Southern Durham overpowered PAC-6 4-A opponent Northern Durham 28-0 Friday night to remain undefeated.
Southern is the reigning state 3AA champion and the Knights joined Durham Hillside and Scotland County as 4A clubs that the Spartans have defeated this year.
Southern’s defense held the Knights to 16 total rushing yards and intercepted one pass.
Spartans quarterback Kendall Hinton, a Wake Forest recruit, completed 16 of 24 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for two additional scores.
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Hinton said Southern’s success against the 4A teams hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“We feel we have 4A talent on this team, and we can compete with the best of them,” he said. “We hear people say all the time that 3A is easier, but we have some good teams in our (Big Eight) conference.”
Despite the shutout, however, Northern (0-5) was able to pressure Hinton, who was sacked twice and limited to just 25 rushing yards.
“We are missing one or two linemen and got some holes in our offensive line,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said. “They were able to expose it, but our defense held firm when it counted.”
The Spartans needed just 56 seconds to score the only points they would need. Hinton threw two completions before taking it in 34 yards for a 7-0 lead.
Southern made it 14-0 with a 4-play, 67-yard drive that Jordon Brown finished with a 6-yard run with 1:53 left in the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Knights thought they had finally caught a break in the third when safety Laurance Shaw recovered a fumble at the Southern 38, but a penalty negated the play. The Spartans took advantage of the second chance on a Hinton to Aaron Hirsch 50-yard connection to go up 21-0 with 8 minutes left in the quarter.
Southern made it a four-touchdown lead on its next possession, this one a 47-yard drive that culminated in Hinton’s 22-yard scramble with 2:19 left.
Hinton said the team can ill-afford to get overconfident.
“Our coaches tell us all the time to keep our composure and play our game,” he said. “We don’t want to get out of our rhythm.”