Top-ranked Southern Durham faces a Big Eight 3A challenge on Friday when it plays at Chapel Hill. Both teams are undefeated.
Southern had two tight games early, rallying to beat Durham Hillside 16-13 and Scotland County, 34-28. The other three wins have been shutouts.
Chapel Hill’s closest game was a 24-6 win over South Granville. Chapel Hill leads the area in winning margin at 34.4 points per game.
Strong defense: Heritage High coach Jason McGeorge said the Huskies’ defense-dominated 14-3 win over Leesville Road on Friday was a result of outstanding teams being well prepared for the others’ offense.
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“As the game wore on Friday night, every yard became more crucial and every play call became more influential.,” McGeorge said. “It was just a great high school football game. All players on each sideplayed with great effort.”
Heritage runner Isaac Burton was taken to the hospital by ambulance as a precaution during the game.
“Issac is doing very well,” McGeorge said. “He had to get a number of X-rays on Friday night, but was released from the hospital and able to rest at home. He is still very sore, but healthwise he has been cleared to play football.”
Panthers win: North Johnston took the first step in first-year coach Ashley Ennis’ rebuilding process Friday night with a 42-14 victory over North Lenoir. The win stopped a 19-game losing streak for the Panthers.
“The first step we had to take was winning a game we were supposed to win,” Ennis said. “And I felt like we did that Friday night.”
The Panthers rushed for 468 yards as senior back Quamel Kenion (197 yards) and sophomore Jahvonte Dublin (171) led the way. A.J. Edwards scored two TDs, while Tracy Barnes and Dallas Krob had one score each.
“Our offensive line blocked really well for the second week in a row and our backs ran really hard,” Ennis said.
Defensively, Tyler Bass led North Johnston with 10 tackles. Jonathan Gonzalez and Jacob Cuddington had a half-dozen tackles each.
Ennis said that the confidence of NorthJohnston’s players has grown in the past two weeks since a lopsided loss to Princeton. There were signs in a 25-7 loss to Lakewood but costly mistakes allowed the big plays to go the Leopards’ way all night.
North Johnston (1-5) gets a week off before beginning the grind of Eastern Plains 2A Conference play.
“We’re back in the underdog role in a very tough conference,” Ennis said. “We just have to concentrate on playing confident, physical football and limiting our mistakes.”
Total package: Middle Creek displayed a solid total package in Friday’s 52-24 victory over Apex.
Elijah Perry led a barrage of five running backs with 271 yards of the Mustangs’ 309 rushing yards. Quarterback Brant Grisel threw three touchdowns and ran for another.
Yorick Sands had a fumble recovery for a TD and Daniel Jackson and Tavon Holland had interceptions that led to scores. Anthony Mitchell played a great game as well on defense, according to coach Mike Castellano, who also praised the play of Johnathan Spencer.
Game change: Southeast Raleigh will play at Garner on Oct. 30 instead of on Halloween night. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m. The junior varsity game at Southeast Raleigh will be moved to Wednesday.
D. Clay Best contributed to this story.