Carrboro had 453 yards in total offense in a 27-19 win over previously undefeated Orange on Friday. The victory pushed the Jaguars to 3-0.
“It’s great to beat a team like that,” Carrboro coach Jason Tudryn said. “A great opponent on a hot night when we’re playing a lot of guys both ways.”
Carrboro opened the season with a 28-7 win against Central Davidson and a 43-13 win against Warren County.
Tudryn told his players after the game to enjoy the win.
“There’s a lot of times when it could have gone one way or another,” Tudryn said. “But we played with great passion. So enjoy this one. You don’t get nights like this very often.”
Cap Eight balance: Wake Forest-Rolesville coach Reggie Lucas isn’t buying the idea that his club, Wakefield and Leesville Road, all undefeated, will waltz through the Cap Eight 4A except when they play each other.
“I think there are other very good conference teams,” he said. “They may be a little off the radar right now, but I don’t anticipate any easy games when we get into the conference season.”
Lucas said early records can be deceiving.
“Just because a team has lost a game doesn’t mean it is not a good team,” he said. “I expect nothing, but tough, physical games in conference play.”
But he isn’t spending too much time analyzing the conference race yet.
“I’ve learned that if I emphasize one game over another, I am setting myself up to be disappointed,” he said.
The Cougars play at Southeast Raleigh this week before starting conference play on Sept. 14 at home against Heritage, one of those “under the radar” teams that Lucas might be talking about.
Overwhelmed: Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic is known for its basketball team, but the Stags football program has been outstanding, too. DeMatha pounded Durham Hillside, 52-14, scoring 52 straight points after Hillside’s Trevion Thompson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
DeMatha piled up 548 total yards.
Hillside, which has lost to New Bern and beaten Fayetteville Smith, remains the Piedmont Athletic 4A favorite, but the league has been battered in the non-conference games.
Southern Durham was expected to contend with Hillside, but has allowed at least 40 points in its three straight losses.
The league’s seven teams have won five games through the first three weeks. East Chapel Hill, a 10-6 winner against Cedar Ridge on Friday, is averaging 10 points per game, but is 2-1.
Mitch flings: Wakefield quarterback Connor Mitch has passed for almost 1,000 yards in the Wolverines’ first three games. Mitch has completed 61 of 105 passes for 939 yards and 12 touchdowns in three opening wins.
South Granville breaks through: The rivalry between Oxford Webb and South Granville has been rather one-sided. Long-time observers believe Friday’s 35-13 South Granville victory was its first ever home victory against Webb.
The Vikings won without standout running back Josh Bailey, who has a knee injury. Sean Bowman rushed for 123 yards and Kenny Walls gained 121 in the win.
Word of God runs: Word of God rushed for 505 yards in its 68-28 eight-man football win over Hobgood Academy on Friday night. Casty St. Louis had 258 yards and five touchdowns on eight carries.
Dixon Sauls honored: Farmville Central named its football field in honor of long-time football coach and athletic director Dixon Sauls. He was the football coach from 1984 through 2007. He was track coach for 19 years and athletic director for eight.
Independence streak stopped: Charlotte Vance shut out Charlotte Independence 35-0 on Thursday night, handing the Patriots their first shutout since 1999. The scoring string had reached 188 games.
SSS defense plays well: First-year Smithfield-Selma coach David Lawhon saw some good things in the Spartans’ 18-7 loss to Fayetteville Pine Forest.
A pair of SSS turnovers set up Pine Forest’s 33 and 18-yard scoring drive early in the game and Smithfield trailed 18-0 early in the second period. SSS didn’t allow another point.
“If you take the first quarter away and not giving them short fields, we’re in the ballgame,” Lawhon said.
“The defense played extremely well.”
Hassan Yates and Drew Mustgrave led the defensive effort.