Chapel Hill: Sports

High School Football: Week 1


Friday’s Games

Chapel Hill (4-8)

at Riverside (8-4)

Chapel Hill, a former member of the PAC-6, is not your typical 3A team. Just about everyone in the Big Eight thinks Chapel Hill has way too many good players like all-state offensive guard Logan Tisch to finish again below .500. After six lean years, Riverside now appears ready to challenge for the PAC-6 championship. First-year coach Chris Howell has significant numbers back from last year’s 8-4 team.

Jordan (1-10) at

Leesville Road (8-4)

Leesville Road is a tough place to begin a journey back to respectability. The Pride thumped Jordan 62-21 last year, but that was when they had the one-man-Army of Braxton Berrios, a nationally ranked recruit who’s now at Miami. The Pride is starting over with first-year coach Mike Hobgood, a Northern alum.

New Bern (9-3)

at Hillside (9-4)

What a New Bern newspaper once called “a mini-rivalry” has become one of N.C. high school football’s best series, now tied at 2-2. Hillside won 27-24 last year at New Bern, giving the Bears their first loss at home in almost two years. New Bern expects to contend again for another Eastern Carolina Conference championship. Senior quarterback Mike Hughes is effective both as a runner and passer, but must deal with the graduation of every receiver who caught a pass last year. The Bears remain formidable on defense, with most of their front seven back from last year.

Southeast Guilford (11-3)

at Northern Durham (3-9)

The 2014 Falcons look even more talented that the team that beat Northern 46-0 last year in Greensboro. Most of the starters are back from the SEG squad that started off 9-0 in 2013, and they’ve absorbed players from last year’s 9-1 JV team. Senior quarterback Bubba Craven is a three-year starter.

Saturday’s game

Capitol Christian (7-0)

at Southern (14-2)

Landover (Md.) Capitol went 7-0 last year in its first season of varsity football. Playing on the road for five of the games, the Warriors faced some of the more established athletic programs in the D.C. area, like McDonough and Archbishop Carroll, but none of them finished with a winning record in football. Southern will represent a real step up for CGA’s young team.

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