Friday’s Football Focus

October 10, 2013 

LAST WEEK

Southern Durham 52, Chapel Hill 20

Orange 56, Northern Vance 0

Randleman 41, Carrboro 26

Northwood 79, Cedar Ridge 28

East Chapel Hill, open date

THIS WEEK

Riverside (4-2, 0-0) at

East Chapel Hill (1-5, 0-0)

This is homecoming weekend for East Chapel Hill.The Wildcats are catching Riverside, formerly the doormat of the PAC-6, as the Pirates are on the upswing for their best start in years. The last time Riverside was above .500 at the start of its conference schedule was in 2006, when the Pirates were 3-2 and then won eight straight as they headed to the state championship finals. There’s little secret about the Bucs’ success: Joel Evans (194.7 ypg) is the top rusher in the PAC-6, his 419 yards in a win at Clayton Cleveland was the most ever recorded by a PAC-6 runner. Game time: 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium

Northern Vance (0-6, 0-2)

at Chapel Hill (2-4, 1-1)

Northern Vance has struggled to move the ball, getting less than 100 yards total offense last week at Orange, so points have been hard to come by. The Vikings have scored 14 points total in their last three games, and only 70 total all season – the fewest of any Big-8 Conference team. Nonetheless, Chapel Hill needs to tighten up a defense that gave up 90 points in its last two contests. Game time: 7 p.m. at Culton-Peerman Stadium

Bartlett Yancey (2-4, 0-0)

at Carrboro (3-3, 0-0)

This is the first match ever between these two teams and their first Mid-State 2A Conference game of the year. QB Doniel Totten and RB Dayshawn Newman help Bartlett Yancey get the ball up and down the field, but turnovers have kept the Buccaneers from scoring more than the still-good 26 points a game they average. Carrboro is still trying to cope to life without Trai Sharp and has lost three straight. Game time: 7 p.m. at Jaguar Stadium

Cedar Ridge (0-6, 0-2)

at Orange (6-0, 2-0)

On paper, this one shouldn’t be close, but the Red Wolves scored 28 on Northwood, so QB Peyton Pappas can move the ball. Still, he’s facing the region’s best defense, which gives up just 7.1 points a game. Orange coach Pat Moser said, “It’s a rivalry game. Forget the records.” Game time: 7 p.m. at Auman Stadium

Oxford Webb (2-3, 0-2) at

Northwood (5-1, 1-1)

The Warriors have been giving up 30.6 points a game, while Northwood has been averaging 43, with QB Ti Pinnix emerging as the top passer in the area (163-271, 21 TDs, 329 ypg). The math doesn’t look good for Webb. Game time: 7 p.m.

Coachspeak

“He’s awesome. He’s a stud. You’ve just got to find a way to take away his game. I’d rather make somebody try to win the game for Riverside than let him run with the ball all the time.”

Jon Sherman, East Chapel Hill

about Riveside’s Joel Evans

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