PITTSBORO — Chapel Hill drove 92 yards in the closing minutes to tie Pittsboro Northwood and force overtime, but the comeback fell a little short as the Tigers lost to Northwood 31-24.
Chapel Hill started its final drive at the 8 yard-line. Senior quarterback Matt Deselm converted on third-and-long from the 4-yard line, and then, further down the field, scrambling to secure a first down on fourth-and-long. Brandon Wendel caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with under 20 seconds to play, forcing overtime.
Northwood started the overtime period with possession, and Rone pounded the ball into the end zone in two plays.
DeSelm threw four incomplete passes during his team’s shot at the end zone, the last of which was broken up by junior defensive back Nitrel Evans for Northwood.
"That’s something we talked about in the pre game meal: You guys fight your butt off for these seniors,” Northwood coach Bill Hall said. "It’s their last home game — maybe we’ll get one or two in the playoffs, who knows. But it’s special for them."
Before its 31-24 overtime loss to Northwood Friday night, Chapel Hill had to ask that the junior varsity game be called off so it would be able to field enough players for its varsity squad. Such has been the nature of the Tigers’ season, which has included more key injuries than coach Isaac Marsh said he’s ever had to deal with.
It was one of those junior varsity call-ups, sophomore Albert Nyamayaro, who made the biggest impact right away. The sophomore scored his first-ever touchdown with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, catching a Grant DeSelm pass in coverage for a 20-yard score. He finished the game with six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns.