DURHAM — East Chapel Hill and Durham Jordan started playing football Friday at 7 p.m. By the time 9 o’clock rolled around, East Chapel Hill had earned a 14-7 win and the Jordan home crowd was headed for the exits.
That's quick work, even for a high school game, which comprises four 12-minute quarters.
Perhaps both teams just wanted to get it over as soon as possible. It hadn’t been a pretty season for either team. The Wildcats lost 16 starters to injury over the course of the fall, while the Falcons managed only a single win.
Neither team had its starting quarterback, and in Friday's biting cold at Claude Currie Stadium, a solid ground game became about the only offense either team could produce.
As a result, the game clock kept ticking.
Sean Moore, East Chapel Hill’s third-string quarterback, threw only three passes and completed just one.
"I love [third-string quarterback Moore], and I thought he made some smart decisions, but our plan was to ground it and pound it,” Sherman said.
The burden of advancing the ball fell squarely on the rather broad shoulders of Colby Owens, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound tailback. He scored the Wildcats’ first touchdown with 8 minutes to go in the first quarter. Owens racked up 44 yards on the first drive, including his 4-yard touchdown run.
With backup quarterback Arthur Reese under center, Jordan's Rahim Winston was the Falcons' go-to player. He and the Jordan running game were successful between red zones, but seemed to slow down as they approached the goal line.
Jordan advanced to the Wildcat 1-yard line on its first drive, but two penalties and a sack turned the ball over on downs.
Both offenses stagnated after the Wildcats’ initial touchdown until Arkavious Parks broke out of the East Chapel Hill backfield with five minutes left in the third quarter, scampering for a 64-yard touchdown down the left sideline. That put the Wildcats up 14-0 going into the fourth quarter.