Top-ranked Durham Hillside could never get its offense in gear in a 24-7 road loss to Greensboro Dudley.
The Panthers held Hillside without a first down in the first half and the Hornets barely avoided their first shutout since Southern Durham claimed a 14-0 win in 2007.
Emanuel Moses had three touchdowns for Dudley.
Wake Forest impresses: Wake Forest claimed in impressive 33-23 road victory over Wilmington Hoggard in a non-conference football game.
Bryce Love ran 52 yards for the Cougars second touchdown and a 14-0 lead and Wake Forest kept grinding.
“We moved the ball pretty well at times, but Hoggard is a very impressive team,” said Wake Forest coach Reggie Lucas. “We also played very well defensive. I know we gave up some scores, but this was an outstanding win for us.
“To travel this far and play a team as good as Hoggard and come out with a win is very special.”
Millbrook defense shines: Millbrook (3-1) got its fourth outstanding defensive effort of the season as the Wildcat defenders helped Northern (0-4) without a score in a 41-2 victory. Millbrook has a two-game winning streak and is open next week.
The Wildcats open Cap Eight 4A play on Sept. 27 at home against Enloe.
Gibbons beats Caps: Two early turnovers helped Cardinal Gibbons build a three touchdown lead, but the Cruaders had to rally to take a 35-28 win over Broughton.
Gibbons, led by quarterback Shawn Stankavage, took advantage of the Broughton turnovers to build a 21-0 lead early in the second period and pushed the lead to 27-0. Stankavage completed 22 of 36 passes for 434 yards, and three touchdowns. He rushed for 91 yards and a score.
But Broughton (0-4) roared back with four straight touchdowns to take a 28-27 lead before Stankavage hit Earl Gill (245 receiving yards) for the winning score.
The game ended with Broughton driving into Crusader territory.
Scotland pounds Southern: Scotland County racked up 507 yards of total offense in a 53-31victory over Southern Durham.
In the first half, Scotland quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe threw for a touchdown, ran for another and rushed for 170 yards. Running back Jordan Brown also went over the 100-yard mark with 143.
“We played a good team, and we can’t make mistakes against someone of that caliber,” Southern coach Adrian Jones said. “Our defense only stopped them one time and that was on a fumble. That is unacceptable.”
Clayton pounds SSS: Smithfield-Selma never gave up and made its 37-23 loss to Johnston County rival Clayton interesting.
Clayton seemed to have the game well in hand with a 30-3 lead, but SSS (0-4) moved the ball late against the Comets (4-0 and No. 8 in the N&O rankings).
The Spartans rallied in the second half and closed to within the final two-touchdown spread on a Chris Samuels touchdown pass to Robert Hicks late in the fourth quarter but Clayton sealed the game by recovering the ensuing onside kick.
Heritage holds on: What looked like a comfortable victory for Heritage turned into an interesting 41-35 victory over East Wake
The Huskies led by as much as 34-7 before East Wake made a furious fourth quarter comeback.
Heritage had 322 yards of offense, 183 yards rushing and 139 yards passing. East Wake ended up with 505 yards of offense, 155 yards rushing and 350 yards passing.
Orange handles Graham: Orange, 4-0 and No. 5 in the N&O, had little trouble in taking a 35-0 victory over Graham (0-3).
Sanderson wins second: Sanderson won its second straight game as it defeated Holly Springs 27-16 in a non-conference game.
Corinth Holders wins: The Corinth Holders defense proved its mettle two weeks ago in a narrow loss to ranked Clayton and its defense ruled again in a 21-10 win over Bunn (1-3). Corinth Holders is now 3-1.
Elliott Lindley scored the clinching touchdown from two yards out with 1:38. The Pirates got their other two touchdowns on a 32-yard pass from Cole Sakowski to Hampton Smith and Darius Grandberry’s two-yard run.
Bunn got a 24-yard scoring run from Tevin Perry and a 27-yard field goal from Freeman Jones.
Southern Alamance rallies: In a night of big plays, none were bigger than Tyler Atwater's 31-yard interception return in the fourth quarter for a touchdown, highlighting a 23-point fourth quarter for Southern Alamance in a 45-28, come-from-behind win at East Chapel Hill.
Southern Alamance's Jonathan Lloyd threw touchdown passes of 30 yards to Atwater and 24 yards to Tylin McAdams, and he ran in one himself from 7 yards out for the Patriots' last TD of the game for a 43-28 lead with 4:06 left to play.
Triton comes back: Undefeated Triton (No. 11 in the N&O) built a solid early lead, but had to come back to defeat Southern Lee 37-21.
WCA falls: Wake Christian lost to Spring Creek, 24-20.
Parrott downs Word of God: Kinston Parrott got rollling in a 78-28 eight-man victory over Word of God.
Latin tops Ravens: Latin’s Daniel Jones completed 18 of 34 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-35 non-conference NCISAA 3A game Thursday night. Ravenscroft’s Jamie Herakovich passed for 207 yards in the loss.