Notes from last weekend’s N.C. High School Athletics Association state championship game include the observation that Southern’s players knew they were playing for more than just a title.
They also represented Durham, and did it well.
“Winning this says a lot about our city,” Southern head coach Adrian Jones said. “Durham has a great group of kids. We’ve got some talent, all over our town. Tonight we represented Durham, and we did it the right way.”
Most valuable: The NCHSAA awards a Most Valuable Player plaque at each state championship game, but also bestows an offensive and defensive award for each finalist.
Southern wide receiver Maurice Trowell was named the Spartans’ Most Outstanding Player on offense. He caught eight passes for two touchdowns and 198 yards, not counting the two-point conversion pass he caught for the game’s last points.
Linebacker Dominique Mims was Southern’s Most Outstanding Player on defense, making four solo tackles and assisting on 10 others. Safety Joshua Manns also had a big game for Southern, making three solo tackles and assisting on 12.
Jalin Moore was Crest’s offensive MOP for his 183 yards and two touchdowns rushing, while Omar Brooks was Crest’s defensive MOP.
The ring: Mims has a plaque from Saturday’s game, but there’s something else he’d like — a ring like the one worn by coach Adrian Jones, who played on N.C. Central’s last CIAA championship teams. “Before the season, I saw Coach Jones’s ring, and I said ‘I’d like to get one like.’ And he said ‘You’re going to win one … this year.’”
Up front: Quarterback Kendall Hinton was named the Most Valuable Player of Saturday’s 3AA championship game, and he had the numbers to justify the award: 332 yards and four touchdown throws on 17-of-25 passing, without an interception. But he knows Saturday’s win was a team effort.
“Our offensive line, wide receivers, the defensive line — all of them made big plays,” Hinton said, standing amid his celebrating teammates. “Our offensive line — they’re amazing. They’re the reason I have the stats I have.”