Top-ranked Garner handled what is expected to be one of its most difficult regular-season assignments and No. 2-ranked Leesville Road was an impressive winner in its opener, but both fall one spot in The News & Observer high school football rankings.
Durham Hillside, No. 3 in the preseason, pushed its way to the top with a 27-24 overtime victory at New Bern, the 2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state champion and the favorite to repeat until falling to the Hornets.
Ian Burris Jr. booted the game-winning 25-yard field goal in overtime. New Bern had possession first in the extra period, but fumbled.
Hillside receiver Trevion Thompson had seven catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns and runner Dontae Thomas-Williams ran 32 times for 110 yards.
New Berns Mike Hughes rushed for 172 yards and passed for 160 yards in the loss.
There was a temptation to move Leesville Road past Garner into the No. 2 spot. Leesville defeated Durham Jordan 62-21 despite Pride standout Braxton Berrios playing only the second half.
But Garner likely would have been as impressive against Jordan and Garner and hung on to win 21-16 against Middle Creek, which is No. 4 in the rankings.
|1. Durham Hillside||3||1-0-0|
|3. Leesville Road||2||1-0-0|
|4. Middle Creek||4||0-1-0|
|5. Wake Forest||5||1-0-0|
|7. Cardinal Gibbons||6||1-0-0|
|8. Southern Durham||9||0-0-0|
|11. Green Hope||11||0-1-0|
|12. Erwin Triton||12||1-0-0|
|15. Holly Springs||15||0-1-0|