Southern Durham’s high-octane offense and dominating defense overwhelmed Chapel Hill for a runaway 38-12 victory Friday night.
The win keeps the Spartans undefeated in the Big Eight Conference (6-0), while the Tigers fall to 5-1.
Southern quarterback and Wake Forest recruit Kendall Hinton completed 24 of 36 passes for 450 yards and five touchdowns – 337 yards in the first half.
But it wasn’t all offense. The Spartans defense sacked Chapel Hill quarterback Connor Stough five times and stopped the Tigers on 4th-and-inches inside the red zone twice.
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About the only thing Southern did wrong was miss four point-after attempts.
“We will be working on our special teams this week,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said. “But for everything else, our coaches have taught the guys to stop teams when we need to stop them.”
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead on place-kicker Connor Albrecht’s 29-yard field goal early in the first quarter.
But the Spartans struck right back with an 80-yard TD bomb from Hinton to Jordon Brown for a 6-3 lead.
Southern added two more touchdowns: a 75-yard drive that culminated in a Hinton to Aaron Hirsch 4-yard connection; and an 86-yard drive that ended with an 84-yard bomb from Hinton – this time to William Cameron for an 18-3 lead with 7:14 left in the first half. All three point-after attempts failed.
But the Tigers’ specials teams got Chapel Hill back in the game when defensive lineman Noah Layden blocked a Southern punt that was picked up by Lavon Hartman from Southern’s 28 and run back for a score.
The Spartans led 18-10 at the half.
A key play came on the Tigers’ first possession of the third quarter. With the drive at the Southern 49, coach Issac Marsh elected to go for it on 4th-and-4. Southern held.
“I should have punted,” Marsh said. “Everyone knows the first drive of the second half is the most important. We just didn’t execute.”
The Spartans did, however, with Hinton throwing his fourth TD of the game to Jordan Mackins for 13 yards to go up 24-10.
In the fourth, the Tigers drove to the Southern 1, but the defense held on 4th-and-inches to keep Chapel Hill’s offense out of the end zone.
The Tigers earned a safety after tackling Southern’s Jordan Brown in the end zone.
Hinton threw his fifth TD pass to Brown with 9:01 left for the 38-10 win.
“Our goal is to stop teams when they’re trying to score,” Robinson said. “That is what our coaches teach in practice.”