The undefeated Orange Panthers were nearly the fifth No. 1 team in the News & Observer rankings to lose. A 55-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Cloer to Ky-Jzir Muller as time expired provided Orange with a 6-0 victory against Big Eight 3A Conference rival Chapel Hill.
The Panthers (8-0, 4-0) had been averaging 44.4 points per game entering their contest with the Tigers (3-5, 2-2).
Facing fourth down at Orange’s 45-yard line with 2.7 seconds left in the game, Muller was able to create just enough separation down the middle of the field to catch the ball inside the Tiger 20, break away from the defender, and run toward the left corner of the end zone.
Wake Forest 37, Heritage 7: The No. 3 Cougars (7-1, 3-1 Cap Eight 4A) rebounded strongly against the No. 13 Huskies (5-3, 2-2) after suffering the first loss of the season last week.
Panther Creek 34, Fuquay-Varina 16: The No. 8 Catamounts (6-2, 3-1 Southwest Wake 4A) shut out the Bengals (4-4, 1-3) in the second half.
South Johnston 31, Corinth Holders 28 (2OT): In the game’s second overtime, South Johnston’s Garrett Smith scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to seal the Trojans (2-6, 1-1 Two Rivers 3A) upset victory against the No. 14 Pirates (6-2, 1-1).
Leesville Road 57, Enloe 27: The No. 15 Pride (6-2, 3-1) have won three straight after dispatching the Eagles (0-8, 0-4) in a Cap Eight 4A conference game.
Garner 62, Harnett Central 6: Garner (7-2, 3-1 Greater Neuse 4A) and Nyheim Hines, who had five touchdowns, had no trouble with Harnett Central (1-7, 0-4) in a matchup of two teams with Trojans as the mascot. Garner scored all of its 62 points in the first half.
East Wake 30, West Johnston 24: The Warriors (3-5, 2-1) kept the Wildcats (2-6, 0-3) winless in Greater Neuse River 4A Conference play.
Northern Durham 42, East Chapel Hill 6: The Knights (2-6, 2-0) had two runners with more than 100 yards – Alphonso Gbojueh (116) and Deshon Holmes (110) – and one more with two touchdowns en route to their second straight win and rolling past the Wildcats (1-7, 0-2). Northern had 382 yards on just 17 carries.
Person 29, Jordan 19: The Rockets (3-5, 1-1 PAC-6 4A) kept the Falcons (1-7, 0-2) on their seven-game losing streak.
Cardinal Gibbons 42, Northern Vance 7: The Crusaders (6-2, 3-1 Big Eight 3A) had little trouble with the Vikings (0-8, 0-4), jumping out to a 35-0 first-half lead.
Cedar Ridge 24, J.F. Webb 17: The Red Wolves (1-7, 1-3 Big Eight 3A) picked up their first win of the year thanks to two passing touchdowns by Peyton Pappas (14-of-17, 143 yards) and a touchdown run by Julius Walton (95 rushing yards) against the Warriors (2-6, 0-4).
Western Harnett 47, Smithfield-Selma 14: The Eagles (3-5, 1-1 Two Rivers 3A) got five rushing touchdowns from Gartrell Barnes to extend the Spartans’ (0-8, 0-2) losing streak to 38.
Southern Vance 22, South Granville 14: After scoring 67 points last week, the No. 11 Vikings (6-2, 1-1) were stunned by the Southern Vance Raiders (3-5, 1-1) in a Northern Carolina 2A Conference game.
Southern Lee 57, Union Pines 21: The Cavaliers (2-6, 1-2) broke through a six-game losing streak to dump the Vikings (4-5, 1-3).
Graham 30, Jordan-Matthews 15: The Jets (2-6, 0-2) beat the Red Devils (3-5, 2-0) in a Mid-State 2A Conference game.
South Stanly 30, Chatham Central 12: The Bears (1-7, 0-5 Yadkin Valley 1A) scored their first points since Sept. 6 in a loss.
Bunn 28, Roanoke Rapids 13: Tommy Evans ran for two scores and caught a touchdown pass in the Wildcats’ (5-3, 2-0 Northern Carolina 2A) win.
Ravenscroft 65, North Raleigh Christian 12: The Ravens (5-4, 2-1) poured it on in beating the rival Knights (3-6, 0-2), outscoring NRCA 28-0 in the second half. Quarterback Jamie Herakovich had four rushing touchdowns and two passing.
St. David’s 47, Lawrence Academy 6: In eight-man football, St. David’s (3-5) got a huge game from Melvin Briggs, who had four carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns, plus a 60-yard fumble return for score, to easily get past Lawrence Academy (0-8).
Staff writers Aaron Moody and W.E. Warnock and correspondents Michael Held, Dave Malenick and Cale Colosimo contributed to this report.