The rivalry between Orange and Northern Durham breeds on Thursday night junior varsity games, where the Knights and the Panthers have dueled for the Big 8 Championship for years. Then when those JV players move to the higher level, the hostilities carry over to Friday night. In a grueling battle of attrition on Friday night, the Panthers defeated the Knights 7-6 at Durham County Stadium. Wingback and linebacker Elliott Woods led Orange with 47 scrimmage yards and the only Orange touchdown. Defensive end Nate Hecht had four carries for 18 yards, while Brendon Worsham had two big sacks of Northern quarterback Kyle Barnhill. Hecht and Worsham played junior varsity last season for Orange and lost to Northern last season, so the taste of victory was extra sweet on Friday night in the final Big 8 Conference game between the two rivals before realignment goes into effect this summer.

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