Vikings outmatched by Southern Durham

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 01:17 AM

Southern Durham was what Northern Vance head coach Eric Watkins thought it would be.

The Spartans walloped Northern 62-6 Friday at Viking Stadium in the 3-A Big Eight Conference opener for both teams.

“Southern Durham is Southern Durham,” said Watkins. “So athletic.”

Southern Durham (3-2), which played in the 4-A PAC-6 Conference last season, scored on its first series of the game and built a 28-0 first-quarter lead, taking a 42-6 advantage into halftime.

Northern dropped to 0-5 on the season and visits unbeaten Orange next week.

“I think we’ll grow in the first half of this conference and be strong in the second half,” said Watkins.

Watkins did see some positives for Northern Friday.

The Vikings’ touchdown came on a kickoff return from Michael Spinner.

Watkins was pleased with the way his offensive line played including left tackle Toby Bradsher, who was filling in for Dontavius Richards.

“He stepped up and did an excellent job,” said Watkins.

Missed tackles were a problem for Northern’s inexperienced group, matched up against an athletically superior Spartan squad.

“They have great athletes and they’re strong,” said Watkins. “They do what they’re supposed to. We have to get in the weight room. I told the kids this is the level of football we have to get to.”

Watkins said Southern Durham junior quarterback Kendall Hinton and N.C. State recruit Maurice Trowell played as advertised.

“He’s a tremendous athlete,” Watkins said of Hinton. “He can run or pass. He’s got a strong arm to be a junior in high school. And that receiver is everything they say he is. They’re a strong team.”

The Spartans also returned two kicks for touchdowns.

Southern Durham’s two losses came to 4-A opponents Durham Hillside and unbeaten Scotland County. The Spartans host Chapel Hill Oct. 4.

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