By Bonitta Best
CHAPEL HILL — Broughton scored all of its points in the second half to defeat Chapel Hill 17-7 in a nonconference football game Friday night.
The game was Chapel Hill’s first at home this season, and the enthusiasm of the night was tempered with remembrances of Atlas Farley, a Tigers football player who died following a practice before the season started.
Following the game, both teams met at midfield for prayer.
Chapel Hill had opened its season with a win at Cedar Ridge and a tough loss at Smithfield-Selma, but this was the first time the team had been on its own field in a game since their teammate’s death.
Ball possession was the name of the game in the second half for Broughton, which trailed 7-0 at intermission.
But in the second half, the Caps began every possession in Chapel Hill territory.
The Caps’ defense, which scored three touchdowns in last week’s 38-2 win over Panther Creek, came up big again in the second half.
The Broughton defense changed the game in the third period, holding the Tigers to minus 21 yards rushing.
“Our defense was excellent,” said Broughton coach Chris Martin, whose Caps are now
“The offense is still trying to find its way, but the defense has stepped up the last two weeks.”
Broughton scored on its first possession of the third period on a six-play, 37-yard drive capped by quarterback Chandler Browning’s 8-yard run with 6:05 left.
Jeremy Shelley’s extra point tied the score.
The Caps took the lead on their next possession, taking over at the Chapel Hill 29 following a short punt.
The drive stalled at the 18 and Shelley kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 10-7 Broughton lead.
Broughton increased its lead in the fourth period after Owen Hayden’s 35-yard punt return put the Caps on the Tigers’
Two plays later, Emery Young ran into the end zone from the 5 with 10:51 left in the game.
Chapel Hill had taken a 7-0 lead on its first possession of the game. The Tigers’ Pete Singer returned a punt 41 yards to the Broughton 4.
Nick Holland ran in from
the 4 three plays later for the touchdown.
“We didn’t finish the plays tonight,” Chapel Hill coach Isaac Marsh said. “We missed two field goals and didn’t capitalize in the red zone.
“But it is still early in the season. We’re going to be OK.”
Rushes-yards 28-106 27-93
Comp-Att-yards 17-35-135 11-25-99
BRO 0 0 10 7 — 17
CHL 7 0 0 0 — 7
CHL—N.Holland 3 run (J.Kircher kick); BRO—C.Browning 8 run (J.Shelley kick); BRO—J.Shelley 37 FG; BRO—E.Young 5 run (J.Shelley kick)
Rushing: BRO—C.Browning 6-7, J. Foreman 2-20, J.Moore 1-(-1), E.Young 19-80; CHL—J.Haus 10-(-14), N.Holland 2-6, S.Moore 13-71.
Passing: BRO—C.Browning 17-35-135-0; CHL—J.Haus 11-25-99-1.
Receiving: BRO—J.Bundy 2-21, J. Foreman 2-16, O.Hayden 3-58, S.Lucas 1-7, J.Moore 2-0, S.Sheppard 1-1, S.Sheppard 3-20, E.Young 3-12; CHL—D.Ashley 1-7, K.Duffy 5-43, D.Farrington 1-16.
Broughton tops Chapel Hill
By Bonitta Best