West Johnston pulled off one comeback against East Wake Friday night, but couldn’t complete the second one, falling 30-24 in a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference football battle.
West trailed 14-0 early only to pull ahead 17-14 in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter,
The Warriors (3-5, 2-1 Greater Neuse River 4A) led 23-17 when running back Damontay Rhem fumbled and the Wildcats recovered on the East Wake 16 at the start of the final period. West (2-5, 0-3) returned the favor a few plays later, however, giving East Wake possession on its 4-yard-line and nixing a chance at what could have been a decisive score.
After forcing the Warriors to punt out of their own end zone, West fumbled again with 8 minutes to play. The Warriors covered 68 yards – the final 26 on a keeper by Warriors quarterback Trent Evans – to set up a 30-17 lead.
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West Johnston cut the deficit to 6 points with just over 2 minutes left on a 14-yard pass from Cameron Williams to Xavier Carter. After recovering the Wildcats’ onside kick, East Wake called on Evans to put the game away. He responded by leading his team as far as the West 5 and draining the clock along the way.
Garner 62, Harnett Central 6: Garner scored touchdowns on its first four plays from scrimmage and got another big scoring night from standout junior Nyheim Hines in an easy win over Harnett Central.
Hines scored five TDs on the night for Garner (7-2 overall, 3-1 Greater Neuse River 4A) which meets league-leading Knightdale next Friday.a
Knightdale 42, Southeast Raleigh 14: The Brothers Johnson and Nate Harvey were just too much Friday night for Southeast Raleigh.
Quarterback Marquavious Johnson rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns and Harvey rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown as No. 4 Knightdale celebrated homecoming with a 42-14 romp over the Bulldogs.
Marquavious’ brother Marcell Johnson added two touchdowns, scoring from 2 yards in the first quarter and returning an interception 19 yards in the second.
Knightdale (7-1, 4-0) established outright possession of first place in the Greater Neuse River 4A, while Southeast fell to 3-4 and 2-1.
“We prepared for what they do,” Knightdale coach Rob Senseney said. “We knew they’d be big and physical up front. We challenged our kids, and they played great football.
“We’ve got Garner next week, and to be on top you’ve got to beat the king. It is what it is. They’ve got to beat us, and we’ve got to win. It’s set up like a championship fight.”