W.E. Warnock - Etcetera:
Published: Dec 08, 2012 06:00 PM
Modified: Dec 09, 2012 11:12 AM
Carrboro's football team was not the only Jaguars to play in Carter Finley Stadium last weekend. The Carrboro High School's marching band also made an appearance.
Given that Carter Finley Stadium holds 60,000 fans, Carrboro's contingent of about 1,000 people did not come even close to filling up the north side of the stands. (South Lincoln brought just about the same number, sitting on the south side.)
Despite the fact that there were plenty of open seats, the band dutifully sat in its assigned space near the East end zone.
The Carrboro marching band also did their school proud by performing at halftime. South Lincoln did not have a performing band.
One riot, one ranger:
The saying often applied to the Texas Rangers meaning that one ranger can handle just about crisis also works when talking about the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Last weekend, the NCHSAA ran eight different state football championships in 24 hours at three different venues in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.
Such an operation requires the NCHSAA to spread itself thin. The NCHSAA relies heavily on the cooperation of its member schools, volunteers, corporate sponsors and venue hosts to pull off these three-ringed circuses.
Many people outside of high school athletics are unaware that the NCHSAA is centered in Chapel Hill. And while its offices along Finley Road may seem adequate for an organization with such a big job, appearances can be deceiving; the building actually houses a relatively small full-time staff.
Along those lines, the NCHSAA had high praise for the players and staff of Porter Ridge. And not just for the good sportsmanship of the Porter Ridge players after they lost in the last minute to undefeated New Bern in Kenan Stadium.
Workers at the University of North Carolina's football stadium reported that they found the Porter Ridge locker room in perfect shape after the disappointed Pirates had left.
They had disposed of all the trash, deposited all their laundry in the right bins and even had lined up the stools in front of the lockers.
Carrboro was one of three football teams along with Swain County and Tarboro that suffered their only loss of 2012 in the last game. Four finished the year undefeated: New Bern, Matthews Butler, East Lincoln and Northern Guilford.
Swain County's Raymius Smith completed 22 of 35 passes for 426 yards for the most yards ever in an NCHSAA football championship game but the Maroon Devils fell to Southwest Onslow 44-34 in the 1-AA final at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Thirteen of Smith's passes went to Greg Tisho 261 yards. Both of those numbers are NCHSAA state final records.
And more records:
T.J. Logan of undefeated Northern Guilford set the NCHSAA single game rushing record with 510 yards on 28 carries in last weekend's 64-26 championship win in the 3AA final against Charlotte Catholic. He also scored eight touchdowns one runs of 6, 27, 80, 85, 19, 14, 82 and 73 yards to tie another NCHSAA single-game record.
The previous rushing record was 490 yards by Akile Jones of Lejeune in a 47-30 regular-season win in 2011 against Dixon.
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