CARRBORO — East Chapel Hill knew it would have to play a perfect game Friday to earn the program’s first-ever victory against Carrboro, 2012 North Carolina 2A state title runners-up. But East Chapel Hill bookended its 34-21 defeat with decidedly imperfect plays. Colby Owen, who did an otherwise admirable job carrying his team on the ground Friday night, fumbled on his first carry of the night. And on the final play of the game, sophomore quarterback Connor Stough threw an interception.
“I’m excited for our kids because all summer long they’ve been told they’re really good,” Carrboro coach Jason Tudryn said. “It’s a tribute to our senior class – they didn’t want to be the first class to lose to East. I’m happy that they’re not.”
Trai Sharp equaled his four-touchdown performance against Cedar Ridge last week, opening with three rushing touchdowns in the first half to give Carrboro a 19-7 halftime lead. He added a fourth at the beginning of the fourth quarter and ended up shredding the East Chapel Hill defense for 263 yards.
Carrboro quarterback Jonah Mendys seemed composed in only his second game under center and uncorked some truly impressive throws, including a 22-yard pass to Greyson Magee that set up Sharp’s first touchdown.
East Chapel Hill’s special teams squad blocked a second-quarter punt by Rowe Mellott to set up East’s first TD on a 25-yard run by quarterback Stough.
Sharp answered, driving the Jaguars down the field for another 1-yard touchdown a minute before halftime to give his team a 19-7 lead at the break.
“A lot of kids are competitive, but he wants to compete and win every play,” Tudryn said. “He’s so competitive. Thank God he’s on our team.”
Mendys’ 76-yard touchdown pass to Marlin Johnson late in the third quarter proved Sharp wasn’t all opponents would have to worry about.
Carrboro’s shallow roster seemed to lose its edge in the second half, while Stough redeemed a spotty first-half performance with a couple of long-range bombs to senior wide receiver Jack Hankins, including a 47-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline in the fourth quarter.
Then, with just 30 seconds remaining, Stough connected with Hankins again from eight yards out. The two-point conversion was successful, and East Chapel Hill closed the final margin to 34-21.
“You know, it’s hard with kids,” Tudryn said. “They see the scoreboard, and they do the math. We’re playing so many guys both ways, so they let up a little bit. And East kept fighting, so that’s good for them, but it’s a problem. It was a really hot night, and we’re only playing about 14 or 15 guys, so I was really proud of our effort to come out here and play extremely hard.”
Southern Lee 31
Northwood’s five-wide attack hit full force Friday, with Ti Pinnix completing 29 of 49 passes for an even 500 yards and five touchdowns for the Chargers (2-0). His longest was a 98-yard scoring strike to Kadarus Rone, outdoing his 75-yard TD pass to Jalen Smith in the opening minutes.
Northern Durham 15
Tay Jones rushed 11 times for 148 yards and a touchdown while Patrick Pettiford tacked on 98 yards and a TD on 13 carries as 3A Orange (2-0) picked up its first win over 4A Northern Durham (0-2) since 1968.
Southern Vance 24,
Cedar Ridge 19
Peyton Pappas threw two touchdown passes for Cedar Ridge (0-2), and Brandon Phares kicked two field goals, but the SV Raiders rallied from an early 13-0 deficit and took the lead for good on Sheldon Smith’s 6-yard TD run. They iced the win with a goal line stand in the fourth quarter.