High School Sports

Orange football shuts out Northwood for second time this season

Orange’s Bryse Wilson breaks one tackle on and looks to take on his next defender, Northwoood’s Jaquan Headen (17). The Northwood Chargers and Orange Panthers football game was played in Hillsborough, N.C. on Friday, November 13, 2015. Orange won 20-0.
Orange’s Bryse Wilson breaks one tackle on and looks to take on his next defender, Northwoood’s Jaquan Headen (17). The Northwood Chargers and Orange Panthers football game was played in Hillsborough, N.C. on Friday, November 13, 2015. Orange won 20-0. newsobserver.com

Entering this season, the Northwood Chargers had gone 11 years without being shutout.

They’ve now been whitewashed twice in the six weeks against the Orange Panthers.

Bryse Wilson rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers defeated the Chargers 20-0 in the 1st round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3AA playoffs Friday night at Auman Stadium.

Freshman Francisco McKinley added field goals of 22 and 32 yards as Orange (11-1) advanced to face archrival Southern Durham next week.

Northwood running back Montel Goods, who finished with 1,854 yards this season, was held to 79. The only game where he had a lower total was Oct. 1 against Orange, where he had 75 in a driving rainstorm.

Orange defeated Northwood 14-0 that night in Pittsboro.

“I was worried about facing them for a second time,” said Orange coach Pat Moser, who was also the head coach at Graham in 2004 when the Red Devils shut out the Chargers. “They have one of the best running backs in the state. I was wondering if we could keep them out of the end zone again, but we did.”

Northwood lost starting quarterback Kyle Jones to a foot injury in the second quarter after he ran for eight yards to convert a 3rd-and-7.

Brian Harrington and Adam Lambert filled in behind center, but the closest the Chargers game to scoring was a Matt Streets 22-yard field goal attempt, which was blocked by Wilson.

It was Wilson’s eighth blocked kick this year.

Panther quarterback Jackson Schmid competed six of his first 10 passes for 133 yards. Schmid, who suffered a foot injury against Northern Durham on Aug. 28th, missed the subsequent four games. His return came Sept. 24 against Southern Durham, where he threw three interceptions.

Going into the game, Schmid had gone 41-of-60 for 698 yards and eight touchdowns in his four games.

“He’s grown more confident throwing the ball,” said Moser. “He’s helping us more.

Orange scored on its first two possessions. A 10-play, 72-yard drive ended with a 22-yard McKinley field goal with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter. After a Charger three-and-out, Schmid hit wide receiver Montee Mitchell with a 36-yard pass. On the next play, Wilson scored on a three-yard run.

Northwood opened the second half with an onside kick attempt, which was recovered by Orange’s Ryan Puckett. Two plays later, Wilson took a misdirection handoff and scored on a 43-yard run, the longest play from scrimmage in the game.

Montee Mitchell had the Panthers’ only interception of the contest.

Now, Orange once again faces the Southern Durham hurdle. The Panthers have lost four straight to the Spartans, including a 34-16 defeat earlier this year.

The Chargers finish the year 6-6 in its first campaign under head coach Brian Harrington.

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