Smithfield-Selma rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to break a 40-game losing streak with a 22-21 victory over rival South Johnston.
Its hard to put into words how proud of these young men I am, said SSS coach David Lawhon. Its a great feeling and a great step hopefully for the program.
South Johnston, needing a win to clinch the Two Rivers 3A No. 3 berth into the playoffs, led 21-0 at the half, but SSS came back.
SSS quarterback Chris Samuels tossed a 33-yard scoring pass on a fourth and 16 play with 1:29 for the final margin.
I saw my man in the corner of the end zone so I tossed it up and he made a play, Saumels said. It was tough down 21-0 but we had to pull through.
South Johnston drove deep in SSS territory in the closing seconds, but missed a field.
Cary 28, Athens Drive 23: Cary running back Trevion Hackney carried 23 times for 183 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Imps to a 28-23 win over Athens Drive at the Jaguars field. Hackney scored on runs of 77, 14, 16 and 8 yards. The 8-yarder gave the Imps a 28-17 lead with 9:59 left in the game.
Dominique Lynch led the Jaguars with 24 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 19 and 43 yards.
Both teams finished with 4-7 overall records and 2-5 marks in the SWAC.
Holly Springs 40, Apex 28: Holly Springs sophomore Tray Staten scored four touchdowns to help lead the Hawks to the win over Apex in a Southwest Wake regular-season finale. The Hawks (6-5, 5-2) held off a spirited Apex comeback.
Holly Springs led 27-7 at halftime but the Cougars scored three times after intermission and trailed by just six points with 1:44 left in the game. Isaiah Totten scored twice for Apex and rushed for 114 yards.
Holly Springs posted its second winning season and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Im very proud of how resilient these kids are, said Holly Springs head coach Will Orbin. We were so close last season, and to make it this year says a lot about how hard they worked.
No. 4 Hillside 55, Person 7: Durham Hillside finished an unblemished season in the PAC Six 4A and grabbed its No. 1 playoff berth with the easy victory.
No. 14 Cardinal Gibbons 55, No. 11 Northwood 14: Shawn Stankavage passed for seven touchdowns and ran for another as the Crusaders claimed third place behind Southern Durham and Orange in the Big Eight 3A.
Stankavage completed 29 of 38 passes for 450 yards. Chris Gorman had 11 catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Dante DiMaggio had 104 receiving yards.
No. 12 Cleveland 35, Western Harnett 16: Cleveland (8-3, 5-0 in Two Rivers 3A) rolled into the playoffs with a victory over Western (4-6, 2-3). The Rams advance as the No. 1 seed from the league.
No. 13 Wake Forest 45, Enloe 13: Wake Forest tuned up for the playoffs with the Cap Eight 4A win over Enloe.
No. 15 Triton 41, Corinth Holders 14: Triton (9-2, 4-1) claimed the No. 2 seed from the Two Rivers 3A with the victory over the Pirates (7-4, 2-3).
Rocky Mount Academy 48, St. Davids 46: Rocky Mount Academy, the No. 2 seed in the NCISAA eight-man football playoffs, held off an upset bid by St. Davids to advance to next weeks championship game. Melvin Briggs ran for 112 yards and Reef Ivey added 99.
Rocky Mount Academy will play top-seeded Southampton Academy, a 46-0 winner over Kinston Parrott, in the title game in Rocky Mount.
Heritage 56, Broughton 33: Heritage (6-5, 3-4) improved its resume with the Cap Eight win. Broughton (1-10, 1-6) moved the ball as it as has most of the season, but couldnt stop the Huskies.
Chapel Hill 30, Cedar Ridge 28: The Tigers and Cedar Ridge went back and forth all night with Chapel Hill (4-7, 3-4) hanging on for the Big Eight 3A win over the Wolves (2-8, 2-4). Cedar Ridge sophomore Peyton Pappas threw three touchdowns, but Logan Tisch sacked Pappas in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter to give Chapel Hill a 23-21 lead. The Tigers held on for a 30-28 win that kept their playoff hopes alive.
East Chapel Hill 14, Jordan 7: East Chapel Hill (3-8, 2-3) took a defensive PAC-Six 4A win over the Falcons (1-10, 0-5).
Harrells Christian 48, Wake Christian 28: Harrells advances to the second round of the N.C. Independent Schools Division II playoffs.
Bunn 51, Warren County 14: Tevin Ferrell rushed for 160 of Bunns 300 yards in the Northern Carolina 2A win.
Riverside 41, Northern Durham 9: Riverside (8-3, 4-1) grabbed the No. 2 seed from the PAC-Six 4A with the easy victory over Northern (3-8, 3-2). Joel Evans ran for 273 yards in the win.
Princeton 56, Rosewood 19: Princeton ran past rival Rosewood as Johnny Frasier rushed for 233 yards and scored five touchdowns.
South Granville 47, Roanoke Rapids 7: Sean Bowman rushed for 190 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Northern Carolina victory.