Cedar Ridge

Cedar Ridge sophomore running back Isaiah McCambry is engulfed by East Chapel Hill High School defenders during Friday night's 33-12 loss in Chapel Hill. McCambry carried the ball 28 times for 115 yards and added two touchdowns in the losing effort.

On a chilly Homecoming night at East Chapel Hill High School, the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves experienced a humbling loss following the squad’s first win of the 2019 season a week before. Despite another 100-yard rushing performance by sophomore running back Isaiah McCambry, the Red Wolves were pounced on by the Wildcats in a defeat that saw a 20-0 halftime deficit.

A less than filled Wildcat house welcomed Cedar Ridge after East Chapel Hill suffered a defeat the week before to Northwood High School.  Meanwhile, the Red Wolves were coming off an exhilarating 20-19 home victory over Chapel Hill High School.

The Wildcats have not had the best of seasons and talk from the stands was that the team throughout the day was pumped up by their classmates and teachers. Coming into the game, East Chapel Hill had yet to win a game all season.

The hype apparently paid off. East Chapel Hill secured its first win of the 2019 season, one that improved the team’s record in the Big-8 Conference to 1-3. The Wildcats pulled out the stops on their opponent and earned a victory, making it a pleasant Homecoming night at East Chapel Hill.

The game began with the usual assortment of tumbles and incomplete passes as both teams tried to establish dominance on the field. The Red Wolves were able to push back the Wildcats and keep them on their heels during the first quarter, and the period ended with a 7-0 lead for East Chapel Hill.  The second quarter was a sure telling sign that the direction of the game was in the Wildcats favor. The Wildcats were able to score their second touchdown of the game, and added 13 points in the quarter en route to a formidable 20-0 halftime lead.

With only one speaker on, it was difficult at times to hear the announcer as the enthusiastic fans cheered this sudden change of the wind for their beloved Wildcats. With the homecoming spirit in the air, East Chapel Hill showed a strong determination to outdo its opponent.  Although the Red Wolves looked to gain some momentum in the second quarter, the Wildcats were able to hold their opponent scoreless.

The second half saw the Red Wolves cut into the deficit. After the Wildcats managed to score a touchdown in the third quarter, McCambry delivered the Red Wolves two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but another East Chapel Hill touchdown cemented the final score at 33-12.

For Red Wolves kicker Vaughan Lanier, the loss to East Chapel Hill was a setback that will cause the Cedar Ridge squad to regroup moving forward after an encouraging win over Chapel Hill High School the week before.

“Well, I think we gave them some unnecessary points and I think that was a very big part of it and we will have to continue to practice more and continue to play better,” Lanier said.

The Red Wolves will attempt to regroup this Friday when they head to Southern Durham High School for an away game at 7 p.m.