Leesville Road’s Malcolm Hitchcock, making his first varsity start at quarterback, rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Pride over visiting Broughton 42-14 Friday night in Cap-8 conference play.
Leesville (4-2, 1-1) used a steady diet of rushes and Hitchcock made the most of it with 231 yards on the ground. The senior, who replaced injured Braxton Berrios at quarterback, only threw three passes but connected on them all, including a 33-yard score to Nate Duell. The touchdown pass put the game out of reach late in the third with the Pride leading 35-7.
Leesville led 14-7 at half thanks to big scoring plays of 77 yards by Mike Dehaney and 58 yards by Hitchcock.
Leesville opened the second half with 21 unanswered points. Hitchcock had rushing scores of 60 and 32 yards, followed by his touchdown pass to Duell.
Broughton (0-6, 0-2) was led by quarterback Patrick Kearney’s 201 passing yards. Kearney also ran for one touchdown and passed for another, but the Pride picked off Kearney three times and forced a fumble recovered by Leesville’s Brock Pyper, who also had one of the interceptions.
Apex snaps losing streak: Apex snapped its four-game losing streak with a 31-21 Southwest Wake 4A win over Fuquay-Varina.
The Cougars were poised to break open the game when they marched 71 yards in five plays to start the second half. Ian Boyd’s 15-yard touchdown run gave the Cougars a 21-7 lead.
But the Bengals responded and tied the game at 21 by the end of the third quarter. Damarus Williams scored on a 20-yard run with 4:58 left. Then, after Daniel Niekens recovered an Apex fumble, Williams scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game with 3:11 to go in the quarter.
But Apex regained the lead on the ensuing drive. After punter Brandon Cox completed a pass on a fake punt to keep the drive alive, Rondell James scored on a 3-yard run for a 28-21 lead. Kicker Ben Foote converted a 37-yard field goal to put the game away with 4:47 to go.
Both teams relied heavily on the run to move the ball. The Cougars ran 45 times for 262 yards, while the Bengals ran 42 times for 264 yards. Isaiah Totten led Apex with 99 yards, while Fuquay’s Williams had a game-high 129.
Holly Springs wins third straight: Holly Springs rolled up 637 total yards en route to their third straight win as the Golden Hawks defeated Athens Drive 48-12 in a Southwest Wake 4A game.
Holly Springs is 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the league. Athens Drive dropped to 3-4 and 1-2.
The Golden Hawks spread the yardage among its players. Trey Staten carried 21 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Kelvin Wilson ran 16 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Kornegay caught five balls for 166 yards and one touchdown.
Athens Drive’s Scott Baird and Otumas Payemanu caught touchdown passes from Brandon Farley.
Orange rips Vikings: Orange (6-0, No. 2 in the N&O poll) built a six-touchdown lead in the first half and ripped 0-6 Northern Vance 56-0. Orange has four shutouts and has given up only 35 points in six games.
Vikings upend East Wake: A week after scoring 54 points in a win over Garner, East Wake (2-4) was upset by South Granville 45-33 in a non-conference game. South Granville (5-1) also lost its opener to Rocky Mount.
Wakefield rallies: Wakefield (No. 3 in the N&O poll) rallied in the second half to defeat Enloe 39-21 in a Cap Eight game. The undefeated Wolverines trailed Enloe (0-6) 21-20, but ran away with the victory.
Gibbons tops Webb: Gibbons quarterback Shawn Stankavage passed for 110 yards in the first half as the 5-1 Crusaders claimed a 46-21 Big Eight 3A victory over Oxford Webb (2-4). Gibbons is at home next week for a big league game against Southern Durham.
Northwood passes Wolves: Northwood’s air attack continued to pay dividends as the Chargers bombed Cedar Ridge, 79-28. Ti Pinnix passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns.
Southeast Raleigh tops Harnett Central: Southeast Raleigh (3-2) had no trouble in handing Harnett Central (1-5) a 38-14 Greater Neuse 4A defeat.
Carrboro falls: Carrboro defeated Randleman last year in the playoffs, but Randleman rolled to a 41-26 victory on Friday.
It was Carrboro’s third game without standout running back Trai Sharp, who went down against Northwood with a knee injury and is expected to sit out the rest of the season. And it didn’t help that Marlin Johnson, who scored Carrboro’s three first-half touchdowns and hauled in 131 receiving yards, did not return for the second half after appearing to tweak his ankle late in the second quarter.
Tim Candon, Tom Shanahan and Keith Cramer contributed to this story.