Well not really, but we are about to make it personal. Not many people took notice as two of the predominantly minority high schools in eastern North Carolna were about to face off in round one of the North Carolina High School Playoffs last night.
The game was filled with all of the hype. Southern Durham has been on a terror as of late dropping nearly 120 points combined on their last two opponents as E.E. Smith limped into the playoffs with a few disappointing losses.
Both teams were lead by former NCCU Eagles. Duran McLauren leads the Golden Bulls, and Adrian AJ Jones leads the Southern Spartans. The rivalry between these two goes back, way back. From the first day they walked on NCCU's campus, they were adversaries. Anything from video games to basketball, there was always a rivalry between these two.
AJ boasts himself as a superior athlete but Duran claims to be a student of every game. On the basketball court it could get interesting as these two would have a clash of styles and the games would get so personal that they would go hours in the day in the courtyard of Chidley Hall.
Battles between these two would get so personal that when Duran was playing quarterback and AJ was at cornerback, Duran would intentionally throw the ball to whomever AJ was guarding in practice jyst to have bragging rights. So let's just say the aniticipation of last night's matchup was immense.
It only made sense that this battle take place on the campus where it all began.
AJ's team was favored as they were the most talented. Does that sound familiar. Duran has taken a pretty talented team and used his canny knowledge of the game and turned his team into contenders quicker than expected.
I am not sure if it was the week off before the playoffs but AJ's team didn't have the fire that he has when he is compeiting.
E.E. Smith won the battle and Duran takes the lead in the first of many more epic battles since graduation.