Tigers extend streak

CorrespondentSeptember 19, 2009 

— For the sixth year in a row, the Chapel Hill Tigers (1-4) beat their crosstown rival East Chapel Hill (0-5) to retain the Chapel Hill News' Hodgin Cup. The Tigers prevailed in a close game, winning 14-7.

"The win helps get the monkey off of our back," said Tigers head coach Issac Marsh, who thought his team had been playing better than their 1-4 record would indicate. "We won as a unit, and that speaks volumes for our coaching staff."

A great return on the opening kickoff set Chapel Hill up with a short field, starting at the Wildcats' 27. Evan Jones finished an eight-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked, however, putting the score at 6-0 in favor of the visiting Tigers.

On the ensuing possession by the Wildcats, a Tigers roughing the kicker penalty, on what should have been a quick 3 and out, extended the drive. Mark Farrish capped it off with a 2-yard touchdown run. With a good extra point try, East Chapel Hill led 7-6.

The next score did not come until 12 seconds remained in the first half.

Stephen Wistner connected with Winston Washington (who also plays quarterback for the Tigers) on an 11-yard touchdown pass. On the 2-point conversion attempt, Russell Suitt caught a pass from Washington on a flat route and powered his way into the end zone, making the score 14-7 at the half.

The Wildcats defense put their team in a position to win the game, but the offense could not move the ball.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service