Orange Football

Alumni Update: Alvis Whitted leaves University of Wisconsin for Utah

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Alvis Whitted: After three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Wisconsin, former Orange High wide receiver Alvis Whitted joined the staff at the University of Utah this week. Whitted departs Madison after former Badgers head coach Paul Chryst was fired in September. He will be the wide receivers coach with the Utes. Whitted is the only Orange High player to ever play in a Super Bowl. In 2003, Whitted played special teams for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After retiring in 2006, Whitted served as an assistant coach for Orange. He has since served as an assistant at UCLA. For seven years, Whitted was the wide receivers coach for Colorado State before he joined the Green Bay Packers under head coach Matt LaFleur. During his time with Wisconsin, the Badgers won bowl games in each of the last three season. Whitted was a wide receiver at Orange under head coach Greg Gentry and was also a PAC-6 Conference champion sprinter. Whitted started his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998. He spent four seasons with Jacksonville before he left to spend one season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2002. He was a member of the last Orange team to win a game in the 4A State Playoffs in 1991 when the Panthers defeated J.H. Rose in Greenville.

Braden Homsey: Homsey won his 100th career match for Division III Ferrum College during the Pete Wilson Invitational in Wheaton, IL. Competing in the 197-pound tournament, Homsey opened with a win over Jackson Beck-Calvert of Adrian College via pinfall in 4:00. Homsey advanced to the quarterfinals after he defeated Treyten Steffen of Cornell College in an 11-5 decision. Homsey got to the semifinals after he edged Chase Melton of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 3-2. Jarrod Setliff of Otterbein University defeated Homsey 6-5. In the consolation semifinals, Homsey earned the win via a medical forfeit against Jesse Kanatzar of John Carroll University. In the 3rd place match, Gabriel Zierden of Concordia College Morehead edged Homsey 3-2. Ferrum placed 17 of 31 teams.

Jamar Davis: Now a graduate student at N.C. State, Davis started his final year with the Wolfpack’s indoor track and field team earlier this month. At the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, VA, Davis finished 2nd in the triple jump with a leap of 15.14 meters. Only Chauncey Chambers of Virginia Tech finished ahead of Davis. In the long jump, Davis finished 4th with a top jump of 7.47 meters. This weekend, Davis competed in the Bob Pollock Meet in Clemson, SC. Davis finished 5th in the triple jump. His top leap was 14.87 meters.

Joey McMullin: The Sandhills Community College men’s basketball team ran past Mountain Gateway Community College 127-75 on Friday in Clifton Forge, VA. McMullin led Sandhills with 21 points, including scoring ten straight points in the first half. Sandhills is ranked #1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III. On Monday, Sandhills head coach Mike Apple will go for career win #300 when Sandhills faces Hines Prep. On Wednesday, Sandhills defeated Central Carolina Community College 110-55. McMullin finished with 16 points in eleven minutes. He also had three rebounds and two assists. On January 21, Sandhills rolled past Oxford College at Emory University 104-77. McMullin scored 20 points off 8-of-13 shooting from the field. He also had four rebounds, a steal and a block. On October 19, McMullin scored 14 points as the Flyers defeated the Methodist junior varsity team 100-64 in Fayetteville. McMullin shot 7-of-11 from the field. He also had six rebounds. On January 16, Sandhills hammered Hosanna Bible College 106-46. McMullen had 14 points, five rebounds and one assist. The Flyers have won eight in a row and are 20-3 overall. They are 3-0 in Region X of the NJCCA.

 

 

Alumni Update: Wilson announces return to N.C. State in 2023

Payton Wilson: In somewhat of a surprise, Wilson announced he would return to N.C. State for his senior season on Saturday. Last month, Wilson took part in graduation exercises with the Wolfpack and many figured he would declare for the NFL Draft after this season. On Friday, on what was one full day for N.C. State athletics, the Wolfpack lost to former Atlantic Division rival Maryland 16-12 at the Duke’s Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Wilson finished with ten tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss. N.C. State ended the year 8-5. This season, Wilson was tied for third on the team with 82 tackles. He had 12.5 tackles for loss, which was also third on the team. Wilson also had 4.5 sacks with one interception. Next season will be a senior. He started at N.C. State in 2019.

Trenton Gill: Gill’s rookie season with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League is winding down. On Sunday, the Detroit Lions defeated Chicago 41-10 at Ford Field. Gill had seven punts for an average of 45.9 yards. His longest punt was 56 yards. Three of them were downed inside the 20-yard line. On December 24, the Buffalo Bills pulled away from the Bears 35-13 at Solider Field. Gill had four punts for an average of 49.3 yards. His longest punt was 63 yards. One was downed inside the 20-yard line. The Bears are 3-12 and will face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to finish out the season.

Bryse Wilson: Last week, Wilson was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates after 18 months with the franchise. Wilson was removed from Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster. Within the next week, Wilson must either be traded or placed on waivers. Last season, Wilson went 3-9 with a 5.52 ERA in 25 appearances with the Pirates. Wilson, who recently became a father, was traded by the Atlanta Braves to Pittsburgh on July 30, 2021.

Connor Crabtree: The Richmond Spiders men’s basketball team lost to George Mason 62-58 in its Atlantic 10 opener on Saturday at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Crabtree played two minutes and had one steal. On December 28, Richmond routed Coppin State 83-65 at the Robins Center. Crabtree played four minutes and didn’t score. The Spiders are 7-7, 0-1 in the Atlantic 10.

Joey McMullin: The Sandhills Community College men’s basketball team opened 2023 with a 84-76 loss to Davidson-Davie Community College 84-76 on Sunday in Pinehurst. McMullin scored six points in 22 minutes. He also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Flyers fall to 12-3. They will play Hines Prep on Tuesday.

Braden Homsey: The Division III Ferrum College wrestling team placed sixth in the Citrus Invitational at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Thursday and Friday. Homsey finished 7th in the 197-pound tournament. He opened with a technical fall victory over Stephen Jennings of Castleton 16-0. In the quarterfinals, Nigel Williams of UNC Pembroke defeated Homsey 3-2. Homsey won his consolation match over R.J. Iban of Ozarks via tech fall 15-0. Haven Tartarek of Castleton defeated Homsey 6-5 in the consolation semifinal. In the seventh place match, Homsey defeated Garrett Steele of UNC Pembroke via medical forfeit.

 

Alumni Update: Campbell’s Thompson nominated for Robinson Award

Kenan Thompson: As his football career at Campbell has officially ended, former Orange High linebacker Kenan Thompson has been nominated for a series of end-of-year honors. Thompson is a finalist for the Doris Robinson Award, presented to an athlete in the Football Championship Subdivision who excels on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. It is named in honor of the wife of legendary Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson. Thompson was also named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team and the 2022 Academic All-District by College Sports Communicators. Currently, Thompson is pursuing his MBA. He is currently a graduate student at Campbell. In his final game with the Camels, Thompson had a tackle as Campbell defeated Delaware State 34-7 at Alumni Stadium in Dover, DL. Thompson ended the season with 25 tackles. He played in all eleven games for Campbell.

Payton Wilson: Wilson will play his final game for the #25 N.C. State Wolfpack in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on December 30 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Wolfpack will face Maryland. It will be the first matchup between the Wolfpack and the Terrapins since Maryland left the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014. Wilson made his final regular season game with N.C. State one to remember. On November 25, the Wolfpack stunned North Carolina 30-27 in double overtime at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Wilson led N.C. State with eleven tackles and one tackle for loss. Wilson also had two quarterback hits. Despite being down to its fourth-string quarterback at season’s end, N.C. State finished the regular season 8-4.

Trenton Gill: Gill continues his rookie season with the Chicago Bears of the NFL. On December 4, the Green Bay Packers held off the Bears 28-19 at Solider Field in Chicago. Gill had only one punt for 39 yards. On November 27, the New York Jets defeated Chicago 31-10 at MetLift Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Gill had five punts for an average of 48.8 yards. His longest punt was 61 yards. On November 20, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Bears 27-24 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Gill had four punts for an average of 40 yards per punt. One of them was downed inside the 20-yard line. His longest was 44 yards. Chicago is 3-10 and have lost six in a row.

Lottie Scully: Scully was named the American East Setter of the Week for the Binghamton volleyball team for the week of November 15. Scully, a freshman, had 33 assists, nine digs and two blocks in the Bearcats win over Bryant University. The win sewed up the Bearcats’ first-ever American East regular season championship. New Hampshire defeated Binghamton 3-0 in the American East Tournament championship game on scores of 30-28, 25-23 and 25-16. Scully missed that game, as well as the contest against St. John’s in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. Scully was named second-team All-American East Conference. Scully had 788 assists, a team-high. She also had 187 digs.

Emerson Talley: The season of the Division II Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against #3 Columbus State. The Cougars defeated the Bears 1-0 at Walden Soccer Complex in Columbus, GA. Talley came off the bench to play 29 minutes, but the Bears couldn’t repeat its 2021 success, when they reached the Final Four for the first time in school history. This season, Talley played in 14 games. She didn’t score in 332 minutes of action. The Bears ended the year 12-4-3, 9-0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference.

 

 

 

Alumni Update: Wilson plays final home game for Wolfpack against Boston College

Payton Wilson: In likely his final game at Carter-Finley Stadium, N.C. State linebacker had three tackles for loss against Boston College. For the day, Wilson finished with six tackles and one-half of a sack. The Eagles, who came into the game 2-7, stunned the #17 Wolfpack 21-20 with a touchdown with 14 seconds remaining. N.C. State will travel to face Louisville at Cardinals Stadium next Saturday in a matchup full of Hillsborough flavor. Louisville is coached by Hillsborough-native Scott Satterfield, who played quarterback and safety for Orange High. On November 5, N.C. State defeated Wake Forest 30-21. Wilson finished with seven tackles, including one for a loss. Wilson had one pass breakup. The Wolfpack is 7-3, 3-3 in the ACC.

Keshawn Thompson: The Campbell Fighting Camels football team lost its final home game of the season against Gardner-Webb 42-35 at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek on Saturday. Thompson, a graduate student at Campbell, had two tackles for the Camels. On November 5, Bryant University defeated Campbell 43-37 in Smithfield, RI. Thompson finished with four tackles. Campbell has lost four in a row and is 4-6, 2-3 in the Big South Conference.

Darius Satterfield: Elizabeth City State’s season ended on November 5 with a 54-8 loss to Chowan in Murfressboro. The Vikings end the season 2-8, 2-6 in the CIAA. Satterfield ended the season with 13 punts for an average of 35.5 yards. His longest punt for the season was 49 yards. One punt was downed inside the 20-yard line.

Braxton Mergenthal: On Sunday, the Division III Hampden-Sydney football team ended its season with a loss to #16 Randolph-Macon 38-17 at Lewis Everett Stadium in Hampden-Sydney, VA. Mergenthal played on special teams for Hampden-Sydney. On November 5, Shenandoah defeated Hampden-Sydney 23-7 at Shentel Stadium in Winchester, VA. Mergenthal had one tackle for the Tigers. Hampden-Sydney ends the season 5-5, 4-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Ivy Garner: The Liberty women’s soccer season came to a disappointing end in the championship game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Florida Gulf Coast defeated the Flames 4-3 in penalty kicks after the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation. Garner started at forward and played 55 minutes, firing two shots. On October 30, the Flames defeated Eastern Kentucky in the Atlantic Sun semifinals 3-1. Garner started and played 39 minutes, firing one shot. Liberty, the regular season champions of the Atlantic Sun, finish the year 14-3-4 overall, 8-0-2 in the Atlantic Sun. Next year, Liberty will move to Conference USA. Garner, a freshman, ended the season with three goals and five assists in 18 games.

Emerson Talley: The Division II Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team defeated Limestone 1-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament at Walden Soccer Complex in Columbus, GA. Talley, the all-time leading goal scorer in Cedar Ridge history, played eight minutes for the Bears. It was a measure of revenge for Lenoir-Rhyne. On November 4, Limestone defeated the Bears 2-1 in overtime of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinals in Charlotte. It was the first time all year that Lenoir-Rhyne lost to an opponent from the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears finished the regular season 9-0-2 in SAC regular season play. Talley also played eight minutes against Limestone in the SAC Tournament. Lenoir-Rhyne faces #3 Columbus State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Lottie Scully: The Binghamton volleyball team has clinched a share of the American East Conference regular season championship. On October 30, the Bearcats defeated Maryland-Baltimore County 3-2 in a five-set thriller at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore. Binghamton, who lost to the Terriers on October 7, captured the rematch 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13. Scully had 64 assists, three kills and four digs. On November 4, Binghamton defeated the New Jersey Institute of Technology 3-0 at West Gymnasium in Binghamton (25-17, 25-14 and 25-14). Scully finished with 35 assists, four digs, one kill and one assisted block. On November 6, the Bearcats defeated the University of Albany 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-18) at West Gym. Scully had 26 assists, three kills, one ace, one block, and four assisted blocks. Binghamton wraps up the regular season against Bryant University on Sunday afternoon in Smithfield, RI. If Binghamton wins, they will capture the American East regular season championship outright.

Braden Homsey: The Ferrum College wrestling team started its season in the Mount Union Invitational in Alliance, OH on November 5. Homsey finished 2nd in the 197-pound tournament. Homsey scored a technical fall win in the quarterfinals over Kaleb Gelter of Mount St. Joseph 17-2. In the semifinals, Homsey defeated Ethan Fragoso, his teammate at Ferrum, 12-1. In the championship match, Michael Sullivan of Brockport held off Homsey 10-6. The Ferrum wrestling team is back in action at the Cougar Open at Averett University in Danville, VA on Sunday.

Alumni Update: Guentensberger plays on homecoming for Appalachian State

Colin Guentensberger: On Homecoming for Appalachian State, former Orange High linebacker Colin Guentensberger played in his first-ever game for the Mountaineers. Appalachian defeated Robert Morris 42-3 at Kidd Brewer Stadium. It was a long road for Guentensberger to suit up for the Mountaineers and see the first game action of his career. He suffered a torn ACL last year and spent much of 2022 recovering. Guentensberger, a senior walk-on, had one tackle against the Colonials. In 2018, Guentensberger was the leading tackler for Orange and manned the middle linebackers corps along with Jett Statterfield, whose uncle is current Louisville coach and former Appalachian State and Orange High quarterback Scott Satterfield.

Payton Wilson: Wilson had possibly his best game of the season in #24 N.C. State’s come-from-behind win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Wilson finished with seven tackles, including two sacks as the Wolfpack rallied from a 21-3 deficit to defat the Hokies for the first time during the tenure of head coach Dave Doeren. Wilson had two-and-a-half tackles for loss. N.C. State, now ranked #21 by the Associated Press, will face Wake Forest at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on Saturday night.

Keyshawn Thompson: The Campbell Fighting Camels lost to North Carolina A&T 45-38 in Big South Conference action at Trust Field in Greensboro on Saturday. Thompson had one tackle for the Camels, who are now 4-4, 2-1 in the Big South. Campbell led 28-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Darius Satterfield: Elizabeth City State suffered a heartbreaking loss to Bowie State on Saturday at Roebuck Stadium in Elizabeth City. The Bulldogs’ Kwincy Hall returned a kickoff 88 yards with 52 seconds remaining for the game-winning touchdown. Satterfield was the placekicker for the Vikings. He scored three extra points. He also had five kickoffs, one for a touchback. Elizabeth City State is now 2-7, 2-5 in the CIAA.

Braxton Mergenthal: Division III Hampden-Sydney defeated Guilford College 28-21 on Homecoming for the Tigers. Mergenthal entered the game on defense for Hampden-Sydney, who are now 5-3. They’re 4-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Trenton Gill: For the first time in his NFL career, Gill played at AT&T Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. Punting under the infamous world’s largest big screen, Gill averaged 50.8 yards on four punts. He had a 62-yard punt and had one downed inside the 20-yard line. The Bears are 3-5.

Ivy Garner: The top-seeded Liberty women’s soccer team has advanced to the Atlantic Sun Tournament championship game. The Flames defeated Jacksonville 3-0 in the quarterfinals on Thursday at Osborne Stadium in Lynchburg, VA. Garner assisted on the game-winning goal scored by McKinley Burkett in the second minute. Garner played 46 minutes. In the semifinals on Sunday, Liberty defeated fifth-seeded Eastern Kentucky 3-1. Garner played 39 minutes and had one shot. Liberty now has a 12-game unbeaten streak, a program record. The Flames will face Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Kayla Hodges: Hodges soccer career has likely ended after Virginia Commonwealth was upset by St. Joseph’s in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament 1-0 at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, VA on Friday. Hodges didn’t play in the game. The Rams end the season 8-3-8. In her first season with the Rams, Hodges played eleven games with four starts. She had two shots.

Emerson Talley: The Division II Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team ended the regular season with a 4-1 win over #12 Catawba to claim the South Atlantic Conference regular season championship. Talley played six minutes against the Hawks. On Saturday, the Bears defeated Newberry 1-0 in the opening round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament at Moretz Sports Athletic Complex in Hickory. Lenoir-Rhyne will face Limestone in the semifinals on Friday afternoon.

Lottie Scully: The Binghamton volleyball team won a thriller over Maryland-Baltimore County 3-2 in Baltimore on Sunday. The Bearcats won on scores of 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-20 and 15-13. It ended the Retrievers 23-match winning streak against America East Conference opponents. Scully had a season-high 63 assists for the Bearcats. She also finished with three kills, one block and four digs. Binghamton is 14-7 overall, 5-2 in the America East Conference. They will face the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday night.

Aaliyah Harris: The former Orange High point guard made her unofficial debut for the Division III women’s basketball team over the weekend in an exhibition game. Randolph-Macon was selected to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference last week.

Orange Panther of the Week: Nate Sorrells Defensive Player of the Week: Jabari Albright

This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is junior running back Nate Sorrells. In addition, the Orange Defensive Player of the Week is senior Linebacker Jabari Albright. On Monday night, Sorrells rushed for a career-high 202 yards as the Panthers defeated Cedar Ridge 50-0 at Auman Stadium to retain the Victory Bell. In addition, Sorrells threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to Wynston Brown for the Panthers first home win of the season. Albright had two rushing touchdowns for the Panthers and rushed for a career-high 87 yards. In September, Sorrells rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Granville Central. Albright managed to bounce back from an ankle injury early in the season and was among the leading tacklers on the team this season. He played his final game for Orange against Eastern Alamance on Friday night. Sorrells didn’t even have football as his first sport. He started as a soccer player, hut moved over to the gridiron, where he’s been a steady presence on Orange’s offense for the past two years. Sorrells will start preparation for the 2023 season on Monday. 

Sorrells’ 201 yards, Brown’s 84-yard TD leads Orange past Cedar Ridge on Senior night

There’s been plenty of changes to Orange football over the past year, but the Victory Bell will stay exactly where it’s been.

In a rivalry game postponed twice over the past month for weather-related reasons, the Panthers used a huge all-around game from junior running back Nate Sorrells to defeat Cedar Ridge 50-0 at Auman Stadium on Monday night.

The Panthers (2-7, 1-4 in the Central Carolina Conference) won its first home game of the season on Senior Night, where ten players won their final game at Auman Stadium. Among them was senior linebacker Jabari Albright, who earned time at running back in the second half and rushed for a career-high 92 yards and a touchdown.

The first varsity football game between the two crosstown rivals proved to be another frustrating night for the Red Wolves (1-8, 0-5), who gave the Panthers a tough junior varsity game last season when that was the only football team Cedar Ridge fielded. On Monday, the Red Wolves were held to 88 yard total offense and four first downs.

With the win, Orange retained the victory bell, awarded to the winner of the rivalry game which started 20 years ago when Cedar Ridge opened.

It was a night of firsts for Orange. Albright scored his first varsity touchdown, but it was senior safety DeAndre Jones who broke the game open. With nine seconds remaining in the first quarter, Cedar Ridge was in the midst of its best drive of the game when Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. Sorrells run on the 2-point conversion put the Panthers ahead 14-0.

After Orange’s defense opened the contest with a 3-and-out against the Red Wolves’ offense, Orange opened with a 8-play, 43-yard drive where Sorrells had runs of eight, seven and 19 yards. On 3rd-and-goal, freshman Jaylen Starks notched his first touchdown of the season for the opening score.

Early in the second quarter, Sorrells jump started a drive with a 16-yard gain on first down, followed by an 11-yard pass from Nunnery to senior Shaun Beasley to cross midfield. After Nunnery flipped a tap pass to senior A’mare Morgan for a 19-yard pickup around right end, Sorrells scored his first touchdown with a three-yard run.

On the next Orange drive, Sorrells found senior Wynston Brown on a halfback option for an 84-yard touchdown pass, the longest play from scrimmage for the Panthers this season. To end the first half, Orange defensive back Xandrell Pinnix picked off a pass, his first interception of the season.

Orange opened the second half with Sorrells scoring on a 62-yard run, just moments after he had a 18-yard carry on the first play from scrimmage in the half.

In the fourth quarter, Morgan recovered a fumble in Red Wolf real estate. That set up Albright’s first touchdown run of five yards, his first touchdown of his varsity career.

On its final drive, Albright broke free and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run. DeAndre Brown added the two-point conversion for the final points of the night.

Cedar Ridge entered the game just three days after playing Walter Williams in Hillsborough on its senior night. Junior running back Tyler Fields had 58 yards rushing to lead the Red Wolves offense. The Red Wolves, who defeated East Chapel Hill in August, will face the Wildcats again at Dave Thaden Stadium on Friday night to close the season.

Orange, who had last Friday off, will travel to Eastern Alamance on Friday night to conclude the season. The Eagles have already clinched the CCC Championship after beating Northwood last Friday.

ORANGE 50, CEDAR RIDGE 0

CR–0 0 0 0-0

OR–14 14 6 16-50

ORANGE: Jaylen Starks 4 run (pass failed)

ORANGE: DeAndre Jones 75 interception return (Nate Sorrells run)

ORANGE: Nate Sorrells 3 run (run failed)

ORANGE: Wynston Brown 84 pass from Sorrells (Sorrells run)

ORANGE: Sorrells 62 run (run failed)

ORANGE: Jabari Albright 15 run (DeAndre Brown run)

ORANGE: Albright 35 run (D. Brown run)

RUSHING: CEDAR RIDGE 32-59: (Tyler Fields 14-58, Tom Crawford 7-25, James Este Wittinger 4-15, Rayshawn Page 1-(-5), Mason Cates 2-(-8), Keyshawn Mangum 2-(-12), team 2-(-14))

ORANGE: 26-311 4 TD (Sorrells (13-201 2 TD, Albright 4-92 2 TD, D. Brown 5-20, Starks 1-4 TD, W. Brown 1-2, Ty Walker 1-(-2), Hank Nunnery 1-(-6).

PASSING: CEDAR RIDGE (Crawford 2-8 27 yds 2 INT)

ORANGE: 6-12 156 yds TD (Nunnery 5-9 69 yds, Sorrells 1-1 84 yds TD, Walker 0-2)

RECEIVING: CEDAR RIDGE (Mangum 2-27)

ORANGE: (W.Brown 2-86 TD, A’mare Morgan 2-22, Crawford Farmer 1-37, Shaun Beasley 1-11)

Orange’s Jabari Albright, A’mare Morgan, Wynston Brown & Nate Sorrells discuss win on Senior night

The Orange football team grabbed its first home win of the season and retained the victory bell in the process. The Panthers defeated Cedar Ridge 50-0 for its first Central Carolina Conference win of the season. On a night where ten seniors were honored, junior Nate Sorrells led the Panthers with a career-high 201 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Sorrells broke the game open with his arm off a 84-yard touchdown pass to senior Wynston Brown, who scored on the longest play of his career. Linebacker Jabari Albright got some touches in the second half as a running back and had a career-high 92 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Senior A’mare Morgan made several vital defensive plays to help the Panthers with its second shutout of the season. Orange has defeated Cedar Ridge nine straight times and helped coach Devantae’ Pettiford earn his second career win. Orange will wrap up its season on Friday night with a trip to defending CCC Champion, Eastern Alamance.