Sept. 20 high school football updates
Here is an an early look at Bob Wilson's column coming Sunday in The Durham News. Tell us what you think below (with your name) or in a letter to the editor at email@example.com
BY BOB WILSON
I hope you didn’t reflexively toss the mini-billboard that came in the mail a few days ago. You know, the one with the beaming faces of County Commissioners Chairman Michael Page, fellow incumbents Joe Bowser and Brenda Howerton, and incumbent wannabe Rickey Padgett.
The billboard – er, campaign post card – appeared to be from the candidates themselves, all fervent supporters of 751 South, the proposed 167-acre, mixed-use project hard by the Chatham County line.
And hard by the eutrophic upper reaches of Jordan Lake, which needs another patch of urban sprawl about as much as James Harden needs another elbow punch from the Lakers’ Metta World Peace.
The post card actually came from the Durham Partnership for Progress, a political action committee formed by Southern Durham Development Inc., the local outfit behind 751 South. The PAC exists for one purpose: Elect its four anointed candidates to ensure that 751 South has a future.
Don’t be dazzled by Southern Durham President Alex Mitchell’s declaration that the PAC has high-minded ambitions to “foster a political environment … that encourages equal opportunity, job creation, smart growth.”
What’s so smart about planting 1,300 homes and townhouses and 600,000 square feet of office-retail on 167 acres of environmentally sensitive land whose runoff by Southern Durham’s own assessment will put 600 pounds of nitrogen a year into Jordan Lake?
Morgan McGee of Durham Hillside and Maddie McCallie of Durham Riverside shared PAC-Six 4A girls basketball player of the year award.
RALEIGH - Southeast Raleigh picked the most opportune time to play its most complete game of the season.
The Bulldogs dominated Southern Durham on both sides of the ball and dismantled the Spartans 38-7 Friday night in the second round of the NCHSAA 4-A playoffs. Southeast (10-3) will advance to play New Bern in the next round.
I'm not big on predicting scores of games. I always start to feel like I'd need to start wearing open-collared shirts, a lot of sloppy gold jewelry, expose a lot of chest hair, get an 800-number and buy time on Fox Sports Net early Saturday morning. And that wouldn't be good for anybody.
But still, there are several things I'm convinced will happen in each of the four playoff games involving teams in the Garner-Clayton Record and The Herald readership areas. Here goes…
DURHAM – Southern Durham's game against rival Northern Durham on Friday night served as a microcosm of its entire year. Just like their season, the Spartans started slow, but turned it on in the fourth quarter and finished the regular season by rallying to beat the Knights 13-6 at home on Senior Night.
The win was the Spartans' fifth in a row -- all in conference play -- after losing it's first six games. It also tied them for second place in the Piedmont Athletic Conference with Northern, a game behind Durham Hillside.
CHAPEL HILL – It’s an old and worn-out cliché: The final score is not indicative of a competitive game.
The scoreboard reads Southern 48, East Chapel Hill 26, but it doesn’t tell how hard a depleted Wildcats team fought till the clock said 0:00.
Still, it was the Spartans who overcame a sluggish and lackadaisical first half to win their fourth straight game – all in the PAC-6 conference.
DURHAM – After losing to his cross-town rival Durham Hillside in a last-second thriller on Sept. 24, Southern Durham coach Adrian Jones said all his team needed was its first win and things would get better.
They’ve gotten a lot better.
Southern defeated PAC-6 conference foe Durham Riverside 47-7 for its third straight win after losing its first six games in a brutal non-conference schedule. The victory keeps the Spartans in second place behind Hillside and Northern Durham (if they both won tonight.)
DURHAM – After starting the season with a six-game losing streak, Southern Durham finally knows what a winning streak feels like.
Jeremy Thompson scored touchdowns on a 62-yard kickoff return and a 1-yard rush, as the Spartans rallied to win their second straight game and spoil Durham Jordan's homecoming with a 28-14 win Friday night at Claude Currie Stadium.
Even though one team was undefeated and the other was looking for its first win, Durham Hillside and Southern Durham -- as usual -- produced another classic game Friday night.
The winless Spartans almost stole the game with a trick play with under a minute left, but the Hornets' defense stopped the ensuing two-point conversion try as Hillside stayed undefeated by hanging on to a 13-12 home victory in the Pac-6 conference opener for both teams.