CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — Former South Columbus Stallion football standout Ethan Farmer has said it before. Earlier this week he said it again. “We’re getting better. We just come ready to play,” Farmer said on Monday in Chapel Hill. “Every week we need to get better. I feel like we have to move on and we know the team we can be and we can prove it on Saturday.” Farmer is a senior defensive tackle for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He’s a graduate of South Columbus High School.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (GOHEELS.COM By Turner Walston) — “We’re close,” freshman tailback Elijah Hood said following the Tar Heels’ 50-43 loss to Notre Dame “We were just couple of mistakes away from winning that game, so it’s just letting you know that when we play to our potential, we can play with anybody.”
Certainly a loss is a loss is a loss, but a close loss in an evenly-played game in the home of a Top 5 opponent feels a lot better than a blowout in just about any other situation. That feeling of being almost there, almost at the point of putting it all together, was a sentiment shared by Hood’s teammates.
“We know that we can play at a high level,” Mack Hollins said on Saturday. “That’s the number five team in the nation, and we competed with them and honestly should have won the game. So, we know, second half of the season (if) we can do that, we can play like that we’ll win out.”
After watching film of the Notre Dame game, Larry Fedora said the Tar Heels planned to build on their performance in South Bend. “There were many bright spots. There were some things that we were able to take from this game, and hopefully we’ll be able to grow on and we’ll be a better football team because of it.”
The biggest reason for Carolina’s performance against the Irish was quarterback Marquise Williams, who was able to establish a rhythm with the offense and stayed in the game after a fast start. Williams became the first Tar Heel in school history to throw for 300 or more yards and rush for 100. He scored passing (twice), he scored rushing and he caught a touchdown pass. For his efforts, Williams was named the ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week.
“The toughness and grittiness . . . on top of how he performed was really good,” Fedora said of Williams. “It wasn’t alway stat he made the best decisions in the game, but he made up for it in heart and want-to and provided a spark for our football team to give us a chance to win the game.”
Fedora said it was too early in the week to decide whether Williams would continue as the team’s every-series quarterback or if redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky would play certain series, as he did prior to Notre Dame. “He had a good feel, we had good flow, we had a good tempo going, a good rhythm going, and so we said if that was going to happen, and we’ve said that before that we wouldn’t do anything and in this game we did have a good flowing,” he said. “It’s one of the few games we’ve had early where we’ve started fast and had some things going well in the first quarter. So, that’s why we decided to do what we did.”
Williams’ effectiveness on offense impacted the other side of the ball as well. When the Tar Heels were moving the chains and using the clock, they gave the defense a chance to catch their breath, an opportunity to be more effective themselves against the Irish attack. In previous weeks, when the no-huddle spread offense often went three-and-out, the Tar Heel defense found themselves right back on the field, right back on their heels trying to keep a team from scoring.
There were mistakes made in all three phases of the game for the Tar Heels, and ultimately the result was a fourth-straight loss. But the team takes confidence from knowing that even though the played an imperfect game, they battled with one of the nation’s best teams. The task this week will be to take that confidence into practice and preparing for Georgia Tech and the second half of the season.
“I think that our football team came out of that understanding that if we take care of ourselves, we can play with anybody,” Fedora said. “We take care of us, we give ourselves a chance to win against anybody.”
Tuesday High School Scoreboard
HOGGARD 3 – SOUTH BRUNSWICK 0, VIKINGS FINISH LEAGUE PLAY WITH 12-0 RECORD
COASTAL CHRISTIAN 3 – CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 0
SOUTH COLUMBUS 3 – WHITEVILLE 1
EAST DUPLIN 3 – NORTH BRUNSWICK 0
PENDER 3 – TRASK 1, PATRIOTS FINISH LEAGUE PLAY WITH UNDEFEATED RECORD
WEST BRUNSWICK 3 – ASHLEY 0
SW ONSLOW 3 – DIXON 2
LANEY 1 – NEW BERN 1
WESLEY NELSON SCORED LANEY’S GOAL, ASSIST BY MICHAEL JAMES
NEW HANOVER 5 – TOPSAIL 0
IAN BENNETT SCORED 3 GOALS, FRANCO FERNANDEZ 2 GOALS, WILDCATS IMPROVE TO 9-1 IN LEAGUE PLAY
COASTAL CHRISTIAN 4 – CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 0 **Click icon above to see video
JOSH CHAPMAN SCORED TWICE FOR THE CENTURIONS, JOSH BUTTS & DOUGLAS MCKINNEY ALSO SCORED
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Community College volleyball team defeated Pitt Community College 3-1 on Tuesday at the Schwartz Center. CFCC is now 15-7 overall with a three game winning streak to boot. **Click icon above to see video
RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of October 14, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
1. Richmond County (5) (7-0) 150 2
2. New Bern (11) (8-0) 143 1
3. Greensboro Dudley (6-0) 106 5
4. Charlotte Mallard Creek (1) (6-1) 95 3
5. Matthews Butler (7-1) 94 4
6. Charlotte Independence (7-0) 93 6
7. Mooresville (8-0) 67 7
(tie) West Forsyth (8-0) 67 8
9. Greenville Rose (8-0) 44 10
10. Wake Forest (7-0) 34 NR
Others receiving 10 or more points: None.
1. Southern Durham (12) (8-0) 164 1
2. Shelby Crest (5) (7-0) 157 2
3. Havelock (7-1) 121 3
4. Concord (7-0) 104 4
5. Orange County (7-0) 77 5
6. Morganton Freedom (6-0-1) 64 7
7. Eastern Alamance (8-0) 61 10
8. Weddington (7-0) 53 9
9. Northern Guilford (6-1) 39 8
10. Southern Guilford (8-0) 35 NR
Others receiving 10 or more points: Asheville 24, Asheville Erwin 13.
1. Southwest Onslow (12) (7-0) 157 1
2. East Lincoln (2) (7-0) 148 2
3. Elizabeth City Northeastern (1) (7-0) 120 3
4. Shelby (1) (7-1) 108 5
5. Franklin (7-0) 97 6
6. Washington (6-1) 81 8
7. Newton-Conover (1) (6-0-1) 74 7
8. Black Mountain Owen (7-0) 57 9
9. Farmville Central (6-1) 35 4
10. East Bladen (6-1) 21 NR
Others receiving 10 or more points: Reidsville 19, Ashe County 16.
1. Wallace-Rose Hill (16) (7-0) 169 1
2. Warsaw Kenan (1) (6-1) 147 2
3. Mt. Airy (7-0) 138 3
4. Princeton (6-1) 112 4
5. Robbinsville (7-0) 110 5
6. Plymouth (6-1) 77 6
7. West Montgomery (7-1) 71 7
8. Swain County (5-2) 25 10
9. East Surry (6-1) 21 NR
10. Southeast Halifax (6-1) 16 NR
Others receiving 10 or more points: Walkertown 15, Alleghany County 12, Murphy 11.
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WILMINGTON, NC (BIG SHOTS RELEASE) — The 2nd Annual Big Shots/ Flight 22 Showcase will take place at Laney High Michael Jordan Gymnasium beginning at 1pm this Saturday. The showcase features the state and boarding states best talent and as they are put through drills and play live games in front of the Big Shots Recruiting company staff including Vice President Kevin Schneider. Their will be several other recruiting outlets in attendance as players are evaluated, ranked, and given exposure. College coaches are not allowed out at this time. The Flight 22 coaching staff will help conduct the event serving as team coaches. Former LA Defenders head coach and assistant UNC coach Bob McKinnon will be the camp speaker and drills instructor. Players scheduled to attend with multiple scholarship offers include Isaiah Vinson Flight 22 South View, Trae Bryant Hoggard, Quate McKinzie Harrells Christian Academy and many more.
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CHAPEL HILL, NC (NCHSAA) — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has confirmed that there were multiple ejections in last Friday night’s high school football game between West Bladen and Heide Trask.
West Bladen had three players ejected for fighting and Trask had four. The NCHSAA Handbook states that teams in the following situations will not be allowed to participate in the playoffs, including “a team whose players and coaches accumulate three or more individual ejections for fighting (note: if a situation occurs where three or more players on one team are ejected during one fighting incident, those ejections will cause the team to lose its playoff privileges).”
NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield noted that the normal protocol for filing ejections, including the reports as well as discussions with both schools, took place. The rule has been applied in this situation as it has in the NCHSAA for many years.
** Note: In summary, neither team will be participating in the football playoffs this season. Trask currently sports a 2-5 record with four games remaining. West Bladen is currently 5-2 with four games remaining.