CREEDMOOR — For some reason, the public address announcer Friday night at Viking Field couldn’t keep the names of Chapel Hill football team straight.
He kept confusing Chapel Hill quarterbacks Grant Deselm and Jacob Guskiewicz most of the first half. He tried to award Harrison Young’s 9-yard reception for a touchdown to a different Tiger sophomore.
In the end, it didn’t matter much. The only name he really needed to remember was South Granville’s Sean Bowman. He rushed 28 times Friday for 181 yards and two touchdowns, leading the 2A Vikings to a convincing 37-13 victory over 3A Chapel Hill.
South Granville (1-1) led from start to finish, scoring on the game’s opening kickoff with Craig Wilkie’s 85-yard return for a touchdown.
The Tigers’ Grant Deselm threw two touchdown passes – a 27-yard strike to Noah Layden in the first half and the nine-yard throw to Young along the back of the end zone.
But Viking quarterback Matt McCutcheon matched that with his one TD pass and one touchdown run.
Bowman, a 6-0, 165-pound junior, had 131 yards in 19 carries in the first half. His four-yard run on South Granville’s first play of the second quarter put the Vikings ahead 16-0. He played sparingly in the second half, coming in long enough to cap the night’s scoring with a 5-yard TD run for the game’s final margin.
“Our line came out and took care of business, and I just did what I needed to do to take of business, too,” said Bowman.
Chapel Hill (0-2) struggled throughout the first quarter, throwing an interception on the first play from scrimmage, which Tyler Bunts returned 25 yards to Chapel Hill’s 10-yard line. Four plays later, Kaleb Chamberlain kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 10-0 South Granville lead.
Chapel Hill later coughed up another fumble and another interception. The Tigers eventually ripped one fumble away from Bowman in the fourth quarter, but still was minus-two in turnovers.
“They just had their way with us. They came off the ball and got after us,” Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said. “We played well in spots, but we never could get into a rhythm. They were just the better team tonight.”