Chapel Hill shuts out Cedar Ridge to remain unbeaten

CorrespondentSeptember 16, 2011 

— The last time Chapel Hill was 5-0 was in 1999 when head coach Issac Marsh was an assistant on the team.

The Tigers’ 17-0 win over Cedar Ridge Friday night sets up a showdown between the unbeatens next week when CHHS takes on Carrboro (5-0).

Despite the shutout, the Tigers got another ugly win – double digits in penalties – but Marsh wasn’t complaining.

“This was a big county game, and Cedar Ridge beat all the county schools last season,” he said. “There is always going to be extra intensity in a game like this, so I can live with those penalties.”

CHHS held the Red Wolves to minus-3 rushing yards in the second half and intercepted quarterback Fred Blanks twice. Blanks, who was averaging over 100 yards in rushing, was held to just 67.

Darius Allen, who rushed for 120 yards, gave the Tigers their first touchdown with a beautiful 81-yard run down the left sideline.

Cedar Ridge had a chance to cut into the lead but kicker Brandon Phares’ 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked by defensive back John Porter.

The Tigers extended their lead 14-0 when QB TJ Johnson found wide receiver Stephen Winsor from 48-yards out. Winsor then came through on the defensive end by intercepting Blanks right before halftime.

Neither team could get its offense going in the third quarter, but the Tigers caught a break at the start of the fourth period. Kicker Andrew Dejong’s 49-yard attempt fell just short, but Cedar Ridge was called for roughing the kicker, giving Dejong another chance from 44 yards. This time, he made good on it for the 17-0 score.

Winsor said the players were extra hyped for the game.

“Anytime a team beats you the year before, you want to prove yourself,” he said. We definitely wanted to win this game.”

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