CHAPEL HILL — 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.