CARRBORO — McDougle Middle School’s football team hosted Hillsborough’s C.W. Stanford for an OPAC game last week, and the result was as much a clash of styles as a sporting event.
McDougle brought 18 young players to the game on a sunny, warm Wednesday afternoon, backed by a spirited pep band and some parents. Stanford, which has lost one Orange-Person Athletics conference football game in four years, came armed with 55 players, almost as many cheerleaders as McDougle had players, and even more parents, enough that they spilled out of the stands and along a grassy hillside nearby.
“There’s almost a pack mentality about it,” Stanford’s eight-year coach Aaron Carr said, adding the number of players “actually is a bit down this year. Our success and our numbers attract more numbers. The kids look forward to playing.”
Stanford didn’t just outnumber McDougle three-to-one. The visiting Chargers were big and fast, some of them looking like they were ready to move up to the just-as-successful Orange High program.
The Chargers have fed the Panthers’ success. Current OHS quarterback Garrett Cloer and running back Tay Jones played on Stanford’s 8-0 team in 2010.
Stanford (4-0) scored on every possession Wednesday, starting off all but one drive in (0-3) McDougle territory. The only play the Chargers ran on their own side of the 50 came after the opening kickoff of the second half. That resulted in a five-play, 63-yard drive, capped by an 18-yard touchdown run by Josiah Ramirez.
Stanford went on to win 45-0 for its 14th straight victory.
Big receiver Ryan Sellars caught touchdown passes of 34 and 11 yards from quarterback Brendan Huss , and Jetson Satterfield caught a 34-yard TD pass. Payton Wilson, Bret Porterfield and Colin Guetensberger also ran in scores.
McDougle’s Drew Govert and Joseph Patterson were able to rip off a couple of nice runs late in the game, but the Chargers ended up with 194 yards of total offense to McDougle’s 14.
McDougle coach Chris Clark said he couldn’t fault his players’ effort.
“The guys have played with a lot of heart this season,” Clark said. “We may be low in numbers but we’re big in heart.”