at Orange (4-0)
Play between Big Eight teams starts off with a bang this week, with two of the conference’s four undefeated teams going head to head.
Northwood (43 ppg) has one of the state’s most versatile offenses, with Kardarus Rone and Montel Goods both capable of ripping off big runs, plus quarterback Ti Pinnix running the show. Coach Bill Hall thinks he’s as good as any QB in the state.
And don’t sell the defense short. The Chargers have given up just 29 points (7.25 ppg).
Orange counters with senior QB Garrett Cloer – one of the best all-around athletes ever at OHS – fronting a flock of excellent running backs like Pat Pettiford and Tay Jones.
The Panthers haven’t passed a lot, because they haven’t had to, yet. A formidable defense has helped Orange outscore its first four opponents by an average margin of 26 points a game.
Last year: Orange, 41-21
Oxford Webb (2-2)
at Chapel Hill (4-0)
Webb’s Warriors snapped a two-game skid with last weeks win against Pasquotank.
Chapel Hill has gone 5-0 against Webb since these two old rivals resumed their series in 2009, and the Warriors haven’t finished with winning record since 2008.
Quarterback Connor Stough, who started last year at East Chapel Hill, has settled in at Chapel Hill.
For all the ink about Southern, the Tigers actually have had the most productive offense of any Big Eight team – averaging 43.8 points a game. Chapel Hill’s seasoned offensive line is a big factor, and Webb will have a hard time stopping the Tigers.
Last year: Chapel Hill, 38-31.
Jamestown Ragsdale (3-2)
at East Chapel Hill (0-5)
Ragsdale’s Tigers have struggled some to move the ball after starting quarterback Alex Cobb suffered a broken collarbone in Week 1 of the season, but they still average 246 yards and 19.4 points a game.
Wide receiver Tevin Quick took over for Cobb midway through the opening game against Grimsley and rallied the Tigers to a 30-14 win. He’s done a credible job, completing 45 of 66 pass attempts, but the Tigers have relied mostly on their ground game, running twice as much as they’ve passed.
Last year: Ragsdale 28-7
Cardinal Gibbons (2-2)
at Cedar Ridge (2-2)
Gibbons has won three straight since a season-opening loss to 4A Green Hope.
The Crusaders throw more than any other Big Eight team, averaging 234 yards a game through the air.
Junior QB Logan Washle has been running the Crusaders’ offense since erstwhile starter Wesley Wagner was injured in a 40-27 win against Cary in Week 2. Washle’s top target is Earl Gill, who has 292 yards and 4 TDs in four games, while James Sriraman has 211 yards and another 4 TDs.
Last year: Cardinal Gibbons 56-28
Carrboro (2-3) ...
... has Friday off, giving the Jaguars some extra time to work on fundamentals and, perhaps more importantly, some time for Trai Sharpe to rest his ankle. He tweaked the ankle on the first series last Friday against South Granville and sat out the rest of the game.
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