First-year Southern Durham coach Darius Robinson inherited a talented roster from former coach Adrian Jones and he picked up where the Spartans left off a year ago with the NCHSAA 3A state championship.
Southern Durham, the N&O’s preseason top-ranked team, routed Capitol Christian (Landover, Md.) 41-0 in the season opener for both schools Saturday at Spartans’ field.
Robinson was promoted to coach to succeed Jones, who accepted a position as an assistant coach at N.C. Central. But there was little concern on Southern Durham’s roster about maintaining their continuity.
“Coach Robinson has been an assistant here for a while, and he knows how to put us in great position to make plays,” said senior quarterback Kendall Hinton. “It’s mostly the same staff, so we felt confident. We made too many mistakes, but it was a great start.”
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Hinton, who committed to Wake Forest, threw touchdown passes of 84 yards and 63 yards in the first half en route to a 32-0 halftime lead. He was 7 of 13 for 209 yards and two TDs without an interception. Hinton didn’t attempt a pass in the only series he played in the third quarter as Robinson began to empty the bench.
On Hinton’s 84-yarder to Aaron Hirsch, he hit him at midfield and Hirsch weaved his was the rest of the way to the end zone.
On the next series, he threw a pass from the Warriors 37-yard line and hit West Virginia-bound William Cameron down the right sideline. He caught the ball in stride at about the 20 and was uncontested to the end zone.
Early in the game, Capitol quarterback Robbie Robinson showed an impressive arm, but his receivers couldn’t get open against a secondary of cornerbacks Jeremy Griffis and the double-coverage provided by Kaleb Barfield and safeties Marvin Tillman and Darryl Smith.
Tillman returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Linebacker Richard Banks had two interceptions and defensive back Kyhaun Teet one.