Football: Chapel Hill 19, East Chapel Hill 6:
Published: Aug 25, 2012 12:45 AM
Modified: Aug 28, 2012 12:37 PM
On a night when both offenses sputtered, Chapel Hill preserved its winning streak against 4A rival East Chapel Hill with a goal line stand and 19-6 victory.
Down 12-6 in the fourth quarter, East Chapel drove 59 yards to get a first down at the Tigers six-yard line. Chapel Hill stopped East on four straight runs, the last a dive by Jeremy Hubbard from the one-yard line that got zero.
That goal line stand set the tone for the rest of the game, Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said. It took away their momentum and gave our offense a lift.
Darius Allens second-half touchdown runs of 56 and 14 yards were enough to spark Chapel Hills offense and lead the Tigers to their ninth straight win over East Chapel Hill, 19-6.
I think thats the best East team since 1999, Marsh said. This was no easy game. This was a tough win.
Alex Duncan, who had a 13-yard touchdown catch for Chapel Hill (2-0) in the first half, killed East Chapel Hills last drive by picking off a pass at the Tigers 30-yard line and returning it to the East 43 with 1:50 left to play. The Tigers were able to kill the clock after that.
Allen, held to 23yards in the first half, ran for 101 in the second to end up with 124yards on 21carries. His 56-yard dash around left end for a score with 3:28 remaining in the game gave Chapel Hill a 19-6 lead. It was set up by a muffed punt at midfield after Chapel Hill had been bottled up inside its own 10 by the Wildcats.
Did we improve? Did we play hard? Yeah. But we just made too many mistakes, East Chapel Hill coach Bill Renner said. Just catching a couple of punts would have helped.
Chapel Hill took a 12-6 lead with 1:22 left in the third quarter on Allens 14-yard dash off right tackle. Quarterback T.J. Johnson was stymied on his try for a conversion run.
Chapel Hill started three first-half possessions inside East territory, using one to tie the game at 6-6.
East Chapel Hill (1-1) got on the board first late in the second quarter with an 86-yard catch and run by Will Buckley on a Ben Jones pass. He caught the ball in a crowd at the Wildcats 20-yard line, shrugged off a defender and outran everyone to the end zone with 4:30 remaining in the quarter.
Buckleys dive into the end zone cost East Chapel Hill 15 yards for excessive celebration. Allens 34-yard kickoff return let Chapel Hill start the ensuing possession at Easts 42-yard line.
Helped by a bobbled punt that kept the drive alive, Chapel Hill scored on a 13-yard pass from T.J. Johnson to a wide-open Duncan in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:27 left before halftime. The Wildcats, who shanked their own first conversion kick, blocked Chapel Hills first PAT kick, leaving the score at 6-6.
Chapel Hill defeated East Chapel Hill for the ninth straight year, retaining possession of the Chapel Hill News Hodgin Cup.
Friday nights margin was the closest between the two rivals in Culton-Peerman Stadium since 2002, when Chapel Hill edged East 37-28. East Chapel Hill won 24-21 at CHHS in 1998, the Wildcats only win in Culton-Peerman in the annual battle for the Chapel Hill News Hodgin Cup.
East Chapel Hill hasnt beaten the Tigers since 2003. Chapel Hill leads the series 13-3.