Southern Durham, the No. 1-ranked 3-AA team in the state, was upset by Chapel Hill 39-28 Saturday night. The loss ends the Spartans’ 27-game winning streak.
Tigers quarterback Connor Stough completed 23-of-43 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown – 118 of those yards to wide receiver Albert Nyamayaro.
Meanwhile, Chapel Hill’s defense sacked Southern QB Kendall Hinton five times, intercepted him once and held him to two touchdown passes. Hinton limped off the field with 1:40 left in the game and did not return.
Chapel Hill jumped out to a 9-0 lead on a safety and an 18-yard run by running back Jeff McNeill, who also rushed for 104 yards.
Southern cut the lead to 9-7 on Jordon Brown’s 5-yarder with 11:03 left in the second quarter. The six-play 62-yard drive was helped along by a pass interference call.
The Spartans took their only lead of the game on a Hinton-to-Jason Henderson 15-yard connection with 7:06 left in the first half to go ahead 14-9.
But the Tigers struck right back with a methodical 11-play, 90-yard drive that culminated in lineman Logan Tisch bullying in from the 4. A missed PAT left it at 15-14.
Chapel Hill increased its lead 22-14 on Stough’s 16-yard strike to Andrew Gillespie with 21.9 seconds remaining.
But Hinton showed why he is a candidate for player of the year and a Wake Forest recruit by taking the Spartans 80 yards in two plays – the last a 46-yard pass to Kaleb Barfield. A two-point conversion knotted the game at 22 as the half ended.
The Tigers caught their first break of the game by recovering a Southern lateral at the Spartans’ 4 at the start of the third. Logan took care of the rest for his second touchdown of the game and a 29-22 lead.
After both defenses stiffened for the rest of the third, Chapel Hill made it a two-touchdown lead on Gillespie’s 35-yard run up the middle at the start of the fourth.
Southern needed less than two minutes to cut it to eight on Brown’s 21-yard run and another missed PAT.
After a defensive stop, the Spartans got the ball at the Chapel Hill 40, but Hinton was intercepted by Gillespie three plays later to halt the drive.
The Tigers ran off four minutes and put the nail in the coffin with Connor Albecht’s 25-yard field goal with 2:53 left.
Chapel Hill will travel to Northern Guilford next Friday.