SOUTHERN DURHAM won 35-19 at Fayetteville Smith in a game delayed more than an hour by nearby lightning. Joey Strong (15-125 rushing) and Taron J-Florida Beauford each scored twice for the Spartans (1-0).
The Golden Bulls (0-1) had rallied from 14 points down to get within 14-13 shortly before play was suspended. And they were still within 28-19 after a fourth-quarter TD, by Beauford slammed the door on them with a 70-yard kickoff return.
Hillside defeated New Bern 20-12. Next: The Hornets (1-0) have an open date Friday; their next game is at home on Sept. 2 against Southern.
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Northern lost 27-10 at Fayetteville Seventy-First. Next: The Knights (0-1) host 3A Orange (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. Orange, which topped Northern 20-13 last year in Hillsborough, defeated Peron 35-3 last Friday.
JORDAN lost 38-0 at Raleigh Leesville Road, spoiling the debut of Anthony Barbour as head coach of the Falcons. Cole Coleman provided 329 yards of total offense and three TDs for the Pride (1-0). The Falcons forced three turnovers – highlighted by a Kevin Peterson interception – but couldn’t avoid their 6th straight loss in a season-opener.
“It could have been 56-0 and they didn’t quit,” Barbour said of his team. “ They came out and played. Even though Leesville did sub some, we still kept fighting.”
Next: Jordan (0-1) plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Green Hope (0-1), which lost 51-6 in Cary to Heritage.
RIVERSIDE shutout Chapel Hill 35-0. Next: The Pirates host Pinecrest (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
KESTREL HEIGHTS lost 57-8 at Princeton. The Hawks (0-1) have an open date this Friday.
Next: The Hawks will a long bus ride Sept. 2 to Bear Creek, where they will take on Chatham Central, which lost 48-0 at Wake Christan Academy and which plays this Friday at Hobbton.
Kestrel Heights is 3-3 all-time against Chatham Central, including a 42-26 win over the Bears last year in Durham.