Southern Durham’s dominance over Orange continues.
The Spartans defeated the Panthers 34-16 for their fifth straight win in the series. Southern has not lost to the Panthers since moving down to the Big 8 Conference three seasons ago.
Leading 19-16 at halftime, Southern Durham (4-2) shut out the Panthers (5-1) in the second half and recorded three interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery.
“This is a huge upside for us in this win,” Southern Durham coach Darius Robinson said. “We’ve went through a lot in our first five games. We beat ourselves and became our own worst enemy.”
With Orange carrying some momentum into halftime after scoring before the end of the second quarter, the Spartans came out with a methodical, 12-play, 64-yard drive to take an 11-point lead. The Panthers never recovered.
They said it
“The bigger the score, the better our defense plays,” Robinson said.
Three who mattered
Southern Durham cornerback Albert Teet snagged two of the three interceptions and recovered the fumble.
Despite a subpar throwing game, Southern Durham’s Jalen Greene threw two touchdown passes and ran for another.
Orange running back Drew Lemaster ran for a team-high 80 yards, including a 49-yard score to keep the Panthers close in the first half.
By the numbers
0: Number of wins Orange has against Southern Durham in past five matchups.
7: Number of carries Orange running back Alex Long had all season before his second-quarter touchdown.
7: Orange running backs who carried the ball during the first half.
2: Southern Durham players who ran the ball.