Northern Guilford High School's football team claimed the 3AA state championship for the second year in a row on Friday night, despite the fact that it's only the school's fourth year of playing a full varsity schedule.
"We are definitely defending state champions. We defended it, so now we get to carry it for another year," Northern Head Coach Johnny Roscoe said.
In the 31-7 victory, the Nighthawks played a championship rematch this year against Crest High School at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Northern won their first state championship against Crest in 2010.
"We thought it was going to be a closer game because their defense is pretty good so we just knew that we had to try and get on the edge and run," said T.J. Logan, who rushed the ball for 204 yards.
Northern Guilford's achievements are impressive considering that they now own two state titles, yet 2011 marks only the fourth year the school has played a full varsity football schedule.
"I was truly an honor. It was one of our goals to get a repeat. We set that out in the preseason and it's a dream come true to accomplish it," said Daniel Downing, who rushed the ball for 126 yards.
During the regular season, Northern lost just one game to Page High School in August.