Last Friday’s results
Dudley 34, Hillside 13: The Hornets (1-2) fell in Greensboro to the 4-0 Panthers. Running behind 6-6, 348 Isaiah Little much of the night, Dudley’s Connell Young rushed for more than 100 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Young had almost 100 receiving, too. Dudley’s Jayden Maynor returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score.
Abdul Adams led Hillside with a 39-yard TD run.
Heritage 52, Jordan 7: Heritage (2-2) overcame a sloppy start and 7-3 first quarter deficit to roll the Falcons (0-4). Jordan led 7-3 early after Sincere Parker caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ben Miller, but Heritage’s powerful running game got into gear after that and produced four straight rushing touchdowns on two runs apiece by George Kotee and Haki Bradley.
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Bradley ended up with 101 yards on 14 rushes to lead Heritage to 222 yards on the ground. Jordan ends up with 141 total yards, 62 of them rushing. Heritage’s Gunnar Holmberg competed 17 of 26 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns – all three of which came after Heritage took a 24-7 lead at halftime.
Millbrook 21, Northern Durham 12: The Wildcats (3-1) held off the Knights (0-4) thanks to some explosive plays. Reid Herring completed an 87-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Bowman, and Larry Rountree had a 72-yard touchdown run to lead Wakefield’s offense. Northern’s on-field nonconference losing skid hit 18 games.
Riverside 19, Cedar Ridge 13: After blowing a 13-0 lead, the Pirates got back in front with running back Kaligah Murrell’s 47-yard touchdown run with 4:04 left. The Pirates’ win against the 3A Red Wolves (2-2) meant Riverside (2-2) matches Cardinal Gibbons for the best record of any PAC-6 team.
Wakefield 27, Southern 26: The Spartans (2-2) led repeatedly – 6-0 on Jordon Brown’s first touchdown and 12-7 after a 19-yard pass from Jalen Greene to Marcus McDonald. A 47-yard Brown run gave Southern an 18-17 lead, and Green’s 9-yard toss to Jordan Mackins made it 26-17 in the third quarter. But Wakefield (2-1) stymied the Spartans when they advanced to the Wolverines’ 16-yard line with 3 minutes, 3 seconds remaining. And three missed conversion attempts proved costly.
The Spartans’ loss was their second by a single point in a road game. Southern fell 22-21 at Fayetteville E.E. Smith in Week 1 of the high school football season.
Three who mattered
Jordon Brown, Southern: scored the Spartan’s first and last TDs at Wakefield. He finished with 28 carries for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he rushed for 91 yards in the third quarter alone.
Kaligah Murrell, Riverside: His 122 yards and 2 TDs on just 11 carries provided the needed spark for the Pirates.
Domineke McNeil, Northern: ran 22 times for 144 yards and a TD, and caught 4 passes for 53 yards.
Halifax County (Va.) at Hillside – The Comets (2-2) are looking for a second win against an NCHSAA team.
Holly Springs at Jordan – The Huskies (2-2) are averaging 31.3 points a game, more than the Falcons’ total of 25 points in four games.
Southern at Northern – Last year’s 28-0 win by Southern was a rare blowout in this series.
Wakefield at Riverside – It’ll be fascinating to see what the Pirates have learned from watching tape of Southern going against this Cap-8 opponent.
Kestrel Heights at Rocky Mt. Prep – The Hawks are 3-0 for the first time in their short history. RM Prep (1-1) represents their first road test.