Holly Springs, which lost its first three games, broke loose Friday night to take a 43-12 nonconference win at Durham Jordan.
The Hawks (1-3) took control early and never were seriously challenged by Jordan (1-3).
Holly Springs gained 451 total yards.
Tray Staten led the Hawks for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Kelvin Wilson needed only three carries for 147 yards and one touchdown. He scored on an 86-yard TD run and caught one 23-yard TD pass from Will Forrestal for 170 total yards.
South Johnston falls: Antonio Burden and Marquise Whitted rushed for two touchdowns each, leading Fayetteville Cape Fear to a 33-7 victory over South Johnston.
The win improved the Colts, members of the Mid-South 4-A, to 3-2 on the season. South Johnston, a member of the Two Rivers 3A, fell to 1-4 after its fourth loss to a 4A school this season.
South Johnston quarterback Garrett Smith, who completed his first nine passing attempts, was 16 for 21 for 195 yards. He also ran for his team’s only score.
Two big mistakes took the Trojans out of contention, as Cape Fear recovered its own kickoff at the South 4 after going up 14-0, and later recovered a bad punt snap in the end zone.
Hillside stunned: Durham Hillside, which was No. 1 in the N&O rankings two weeks ago, dropped its second straight game, losing to Charlotte Country Day 25-21. The Hornets lost to Greensboro Dudley last week.
Hinton leads Southern: Kendall Hinton passed for 282 yards and four touchdowns in a 39-27 Southern Durham victory over rival Northern Durham.
Cleveland rebounds: Cleveland (3-2) rebounded from a lopsided loss to 4A Green Hope last week with a solid 37-0 win against Southern Wayne (2-3), which had been averaging 25 points.
Bunn downs Louisburg: Bunn (2-3) used 28 second-half points to break open a close game en route to securing a 35-13 home victory against rival Louisburg (2-2).
Bunn scored on its first offensive snap of the game as Tevin Ferrell went 62 yards off the right side to give the Wildcats the early lead. Louisburg responded on its next series by going 80 yards for the equalizer – a 15-yard TD pass from Caleb Allen to Amyl Smith.
Neither team would score again until Ferrell struck with a 40-yard touchdown burst on the second play of the third period. After a Louisburg punt, Bunn took charge when freshman quarterback Quenten Wright delivered a 15-yard scoring pass to Naquan Davis.
Triton rallies: Erwin Triton (5-0 and No. 8 in the N&O rankings), got a 90-yard scoring punt return from Juwan Thompson to nip Gray’s Creek 27-21.
Fike blanks SSS: Wilson Fike (5-0) shut down the Smithfield-Selma (0-5) offense in a 38-0 win. The loss was the first time SSS has been shut out this season.
Ravens breeze: Ravenscroft built a six-touchdown lead in the first half of an eventual 57-8 win over Pine Lake Prep.
WCA break string: Wake Christian Academy (2-3) broke a three-game losing streak with a 42-26 win over Hobbton.
Word of God tumbles: Raleigh Word of God (0-4), a state eight-man football power the past three years, lost to Rocky Mount Academy 57-6.
Princeton outscores Union: Princeton won a racehorse of game behind the running of Johnny Frazier, nipping Roseboro Union 42-41. The Bulldogs scored the winner with 1:52 left in the game.
Corinth Holders wins: Corinth Holders (4-1) defeated Pikeville Aycock (3-2) 26-21.
Webb beats Pasquotank: Oxford Webb defeated Pasquotank 30-13 in a non-conference game.
Geoff Neville, Tom Shanahan and Mike Potter contributed to this story.