Chargers, Patriots and Hawks put perfect marks on the line

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Orange (4-0) at Northwood (4-0) - 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting - Orange 31, Northwood 26 (Oct. 24, 2008)

Northwood’s first-ever 3A Big Eight Conference contest sets the Chargers up against the 4-0 Panthers tonight in Pittsboro.

The Chargers had a bye week to get ready for the Panthers after beating Chapel Hill 41-19. Orange also had two weeks to prepare after a 35-0 win versus Graham, the second straight shutout by the Panther defense.

Northwood is averaging 314 passing yards and 113 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Ti Pinnix has thrown for 1,248 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Wide receiver Jalen Smith has 37 catches for 556 yards and eight touchdowns. Running back Kadarus Rone has five rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns.

Defensively, the Chargers haven’t pitched shutouts like Orange, but the Chargers have tallied 13 sacks and eight interceptions on the season.

C.E. Jordan (1-4) at Pinecrest (5-0) - 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting - Pinecrest 28, C.E. Jordan 0 (Nov. 13, 2009)

The Patriots have run over their last two opponents, Parkland and last Friday night at Southern Lee, for a total of 111 points, which isn’t too far off what they’ve put on the board all season.

Josh McCoy rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown as a bunch of Patriots got in on the rushing game against the Cavaliers. Troy Roper had a 43-yard touchdown run. Chris Collins had a touchdown. Starting quarterback Christian Ledbetter had one rushing and one passing touchdown. Backup quarterback Bradley Black scored two touchdowns on the ground.

Jordan comes into tonight off a 43-12 loss to Holly Springs.

The last meeting between the Patriots and Falcons was a first-round state playoff win by Pinecrest.

The Patriots have a bye week coming up followed by five straight Southeastern Conference games.

Triton (5-0) at Rocky Mount (4-1) - 7:30 p.m.

Juwan Thompson returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown to complete a 14-0 Hawk fourth quarter and give the Hawks a 27-21 win over Gray’s Creek last Friday night in Erwin.

The Hawks take their 23-game regular-season winning streak to Rocky Mount. The Gryphons edged Southwest Edgecombe 24-22 last Friday.

Besides Thompson’s heroics, the Hawk running attack was its usual strength to top the Bears. Zach Wade rushed 10 times for 113 yards and Todd Penny carried six times for 24 yards and two touchdowns.

Jordan-Matthews (2-3) at Western Harnett (1-4) - 7:30 p.m.

Western Harnett overpowered Union Pines on the ground for its first victory of the season, 43-35, last Friday night.

The Eagles totaled 464 rushing yards with Darius Alston going for 190 yards and a touchdown and Laron Gilchrist running for 171 yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles scored 19 points total in its four losses.

For the second straight season, the Jets and Eastern Randolph came down to a one-point game. The Jets won in 2012. Eastern Randolph prevailed 17-16, rallying from a 16-7 Jet lead, last Friday.

Josh Hudson’s 11-yard pass to Jackson Rogers for a touchdown made it 16-7 Jets late in the third quarter. After Eastern Randolph took the lead with 3:44 left, the Jets had a 43-yard field goal try blocked with 0:14 left.

East Montgomery (2-3, 1-1) at Chatham Central (1-4, 0-2) - 7:30 p.m.

Last season - East Montgomery 28, Chatham Central 9

The Bears get four of their next five Yadkin Valley games at home starting tonight but the YVC has been rough, to the tune of a 68-0 loss at West Montgomery and a 79-0 loss at Albemarle, for the Bears on the last two Friday nights.

East Montgomery won 14-13 at Union Academy last Friday, holding Union Academy to 22 rushing yards on 19 plays, for its first YVC win of the season.

Union Pines (3-2) at Westover (0-4) - 7:30 p.m.

Last season - Westover 26, Union Pines 0

The Vikings had a three-game winning streak stopped by Western Harnett, primarily the Eagle rushing attack, last Friday. The Vikings have already topped their win total from last fall as Cape Fear Valley play starts against the Wolverines, who are 0-4 having faced four Fayetteville schools so far. Westover fell 49-6 at Pine Forest last Friday.

The Viking offense kept rolling against Western Harnett as quarterback Max Yates threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

South View (4-1) at Overhills (2-3) - 7:30 p.m.

The Jaguars host their first-ever 4A Mid-South Athletic Conference contest tonight.

Overhills led 12-7 in the first quarter at Lee County last Friday. Sharp Jaguar passing dried up from there and turnovers helped the Yellow Jackets turn the Jaguar lead into a 52-12 Lee County rout.

Sophomore quarterback Deshaun Phillips is 69-for-129 passing for 953 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the Jaguars.

South View, coming in off a 27-14 win versus West Johnston, is averaging 250 rushing yards a game. Junior running back Jeremy Cox is the leading Tiger rusher, with 646 yards and eight touchdowns, and receiver, with eight catches for 217 yards and a touchdown.

Harnett Central (1-3) at Clayton (4-1) - 7 p.m.

Last season - Clayton 38, Harnett Central 7

The Trojans visit the Comets to open up Greater Neuse River Conference play. Harnett Central had a bye last week after a 46-19 loss to Overhills. Fuquay-Varina gave Clayton its first loss, 31-14, last Friday.

In the lone Trojan win this season, a 16-3 win over Western Harnett, the Trojans piled up 358 rushing yards led by quarterback Jay McNeil and running back Thomas Staton.

Clayton is averaging 240 rushing yards a game led by senior running back Jace Brown.

North Moore (0-5, 0-2) at North Stanly (3-1, 1-0) - 7:30 p.m.

The Mustangs visit YVC newcomer North Stanly tonight and must face star Comet running back Antonio Williams. Williams, a sophomore, committed to a football scholarship offer from North Carolina last week.

North Stanly beat South Davidson 64-6 last Friday while the Mustangs fell 56-14 to West Montgomery.