Football Focus

October 16, 2013 

Football Focus

THIS FRIDAY’S GAMES

Orange (7-0, 3-0) at

Chapel Hill (3-4, 2-1)

Rivals long before they were in the Big-8 Conference, both these teams have talent. One of the biggest differences between the two is that Orange has been consistent, while Chapel Hill has struggled with some injuries that have forced it to change its plans more than once. Orange has one the best running games in the area with backs Tay Jones, Patrick Pettiford //and others , so quarterback Garrett Cloer doesn’t throw a lot, but is deadly when he does. He rates No. 1 in the Triangle in passing efficiency (a 244 rating), with 177 yards a game, 7 TDs and no interceptions. The Panthers also rate best in the area in scoring defense, giving up just 7.1 points per game. Game time: 7 p.m. at Culton-Peerman Stadium

Northwood (5-1, 2-1) at

at So. Durham (5-2, 3-0)

In the same conference for the first time, these two teams make the Big-8 one of the toughest leagues in the state. Northwood QB Ti Pinnix is the top passer (300 yards per game average) in central North Carolina, and Jalen Smith is the area’s top receiver (132 yards per game). Southern quarterback Kendall Hinton (210 passing yards per game) is one of the quickest players in the state, as is his favorite target, N.C. State recruit Maurice Trowell (89.4 yards recieving average). Turnovers could decide this game. Game time: 7 p.m., at Spartan Stadium.

Carrboro (4-3, 1-0) at

Cummings (2-5, 0-1)

This Mid-State contest is a rematch of a first-round playoff game last year when these teams were in separate leagues, won by 68-31 by Carrboro. Cummings has lost two straight, mostly because it had trouble stopping the run and shot itself in the foot. (The Cavaliers had 190 yards in penalties and coughed up four turnovers last week in an overtime loss at Graham.) Carrboro’s biggest problem has been injuries and not being able to start the same 11 players two games in a row. Game time: 7 p.m. at Cavaliers Stadium in Burlington

Cedar Ridge (0-7, 0-3) at

at Oxford Webb (2-4, 0-3)

The Red Wolves will need to stop Webb’s big plays, especially by Nykwanza Henderson, to win this Big-8 game. Henderson scored on a 30-yard pass reception and a 90-yard kickoff last week against Northwood. Game time: 7 p.m., at Warrior Stadium.

East Chapel Hill (1-6, 0-1)

at No. Durham (1-6, 1-0)

East, decimated by injuries, has had trouble stopping the run, and that sets up perfectly for the Knights in this PAC-6 contest. Northern proved it could move the ball in last week’s win against Person, gaining more than 230 yards on the ground. Game time: 7 p.m., at Durham County Memorial Stadium.

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