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High School Football Roundup

Southern took a 19-0 lead in the first quarter and held off a determined Northern rally to hand the Knights their fifth straight loss with last Friday’s 39-27 decision.

Playing at Durham County memorial Stadium, Southern burned the Knights with 282 yards passing by Kendall Hinton, who had one of his best overall performances to date. He completed 17 of 28 passes, including touchdown throws of 47, 39 and 12 yards to Maurice Trowell. In between two first-quarter TD passes, Hinton sandwiched in a 1-yard plunge for a TD on the ground.

With Southern (2-2) leading 26-14 in the third quarter, William Cameron applied the coup de grace with a 15-yard TD run for Southern. Jordan Brown supplied an insurance touchdown with a 7-yard run.

Northern got on the board with Zaaqhai Mann’s 3-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter and cut the margin to 12 points on a 2-yard dive by Alphonso Gbojueh with 8:48 left in the third.

Down 39-14 in the fourth quarter, Northern tacked on touchdowns on 1-yard runs by Mann and Kendrick Bailey, the last with 23 seconds left.

W.E. Warnock, The Durham News

Pirates work OT to get above .500

Playing on the road, Riverside survived double overtime at Apex last Friday to come away with a 37-31 non-conference win. That makes the Pirates 3-2 overall, their best record five games into the season since starting 4-3 in 2009.

Riverside and Apex scored just one touchdown apiece in the first three quarters, then combined for seven touchdowns in the fourth quarter and both overtime periods.

Riverside’s Joel Evans fumbled his first carry of the game, then fulfilled his vow to make up for it by rushing 23 times for 214 yards and three touchdowns.

His third TD capped Riverside’s first possession of the second overtime for the winning points. The ensuing extra point was blocked, bit that didn’t cost the Pirates, who stopped Apex on four downs to hold on for the win.

Apex (1-3) lost despite a valiant effort from senior Rondell James, who 15 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns. He also picked off a pass and then blocked Riverside’s last conversion kick.

Riverside’s first points came off a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter by Micah Goodwin and Diante Strothers’ 13-yard pass to Deon Yarborough just before halftime.

In the fourth quarter, Evans scored on runs of 21 and 17 yards to helped send the game into OT.

Strothers ran in the Pirates’ 1st OT touchdown and Evans got Riverside out of the second OT with a 2-yard run.

J. Mike Blake, The Cary News

Little Charlotte Country Day gets a major upset

A few years back, Charlotte Country Day beat public school titans Crest and Rock Hill Northwestern. Friday night, Country Day – the private school equivalent of a small, 1A-sized public school – did it again by winning 25-21 at Hillside, the No. 10 ranked 4A public school in the Associated Press media poll.

Hillside’s Dontae Thomas-Williams returned a kickoff 95 yards to tie the game at 7-7 midway through the second quarter. The Hornets led 21-7 after a 7-yard touchdown run by Raquaz Brannon and Nas Forte-Ferguson’s 32-yard TD pass to Trevion Thompson.

Charlotte rallied with Thomas Jackson’s 26-yard run for a TD and Robert Tate’s 5-yard pass to Tony Battah, but the Bucs still trailed 21-19 after failing on both conversions.

Jackson proved to be the Bucs’ hero with his 63-yard punt return for a touchdown with 10:02 to play.

Charlotte got a key interception late and stopped Hillside’s desperate last drive. Charlotte Country Day improves to 3-1 on the season; Hillside falls to to 2-2.

The Charlotte Observer

Jordan loses third to SWAC

Holly Springs got its first win 43-12 last Friday at Jordan as the Falcons (1-4) dropped their third straight contest – all to Southwest Wake Athletic Conference teams. Green Hope won at Claude Currie Stadium in week two of the season, and Jordan fell at Panther Creek the next week. The Golden Hawks (1-3) took control early and gained 451 total yards.

Jordan was flagged nine times for personal fouls, and the Falcons’ touchdowns came against Holly Springs’ backup defensive players.

Tom Shanahan, The Cary News

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