DURHAM — Southern Durham kept its high-octane offense rolling Friday night with a resounding 59-20 win over Chapel Hill in the Big 8 3A conference. The Spartans have scored 121 points in their past two games.
“We executed pretty well,” Southern coach Adrian Jones said. “I’m impressed with the way our guys came out tonight.”
Southern racked up 568 yards of total offense – 358 on the ground and 210 through the air.
The Spartans play at Cardinal Gibbons next week in a key Big Eight 3A game.
In addition to his 210 passing yards, junior quarterback Kendall Hinton threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown.
“We have a triggerman who can get it done and some dangerous weapons for him to throw to,” Jones said. “It makes it hard to concentrate on just one guy.”
After trailing 7-0 early in the first quarter, Southern (4-2, 2-0) scored 32 straight points to take a 32-7 halftime lead. Running back Jordan Brown rushed for touchdowns of 22 and 17 yards. N.C. State recruit Maurice Trowell ran for a 26-yarder. Hinton found wide receiver Jason Henderson for a beautiful 71-yard touchdown before Henderson switched to defense and intercepted Chapel Hill QB Grant Deselm and ran it back 33 yards.
The Spartans’ defense held the Tigers to 86 rushing yards and intercepted Deselm three times.
“We had an excellent game plan for the first half, but you can’t make mistakes and give up big plays to a team like Southern when you’re as young as we are defensively,” Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said. “We haven’t seen that type of speed all year.”
Chapel Hill came out in the second half inspired and quickly drove downfield with a nine-play, 58-yard drive to make it 32-14.
But Southern didn’t rest on its lead. Running back William Cameron took the ball on the first possession and raced 52 yards down the right sideline to put the Spartans ahead 39-14.
After Southern defensive back Joshua Manns intercepted Deselm at the Tigers’ 30, Southern needed two plays to score again, with Hinton scooting in from the 7 with 6:14 left in the third quarter.
“We tried to slow them down,” Marsh said. “But big plays tonight were what they got on us.”