all, it is mighty tough to replace all of last season’s Carrboro senior leaders that fell three points shy of a state title.

However, I wouldn’t put it past this “crew” to put the pieces back together and check off some more of those yearly goals. One thing is for sure, Coach Tudryn seems focused and hungry for more. If the players truly buy in as well, look out!

Next up on The Grid, we’ll hear from Coach Pat Moser down at Orange High School as his team puts in the final preparations for the season that gets underway in a couple weeks’ time.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/the-grid-carrboro/

The Grid: Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL— The dog days of summer provide a definite lull in the normal buzzing of sports activity in every other season. With the unfortunate void, minds tend to wander to the end of August, when the glories of football return.

Although on a national scale, the college and professional games garner nearly all the attention, for some purists, there is nothing better than Friday night lights. Yes, high school football reigns supreme in many regions.

And if you can cast your eyes past the giant in the room that is UNC in these neck of the woods, you may just find a palpable mix of passion and performance on the gridiron that has many locals all fired up!

In this edition of our high school football preview series, I had the opportunity to catch up with Isaac Marsh, Head coach of the Tigers of Chapel Hill High School.

***Listen to the interview***

Coach Marsh seemed to have a deep understanding of his players and firm grasp on the identity of his team. And this is a quality you don’t always find in coaches.

It became evident in our conversation how much Marsh cared about each and every member of his Chapel Hill squad. Many coaches fight for wins, but Marsh fights for his players first. I must say, it was a refreshing undertone to encounter in today’s sporting world that seems consumed with the “win at all costs” mentality.

Marsh played football at North Carolina A & T in college and has amassed 15 years of coaching experience. Sculpted by his years on the football field, he shared a little bit of his coaching philosophy.

“No one piece is greater than the whole. We try to get across to the players that we are going to have each guys prepared. We are not counting on just one individual to help us win ball games, but just prepare all the players so that they will be able to contribute,” Marsh said.

Having lost in the second round of the state playoffs last season, the Tigers will be looking to build on the momentum of that 9-3 season that has Marsh pumped up about his squad’s chances in 2013.

“I definitely like our guys’ attitudes and commitment to get better each week. Looking forward to this upcoming season for guys who have been a part of the program to continue the success that others who have come before them have built,” Marsh said.

Despite all the wins, Marsh says there is something else about his current team that has him most impressed.

“Their attitude, camaraderie with one another is something that I just haven’t seen in a long time,” Marsh said.

In fact, when asked about the Tigers’ goals for the season, Marsh preferred not to focus on overall wins and losses, but rather the individual successes and accomplishments of his players.  Graduating high school and displaying improvement as a person and football player are two of the things Marsh expects at Chapel HillHigh School.

This summer, the varsity team traveled to Elon for a football camp, attended a seven-on-seven passing league in Pinecrest, and has been spending plenty of hours in the weight room and on the practice field at Chapel Hill.

Highlighting discipline, attention to detail, and having fun as keys to success for Chapel Hill on the gridiron, Coach Marsh also conceded that his experienced players like all-conference running back Darius Allen must make up for his team’s overall youth.

“We have guys that have talent, but they just lack the varsity experience. We are going to be young this year on both sides of the football. Hopefully, our youth is going to come through with a mixture of our older guys,” Marsh said.

Marsh went as far as to say that the newly formed Great 8 conference that his team will be a part of this fall, could be considered one of the very best conferences in high school football. And for this reason, he has been preaching the importance of maintaining focus to the team.

“If we can expect our opponent, that means we are going to play at our highest level. We are definitely going to get our opponent’s best,” Marsh said. “So the main thing I have been preaching to our players: respect your opponent.”

And who knows? With a little healthy respect, a focused Head coach, and a talented core of young players, the Chapel Hill Tigers may just make a run at a conference title.

Next up on The Grid, we’ll hear from Coach Tudryn and some of his players as his state runner-up Carrboro team gets geared up for another run at glory.

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