Football Focus

October 23, 2013 

Football Focus

LAST WEEK

Orange 6, Chapel Hill 0

Cummings 37, Carrboro 20

Cedar Ridge 24, Webb 17

Southern Durham 56, Northwood 54

Northern Durham 42, East Chapel Hill 6

THIS FRIDAY’S GAMES

Chapel Hill (3-5, 2-2) at

Cardinal Gibbons (6-2, 3-1)

Chapel Hill has never beaten Cardinal Gibbons in a conference game, but Southern Durham proved it could be done. The Spartans beat Cardinal Gibbons 45-28 in week No. 8 of the season, snapping a string of 22 conference wins by the Crusaders. They made it look simple. All you have to do is shut down Gibbons’ quarterback Sean Stankavage (who’s still one of the most efficient QBs in the Triangle) and slow down the Crusader’s offense that’s averaged 43 points in conference games. Nothing to it.

All kidding aside, Chapel Hill’s defense may well be up to the task. The Tigers held Orange, the state’s No. 7-ranked team, which averaged 44 points a game coming into Chapel Hill, to just 6 points. If Chapel Hill can find a way to retool an offense that went without injured running backs Darius Allen and Lonnie Baldwin last week, the Tigers will be a handful for any opponent in the Big-8.

Orange (8-0, 4-0) at

Oxford Webb (2-5, 0-4)

Orange is looking to get back into gear after last week’s desultory showing at Chapel Hill. Webb’s best hope in this Big-8 game is that the Panthers play poorly for a second week in a row.

Carrboro (4-8, 1-3) at Jordan Matthews (2-6, 0-2)

For years, the Jets had a red-hot offense that created upsets of bigger teams. But they’ve become the lowest-scoring team in the Mid-State Conference, producing just 22 points in their last two games.

Cedar Ridge (1-7, 1-3)

at Sou. Durham (6-2, 4-0)

Southern has smoked five straight opponents, and the Spartans have scored more than 40 points in five of their six wins, thanks in large part to the connection between quarterback Kendall Hinton and wideout Maurice Trowell.

East Chapel Hill (1-7, 0-2)

at Roxboro Person (3-5, 1-1)

East averaged 22 points in its first four games, but just 7.5 since losing four linemen to injuries in week No. 4 of the season. The ’Cats need nothing more than some time to heal, but they won’t get it this week. So, their freshmen and sophomores who comprise the starting lineup will have to mature in a hurry for this PAC-6 game.

Northwood (6-2, 2-2) at

Nor. Vance (0-7, 0-4)

The Vikings have the lowest scoring offense in the Big-8, producing just 14 points a game while giving up an average of 45 points to opponents. Coincidentally, that’s just about Northwood’s scoring average. Ti Pinnix, Kadarus Rone and Jalen Smith should go to town in Henderson.

Coachspeak

“We’re going to quit reading in the newspapers and on the Internet about how great we are and just concentrate on getting back to basics.”

Pat Moser, Orange High

After beating Chapel Hill 6-0

Knocking wood …

… not to jinx him, but former East Chapel Hill kicker Thomas Moore kicked two extra points last week for Carolina and is now 65 for 65 in his career. Carolina has made 191 consecutive extra points, including 126 by Casey Barth. Moore also tied a career high with three made field goals – a 25-yarder in the second quarter, a 35-yarder in the third quarter and a 22-yarder in the fourth quarter. But all was not perfect, Miami blocked Moore’s first attempt from 47 yards and returned it for a touchdown. That broke a string of four successful field goals in a row for Moore.

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