DURHAM — Southern Durham kept its high-octane offense rolling Friday night with a resounding 59-20 victory over Chapel Hill in the Big-Eight 3A conference. The Spartans have scored 121 points in their past two games.
“We had an excellent game plan for the first half, but you can’t make mistakes and give up big plays to a team like Southern when you’re as young as we are defensively,” Chapel Hill coach Issac Marsh said. “We haven’t seen that type of speed all year.”
Southern racked up 568 yards of total offense – 358 on the ground and 210 through the air.
“We executed pretty well,” Southern coach Adrian Jones said. “I’m impressed with the way our guys came out.”
The Spartans lead the Big-Eight in total offense with about 375 yards a game – 175.3 passing and 199.8 rushing.
Southern has scored 277 points this season, 121 in its two Big-Eight Conference games so far. That’s better than any other conference team.
Meanwhile Southern rates only behind Orange – North Carolina’s No. 8 ranked 3A team – in scoring defense in conference games.
In addition to his 210 passing yards, junior quarterback Kendall Hinton threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 65 yards and one touchdown.
“We have a triggerman who can get it done and some dangerous weapons for him to throw to,” Jones said. “It makes it hard to concentrate on just one guy.”
The Spartans play at Cardinal Gibbons in a key Big-Eight game Friday.
Hinton is rated No. 6 in quarterback efficiency with a rating of 164.8, thanks in large part to his throwing 12 touchdowns and just one interception so far.
Gibbons quarterback Sean Stankavage has completed 95 of 161 passes for a slightly better percentage (59) than Hinton (56), but he’s thrown 10 interceptions along with 10 touchdown passes.
Defense payed a big part on Southern’s latest win. After trailing 7-0 early in the first quarter, Southern (4-2, 2-0) scored 32 straight points to take a 32-7 halftime lead.
“We tried to slow them down,” Marsh said. “But big plays tonight were what they got on us.”
Southern leads the Big-Eight in scoring with 46.1 points a game, but Northwood isn’t far behind, with 43 points a game.
The Chargers won 79-28 last week at Cedar Ridge. That was Northwood’s most points since an 82-0 win over Carrboro in 2007 and its biggest margin of victory (51 points) since a 63-7 win against Chatham Central in 2008.
Still, head coach Bill Hall saw room for improvement.
“We’ll take the win; that’s always good, but we’ve got to get a lot better,” Hall said. “We had way too many dropped balls, especially in the first half. ... (Nortwhood QB) Ti Pinnix had another 50 yards that got left on the table with all the dropped passes.”
Hall said his favorite part of the game was Northwood’s defense, which shut out Cedar Ridge in the last two quarters after the Chargers took a 48-28 lead into halftime.
No laughing matter
Orange won a laugher against winless Northern Vance, 56-0, and will head into Friday’s home game as a clear favorite against winless Cedar Ridge. But don’t expect the Panthers to take their cross-town rivals lightly.
“I’ve been coaching long enough to see a lot of things happen that you wouldn’t expect,” Orange coach Pat Moser said. “Never mind the records. This is a rivalry game, and that makes it very dangerous for us. You’ve got to take them seriously.”
Friday’s Big-Eight game is the first time the two rivals have met as conference opponents since Orange left the 2A Mid-State in 2008. Cedar Ridge won four straight in the series until Orange won last year, 47-0.
Carrboro coach Jason Tudryn says there’s no time to fret about “what-ifs” after last week’s 41-26 loss to Randleman.
The Jaguars were without Trai Sharpe for the third week running, and didn’t have wide receiver Marlin Johnson for the second half Friday following an ankle injury.
“There’s no time to feel sorry for Trai or Marlin or whoever else,” Tudryn said. “Guys have got to find a way to compete.”