CHAPEL HILL — Southern Durham made East Chapel Hill pay for a series of mistakes Friday and scored 24 unanswered points in the second half at Wildcat Stadium to turn a close PAC-6 game into a 47-10 rout.
Kendall Hinton completed 12 of 21 passes for 246 yards and four touchdown passes – two apiece to Maurice Trowell and Derrick Mason – to lead Southern to its fourth straight win. That gave the Spartans (5-4 overall, 4-1 PAC-6) sole possession of third place in the conference.
Hinton hit Maurice Trowell with a 8-yard touchdown pass with 3:35 left in the first to give Southern the lead for good, at 17-10, and then hit Derrick Mason with a 47-yard strike to make it a 23-10 halftime lead.
Hinton completed his first six passes of the second half, including touchdown passes of 17 yards to Mason, 35 yards to Jamarius Jones and 23 to Trowell.
Southern Durham, No. 19 in the News & Observer rankings of area teams, tacked on a 22-yard field goal with 7:57 left to play by Oscar Cisneros-Diaz.
Big plays and turnovers haunted East Chapel Hill all night. Southern turned two first-half interceptions deep in East's territory into a 26-yard field goal by Cisneros-Diaz and a 1-yard dive for a touchdown by Owen Lucas.
East Chapel Hill (4-4, 2-2 PAC) twice fought back to tie the game in the first half. A 36-yard field goal by Kieran Sweeny made the score 3-3 with 3:06 left in the first quarter and a 15-yard pass from Ben Jones to Jackson Boyer made it 10-10 with 9:18 left before halftime.
Southern put together its best drive of the night with a 12-play, 80-yard series, capped by Hinton's 8-yard touchdown pass to Trowell for a 17-10 lead with 3:35 remaining in the second quarter.
After holding East on downs on the Wildcats' last possession of the half, the Spartans needed just three plays to score again. They followed a 31-pass reception by Trowell at midfield with a 47-yard strike from Hinton to Mason, who caught the ball over two defenders near the goalline and strolled in for a 23-10 lead with 16 seconds left in the half.