Run-oriented Fuquay-Varina ended a two-game losing streak despite not having a 100-yard rusher in its 14-12 Southwest Wake 4A win over Green Hope.
Fuquay quarterback Tyler Williams and running back Tyler MacBride split the two touchdowns.
Williams carried the ball 14 times for 58 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 3:36 left in the third quarter on a 4-yard run. MacBride had four carries for 71 yards, but one was a 59-yarder down the right sideline for a 7-6 halftime lead.
Green Hope (4-4, 1-3 SWAC) scored first on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Luke Massei to Demetrius Massenburg, but the Falcons settled for a 6-0 lead after a bad snap on the extra-point attempt.
After Green Hope scored its second touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Massei to Elijah Murrane early in the fourth quarter, the two-point conversion pass to tie the game failed.
Athens rallies: Athens Drive tailback Dominique Lynch ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining to secure a wild 27-23 win over Apex.
“Coach told me just get the first down,” said Lynch, who ran 29 times for 177 yards, caught three passes for 51 yards and had three touchdowns. “I wanted to score. I just wanted to end the game.”
SER handles East Wake: Southeast Raleigh won its second straight game as it knocked off East Wake 31-28 in a Great Neuse 4A game. East Wake drove to the Southeast 40 in the closing minutes but was stopped.
East Wake’s Trent Evans ran for 124 yards and threw for 177 yards.
Orange rolls: Orange (7-0 and No. 2 in the N&O) continued to dominate its opponents as it blasted Big Eight 3A Cedar Ridge 59-7. The Panthers entered the game with a 36-point scoring differential and added to it. The Panthers have allowed only 43 points this season.
Northwood runs past Webb: Pittsboro Northwood (6-1 and No. 12) averages more than 300 yards passing, but Kadarus Rone rushed for 149 yards, leading the Chargers to a 33-21 victory over Oxford Webb. Ti Pinnix added 138 yards passing. Webb is 2-4.
Hillside rolls: No. 7 Hillside beat Durham Jordan 43-0 in a PAC 6 matchup.
Millbrook keeps pace: Millbrook kept pace in the Cap Eight 4A with a victory over Broughton. The Wildcats (5-2 and No. 8 in the N&O) are tied with Wake Forest, Leesville Road and Heritage behind undefeated Wakefield.
Ravenscroft tops WCA: Ravenscroft (4-4) took easy control and never relinquished it in a 50-22 victory over Wake Christian. Jamie Herakovich passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two other scores.
Cleveland beats SSS: Cleveland built a three-touchdown lead on its first three possessions and rolled to a 42-0 Greater Neuse 4A win over Smithfield-Selma.
Issac Martin rushed for two scores in the first quarter and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Heritage handles Enloe: Heritage (5-2 and No. 15) powered past Enloe (0-7) for a 39-12 Cap Eight 4A win. Blake Walters passed for 147 yards and Abdul Sesay scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
Knights take Central: Knightdale (6-1 and No. 5) overpowered Harnett Central 40-7 in a Greater Neuse 4A matchup. Central falls to 1-6.
Princeton offense clicks: Princeton’s offense clicked in a 5-0 victory over Hobbton.
Northern wins in OT: Micah Sessoms intercepted a Person pass in overtime to help give Northern Durham a 21-14 victory over Person. The regulation game ended in a 14-14 tie and Northern went first in overtime.
After the Knights’ Zaaqhai Mann scored, Sessoms intercepted to give Northern (1-6) the PAC-Six victory over the Rockets (2-5).
Chapel Hill holds on: Chapel Hill seemed in control for much of the game, but had to hold on to take a 28-24 victory over Northern Vance, which scored three touchdowns and three 2-point conversions in the game’s final 3:22.
Triton beats Central: Erwin Triton (6-1 and No. 10) easily handled South Johnston 63-21 in a Tar River 3A game. South is 1-6.
Corinth cruises: Corinth Holders (6-1 and No. 14) had little trouble in topping Western Harnett 37-7.
Tom Shanahan contributed to this story.