On a night where he did everything from making sacks to kicking touchbacks, Orange’s Bryse Wilson caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Schmid with 52 seconds remaining as the Panthers defeated Northern Durham 20-13 on Friday night at Auman Stadium.
The Knights tied the game with 10:22 remaining when running back Domineke McNeill scored on a 2-yard dive. Northern, looking to end a 17-game losing streak against nonconference opponents, crossed the 50-yard line twice with a chance to take the lead, but each drive ended on downs.
Knights quarterback Luke Fenlon’s 5-yard touchdown pass to McNeill was the only score of the first half.
Trailing 6-0 at the half, Orange scored consecutive touchdowns to open the third quarter when Schmid hit Wilson on a 10-yard strike, then followed with a 20-yard toss to Graham Cloer to give Orange at 13-6 lead.
With the win, Orange has defeated Northern Durham three straight years for the first time in school history.
On a 4th-and-3 with 1:55 remaining at the Orange 17, Fenlon threw to wide receiver Cade Barnhill, who appeared to catch the ball against his body after he fell to the ground. After a lengthy discussion, the officials ruled the pass incomplete. Wilson scored the game-winning touchdown five plays later.
Bryse Wilson ran an interception back 67 yards. Then he made two sacks at linebacker. He stepped in as placekicker on kickoffs because regular kicker Davis Dixon was injured. Then he caught the game-winning touchdown after starting the drive as the quarterback following an injury to Schmid.
Orange punt returner Montee Mitchell, who had a 31-yard return to the Northern 15-yard line. That led to the first touchdown of the game for Orange, whose offense had been lethargic up to that point.
In other games
East 30, Carrboro 27: At Carrboro, Amier Alston ran for 231 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries Friday to lead East Chapel Hill (1-1) to its first football victory ever over the Jaguars (0-2). Will Schmidt caught a 46-yard TD pass thrown by Brater Gerber, who had zero interceptions, and Koby Andrade rushed for another 149 yards to help East Chapel Hill win the battle of possession time. Their performance overshadowed the 155 yards rushing and 143 receiving yards of Carrboro’s Greyson McGee, who scored four touchdowns.
Chapel Hill 46, S. Granville: 29At Creedmoor, Chapel Hill (1-1) overcame an early deficit to earn a non-conference victory at South Granville (0-2). The Tigers were sparked by the return of starting quarterback Connor Stough, who shook off a hamstring injury to throw three touchdown passes to Connor Korfas and one each to Baxter Sobolewski and Sam Bauers. Ricki McDowell ran for another touchdown and Blake Johnson (two nights after scoring the game-winner for Chapel Hill’s soccer team against Carrboro) booted a field goal. Hudson Price highlighted the Tigers’ second-half shutdown of South Granville with a tackle in the end zone for a safety.
Jordan-Matthews 40, Cedar Ridge 29: At Hillsborough, the tandem of brothers Rahim and Rahman Martin helped the Jets live up to their name, producing three touchdowns and 501 yards of total offense between them. Noah Wright ran for the Jets’ three other touchdowns. That out-did the four touchdowns passes of (0-2) Cedar Ridge’s Peyton Pappas, who connected on scoring strikes of 13, 25, 35 and 55 yards.
Charlotte Latin 48, Northwood 13: The Hawks (2-1) pounced on crucial errors and scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to break open what had been a close game. Melvin Rouse scored touchdowns on runs of 55 and 5 yards, and he caught passes of 69 and 53 yards for two more. Rouse also scored on a 55-yard punt return in the fourth quarter, and one series later Latin’s Conrad Song returned a Northwood fumble seven yards for a touchdown that put the Hawks up 34-7. On play after another Northwood fumble, Stradford DeMarkes rambled 30 yards for the final 48-13 margin. The bright spots for Northwood (0-2) came from Montel Goods (12-142 rushing, 1 TD) and Dyland Mazurek (12-23-0 passing, 1 TD, 103 yards).