The Bull City Classic between Hillside and Southern Durham’s football teams has been given a new level of hype in recent years thanks to more than just the Hornets’ 2010 4A title and Southern’s 2013 3AA championship and 2015 runner-up finish.
The games were hosted by N.C. Central or Durham County Stadium – spacious neutral fields with turf instead of grass – in each of the last three years. The move became possible when the two were no longer in the same conference and could play earlier in the season – Week 2 for two years and last year and this year in Week 3 near Labor Day weekend.
This year, the game is back on campus at Hillside.
N.C. Central’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium didn’t come into play until former Southern coach Adrian Jones left the Spartans for an assistant’s job at NCCU. Jones is now the head coach at Shaw, removing that connection.
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Durham County Stadium, which serves as the home field for Northern Durham, is needed for the Knights this Friday.
Webb, Warren win wild ones
Two of Friday’s wildest games were played just north of the Triangle.
At Northern Vance, visiting Warren County won 7-5 despite minus-69 yards rushing (57 yards total offense). Darius Southerland’s 30-yard fumble return stood as the Eagles’ only score. Northern Vance had 235 yards of offense but only scored on a safety and a 30-yard field goal by Brooks Falkner.
There was also a fight between the two teams. One Warren player and two Vikings were ejected.
At nearby J.F. Webb, the Warriors were down by 16 with less than three minutes to go before coming back to take a 50-48 overtime victory against Southern Vance.
Trevion Harris threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Joseph McAllister and ran in the two-point conversion to make it 42-34 with 3:22 left. With 17 seconds left, the two connected again on an 82-yard desperation pass but Webb’s two-point conversion try was backed up 15 yards for an unsportsmanlike penalty.
Harris forced overtime with a scrambling 18-yard throw for the conversion.
The fourth-quarter rally set up a 3-yard bootleg overtime touchdown run by Harris and Harris completed a 2-point conversion pass to Kenneth Veney to take a 50-42 lead. Southern Vance scored on a diving catch by big junior Zamari Ellis, but the Warriors’ defense clinched the win by stopping quarterback Shamond Lyons’ run for two.
Harris was 4-of-11 passing but all four completions were touchdowns. Two went to McAllister (121 yards) and two went to Veney (73).
The Starting 11: players of the week
(Times named to The Starting 11 this season in parentheses.)
Malik Boyd, Southern Vance (1): Ran 13 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Devin Carter, Clayton (2): Caught 15 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns.
Montrel Cooper, Southern Durham (1): Caught 7 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns.
Marquis Dunn, Wake Forest (1): Ran three times for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Also caught two passes for 62 yards.
Joe Kane, Heritage (1): Had five sacks in a 28-0 win against Rolesville.
Landen Leiser, Clayton (2): Completed 29 of 42 throws for 390 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.
Matt McKay, Wakefield (1): Ran 27 times for 192 yards and the winning touchdown and added 9-of-21 passing for 182 yards (two TDs, one interception).
Lederrick Neville, Northern Durham (1): Had two interceptions against Orange.
Ryan Sellars, Orange (1): Had five sacks against Northern Durham.
Dalen Spruill, Cardinal Gibbons (1): Ran 25 times for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Da’john Williams, Triton (1): Ran for 211 yards and one touchdown.
4-point stance: top defenses
Garner: Held a powerful Cleveland offense to 19 points and 121 yards, picking off three passes and returning two for touchdowns. Had one sack but had 15 quarterback hurries.
Orange: Held Northern Durham to minus-10 yards rushing and 98 yards of total offense in a 21-13 win.
Sanderson: Shut out Fuquay-Varina 7-0, getting points on a 24-yard blocked punt return. The Spartans allowed just 165 yards of total offense.
Southern Nash: Shut out Beddingfield 48-0, forcing five turnovers and holding the Bruins to 45 yards of total offense.
▪ Coming off a 48-0 loss to reigning 3AA champ Rocky Mount, South Granville defeated Chapel Hill 66-13 on Friday, a 101-point turnaround.
▪ St. David’s quarterback Garrett Lewis was 7-of-8 last week with three touchdowns and, predictably, no interceptions. In 14 career 8-man football starts, Lewis has thrown just one pick – in last year’s regular-season finale.
▪ Sanderson, Pinecrest and West Johnston have not allowed a point this season.
▪ Broughton is 2-0 for the first time since 2003, when the Caps went 11-2. Sanderson is 2-0 for the first time since 2008, when the Spartans went 5-7.
▪ Apex Friendship finally gets its first true home game Friday. The Patriots, whose first game was moved to Holly Springs High because of poor field conditions, will host Cleveland (7 p.m.).
▪ East Chapel Hill’s 9-6 victory against Carrboro was the school’s first at home since September 2013. As rewarding and enjoyable the game was for East Chapel Hill, it was equally disheartening for Carrboro, which looked poised to end a 15-game losing streak that dates back to 2014.
▪ Who needs passing? Orange was 0-for-5 through the air in a 21-13 win at Northern Durham.
▪ Who needs running? Warren County was held to minus-69 yards in a 7-5 victory against Northern Vance.
Jamieson Stadium: Athens Drive will drive to one of North Carolina’s largest and most tradition-rich stadiums when it heads to Greensboro’s Grimsley High. The 10,000-seat Jamieson Stadium is host to the annual N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game and named after arguably the greatest coach in the state’s history. Jamieson coached at Grimsley (originally named Greensboro High) for 36 years, winning or tying for seven state football championships (240-125-15 overall record), four in golf and three in basketball (618-271 overall record). He even coached swimming teams to state AAU titles.
Brennan Doherty, W.E. Warnock and David Justice contributed.