Chapel Hill’s offense has continued to increase speed following the return of quarterback Connor Stough. Since his recovery from a hamstring injury in Week 1 of the N.C. high school football season, the Tigers have won two straight and scored 98 points.
Sparked by Stough’s first-quarter touchdown passes of 47 and 42 yards to Albert Nyamayaro, Chapel Hill (2-1) scored the first 38 points Friday at Culton-Peerman Stadium and went on to blow out visiting (0-3) Carrboro 52-15.
“I like their chemistry,” Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said of the QB-WR connection. “That’s something they bring to the table for us.
“When you have a veteran quarterback and a veteran wide receiver, it makes life a lot easier.”
Up 14-0 after Nayamayaro’s two receiving touchdowns, Chapel Hill added a 1-yard plunge by Sam Bauers and a 3-yard scamper by Stough in the second quarter before Blake Johnson put the Tigers ahead 31-0 with his 33-yard field with 2 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first half.
Both of Carrboro’s touchdowns came in the frantic, error-filled, final 15 minutes of the game, while Chapel Hill inserted multiple reserves to build depth.
Down 14-0 in the first quarter, Carrboro opted to try to convert a fourth down deep in its own territory, but it ended up giving Chapel Hill the ball at the Jaguar 23-yard line. Three plays later, Bauers broke through the line for his 20-yard TD run. The Jaguars looked deflated as the scoreboard went to 21-0.
They said it
Issac Marsh, Chapel Hill coach: “Give credit to our offensive line. ... Without the guys up front, Connor wouldn’t have time to throw and the running backs wouldn’t have holes to run through.”
Three who mattered
Connor Stough: completed 9-of-15 passes for 170 yards and ran in one touchdown from 3 yards out. Maybe more importantly, his presence on the field filled the offense with confidence.
Albert Nayamayaro: finished with 111 yards on his two TDs on just three receptions, also sparked the Tigers’ defense as a cornerback. When Neal Duncan sacked Carrboro freshman quarterback Gordon Guest for a 15-yard loss and forced a fumble, Nyamayaro scooped up the ball at midfield and ran 50 yards for a touchdown.
Tobian Sales: led Carrboro with 33 yards on 7 rushes, and returned a kickoff 95 yards for the game’s final touchdown.
By the numbers
9: Carrboro rushing yards in the first half.
47: rushing yards in the first half by junior Jasiah King, who tacked on a 5-yard TD run that gave the Tigers a 38-0 lead in the third quarter.
120: rushing yards in just the second half by Chapel Hill’s Jose Escobedo.
57.1: Gordon Guest’s passing percentage (12-21) for Carrboro, throwing for 71 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception.
Greyson Magee: Targeted all night by Chapel Hill defenders, the 5-8, 160-pound back scored Carrboro’s only touchdown from scrimmage, on a 39-yard pass from Guest. Magee later ran in a 2-point conversion for Carrboro’s last points.