Panther Creek running back Dorrel McClain ran 24 times for 217 yards and one touchdown on a 45-yard scamper to lead the Catamounts to a 51-14 win over Apex at Panther Creek.
McClain’s night pushed him over 1,000 yards for the season.
Quarterback Brenden Magner completed 17 of 29 passes for 187 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Alec Slusser caught two TD passes and Javontay Rhoades and Elijah Fairfax one each.
Philip Stone kicked the first of his three field goals from 39 yards for a 3-0 lead in what was only a 17-7 lead at halftime. His other field goals were 39 and 28 yards.
Clayton 35, East Wake 26: The Comets relied on the strength of their bruising rushing attack and also used two Blake Joyner interceptions to hold off a late East Wake rally and take a big step toward gaining a postseason berth.
The Comets’ Jace Brown, Eric Hoy and Rodney Rowe combined for 329 yards, but in the end, it was Joyner’s interceptions, including one late in the fourth quarter that proved to be just enough to out-duel the Warriors’ Trent Evans and his 312 yards of total offense.
“We have a lot to play for,” Clayton coach Randy Pinkowski said, referring to the Comets’ push for a top-three finish and berth in the playoffs. “I told the kids that they’re promised 10 more days right now. But every time you notch a ‘W’ you get the opportunity to play another week.”
Fuquay-Varina 24, Cary 14: The Bengals (5-4, 2-3) relied on their running game and defense to take a Southwest Wake win over the Imps (3-6, 1-4).
Wakefield 55, Broughton 35: Broughton matched touchdowns with Wakefield (8-1, 4-1) for much of the game, but the Wolverines maintained its scoring until the end. Wakefield is tied with Leesville Road and Millbrook for the Cap Eight 4A lead.
Wakefield’s Evan Brabrand passed for 254 yards and the Caps’ Patrick Kearney threw for 360, completing 35 of 56 attempts.
Orange 56, Webb 7: Orange, 9-0 and No. 4 in the N&O, had absolutely no problem handling Oxford Webb in a Big Eight 3A game. Orange will be at home next week for a Big Eight 3A showdown with Cardinal Gibbons.
Patrick Pettiford gained all of his game-high 142 yards in the first half, and quarterback Garrett Cloer threw three touchdown passes in the first half, helping the Panthers take a 42-0 lead after two quarters.
“Pat Pettiford made that good run right at the start of the game, and I think everybody got inspired,” Orange coach Pat Moser said. “Our defense has always been there, but I think our offense showed back up tonight.”
Southern Durham 68, Cedar Ridge 10: Jordan Brown ran for three touchdowns and Kendal Hinton passed to Derrick Mason for two touchdowns in the Big Eight 3A win.
South Granville 28, Bunn: The Vikings claimed the key Northern Carolina 2A showdown as Sean Bowman rushed for 175 yards. Bunn’s Tevin Ferrell had 147.
J ordan-Matthews 28, Carrboro 7: The Siler City Jordan-Matthews Jets zipped past Carrboro, which played for the 2A title in 2012 and was ranked before losing standout runner Trai Sharp to an injury.
East Chapel Hill 42, Person 35: East Chapel Hill (2-7, 1-2) played its best game of the season in claiming the PAC-Six 4A victory.
Sanderson 51, Enloe 0: The Spartans (5-4, 3-2) posted their first shutout of the season in a win over Enloe (0-9, 0-5).
Northwood 51, Northern Vance 17: Northwood (7-2, 3-2), known for its passing game, rushed for 311 yards in the Big Eight 3A victory. Northern Vance is 0-8, 0-5.
Louisburg 43, Granville Central 34: Warriors take key Tar Roanoke win.
St. David’s 47, Northeast Academy 6: Melvin Briggs rushed for 132 yards in the eight-man football victory.
Triton 48, Smithfield-Selma 14: The Hawks built a three-touchdown lead in the first half, and the Two Rivers 3A game was never seriously in doubt for Triton as Smithfield-Selma continues to try for its first win of the season.
West Johnston 41, Southeast Raleigh 7: West Johnston’s defense, impressive early in the season, turned in a stellar performance for its first Greater Neuse win of the season.
Western Harnett 29, South Johnston 22: Western Harnett (4-5, 2-1) rallied in the second half to take the Two Rivers 3A win.
Charlotte Christian 50, Ravenscroft 28: Undefeated Charlotte Christian took the independent game victory. The Ravens’ Jamie Herakovich passed for 278 yards in the loss.
Wake Christian 24, North Raleigh Christian 10: Quarterback Beau Barger led the Bulldogs to the independent game victory.