CARRBORO — Trai Sharp, Carrboro’s standout running back, dented the Northwood defense for 43 yards on his first three snaps Friday night, but he sat glumly on the sideline tending to his knee and watching as the Chargers claimed a 41-19 victory.
Sharp remained in the locker room when the teams returned to the field after halftime.
Chargers quarterback Ti Pinnix completed 36 of 52 passes for 285 yards.
“When a guy goes down, there are opportunities for other guys to step up,” Carrboro coach Jason Tudryn said. “And some of our younger guys stepped up in the passing game and made some nice plays.”
Marlin Johnson caught both of Carrboro’s first-half touchdowns. The first, a 28-yard slant pass, gave the Jaguars a 7-0 lead. Johnson caught another 24-yard heave over his shoulder for his team’s second score, but the ensuing point-after attempt was blocked.
But even with a healthy Sharp, it was hard to imagine Carrboro could have matched the efficiency and relentlessness of the Chargers’ offense in the second half.
It took just more than two minutes for Northwood to put another touchdown on the board in the third quarter, from Pinnix to the bulldozing Kadarus Rone. Pinnix then hit Smith a third time toward the end of the third period, extending the Chargers’ lead to 34-13.
“I just told (the team) we’ve got to keep getting better,” Northwood coach Bill Hall said. “It’s a convincing win, a statement win, but Orange [next week] is a whole other level, and we’ve got to keep getting better.