Vikings get Chapel Hill's attention in Tigers' homecoming win

CHN SportsOctober 13, 2013 

The ancient Chinese are credited for coming up with a unique curse: “May you live in interesting times.”

Chapel Hill’s homecoming night turned out to be more interesting than the Tigers wanted it to be, with winless Northern Vance scoring three touchdowns and three two-point conversions in the game’s final 3 minutes, 22 seconds Friday night.

Chapel Hill (3-4, 2-1) held on to win 28-24 in Culton-Peerman Stadium.

“That was one of the worst second halves we’ve ever played,” said Chapel Hill head coach Issac Marsh. “We let them back in it, and that’s something we can’t afford to do against teams we should beat.”

The Tigers seemed to have a Big-8 Conference win all sewn up after Andrew Gillespie caught a 15-yard pass for his second touchdown of the night, putting the Tigers up 28-0 with 11:54 left.

But that’s when it got “interesting.”

Run-oriented Northern Vance fought back with a halfback-option pass, from Kyland Bullock to Michael Spinner for a 43-yard scoring strike. Kris Haywood hit Anthony Davis for a two-point conversion pass.

After smothering Chapel Hill’s next punt attempt at the Chapel Hill 32, a 24-yard pass from Northern’s Kris Haywood to Spinner set up Devin Anderson’s 1-yard TD run. Haywood’s two-point conversion run cut the margin to 28-16 with 1:29 to play.

Northern (0-7, 0-3) recovered an onside kick at the Chapel Hill 49, and four plays later, Tamaj Bullock streaked 29 yards through the Tigers’ defense with 54 seconds remaining. Haywood tacked on a second two-point conversion run.

Chapel Hill’s Jammond Obie fell on the ensuing onside kick, allowing the Tigers to run out the clock.

Chapel Hill led 21-0 at the half, thanks to a 1-yard run by Lonnie Baldwin, a 45-yard strike from Grant Deselm to Gillespie, then a 2-yard plunge by Ricki McDowell.

But the lopsided lead wasn’t safe after both Darius Allen and Lonnie Baldwin, Chapel Hill’s top runners, both were hobbled by injuries and sat out the second half. Allen still ended up Chapel Hill’s top rusher, with 35 yards on five carries, all in the first half.

Deselm completed 12-of-24 passes without an interception, throwing for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Carrboro, Northwood and Orange win, East Chapel Hill falls

In other area games Friday, Carrboro downed Bartlett Yancey 20-14, undefeated Orange crushed Cedar Ridge 59-7, Northwood defeated Oxford Webb 33-21, and Riverside won its fourth straight by beating East Chapel Hill 42-10.

At Carrboro, Kenndrick Edwards ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Campbell Isom, getting his first start, ran for another as the Jaguars (4-3, 1-0) recorded their first victory in Mid-State Conference play and snapped a three-game losing skid.

At Hillsborough, winless Cedar Ridge scored first on No. 8-ranked Orange after the Panthers turned over the ball on their first play from scrimmage. Garrett Cloer then led Orange to 59 unanswered ponts with his 7-for-8 passing for 126 yards and four touchdowns. Tay Jones rushed for 125 yards and a TD on just seven carries.

At Pittsboro, Northwood answered Webb’s 90-yard kickoff return with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Kenton Edwards on the next play, giving the Chargers a 27-21 lead. Kadarus Rone (19-149 rushing) tacked on his second touchdown of the night on a 2-yard plunge with 10:23 left to play, giving Northwood (6-1, 2-1) some insurance in its Big-8 win over Webb (2-4, 0-3).

At East Chapel Hill, Riverside allowed the Wildcats only 118 yard, ruining their homecoming night. Riverside (5-2, 1-0) has a showdown coming Friday with defending PAC-6 champion Hillside.

The Wildcats scored their only points of the first half — a 30-yard field goal from Ellis Llewellyn — on their first possession of the game. Quarterback Connor Stough led the team 62 yards before the drive stalled on the Pirates 8. A penalty pushed East Chapel Hill back five yards, setting up the kick.

With Riverside up 28-3 with 9:05 left in the third quarter, East’s Ty Woodward scored on a catch-and-run of 67 yards off a Stough pass.

Evans scored his second touchdown at the start of the third quarter to make it 28-3 before East Chapel Hill scored its last points of the game when Stough found Woodard for a 67-yard touchdown with 9:05 left in the third.

Again, the Pirates struck back. Senior defensive back Cameron Roane skyrocketed 57 yards down the right sideline to put his team up 35-10. On Riverside’s next possession, wide receiver Deon Yarborough scored on a 60-yard punt return for the game’s final score.

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