Northern turns back Southern, 49-14
GREENSBORO – Southern Guilford head coach Darryl Brown knew his team faced a very difficult challenge when playing two-time defending state champ Northern Guilford and running back T.J Logan.
Logan and the undefeated Nighthawks cruised by the Storm 49-14 Friday night eliminating Southern Guilford from the NCHSAA 3AA division playoffs. Logan’s impressive night included 228 yards rushing, 58 yards receiving, scoring four touchdowns, in addition to his two interceptions on defense.
Northern is two wins away from its third consecutive state championship, moving on to play Wilson Hunt on Friday.
“This was the best team we’ve played all year,” Brown said. “We’ve heard how good they were and watched them on tape but you can’t get a good feel until you are on the field with them. They were impressive.”
Southern Guilford struggled to get anything going offensively only gaining 132 yards from scrimmage. Northern’s stifling defense, who has only given up 78 points the entire season, picked off quarterback Camden Ball five times.
“We had key turnovers on offense that really hurt us. We didn’t make good plays tonight,” senior running back Malik Moseley said.
Moseley, playing in his final game in a Storm uniform, was held under 50 yards rushing – the first time all season he didn’t run for more than 100 yards. Northern’s defense was all over Moseley when he carried the ball, managing to hold him to single digit rushing yards in the second half.
In what started out to be a promising night for Southern Guilford when the Storm picked off Nighthawk quarterback Austin Coltrane leading to Moseley’s 35th touchdown of the season, the tables turned rather quickly as Northern responded with three unanswered scores before halftime.
In the third quarter, Logan found holes in the Storm defense rattling off a couple of touchdown runs, 45 and 47 yards, respectively. Northern put up 49 unanswered points.
“Our defense stepped up big in the second half and gave the offense a couple of opportunities.” Logan said. The UNC-Chapel Hill recruit was taken out at the end of the third quarter with the Nighthawks up 35-7.
Southern ends its season with an 11-2 record after advancing to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1971. “We had a great year, one of the best this program has ever had and we can’t over look that.” Brown said.
SG 7 0 0 7 14
NG 7 14 14 14 49
SG- Moseley 3 yard run (Martinez kick) 2:43
NG- Purcell 35 yard pass from Coltrane (Hasler kick) 0:26
NG- Logan 33 yard run (Hasler kick) 6:25
NG- Logan 15 yard pass from Coltrane (Hasler kick) 0:22
NG- Logan 45 yard run (Conversion good) 10:26
NG- Logan 47 yard run (Kick blocked) 7:33
NG-Coltrane 3 yard run (Hasler kick) 9:25
NG-Parker 47 yard run (Hasler kick) 4:17
SG- Gallaspy 70 yard run (Martinez kick)