Cameron Williams ran for three touchdowns and threw for another score as West Johnston defeated county rival South Johnston, 40-20.
Williams ran for scores of 72, 27 and 7 yards as the Wildcats built a 21-0 first-half lead to start their season 2-0 for the second year in a row. South Johnson’s Eric Bowles tallied two rushing scores and quarterback DeParis Patterson threw for 209 yards in the loss.
Middle Creek converted after recovering a fumble and added an interception return for a score.
Northern tried three quarterbacks against the powerful Orange’s defensive front, but none made a difference. The Panthers made six sacks and held Northern to four first downs.
The Knights’ Atavion Oliver blocked two punts, both of which set up Northern for drives in the Orange red zone. Yet each ended with three-and-outs.
“We’ve got some quick backs, and we have some big linemen,” Wildcats coach David Howle said. “They all did a great job. Our backs were able to do it because of our linemen.”
North (0-2) had 87 yards on the ground and 98 yards in total offense.
A Viking penalty on a fourth down in (0-2) South Granville territory breathed life into a fourth-quarter Tiger drive and led to an 8-yard touchdown run by Ricki McDowell that iced the win.
The Tigers held South Granville to 143 yards of total offense, all but 4 coming on the ground.
Stough sparked Chapel Hill’s offense with his 13-for-19 passing for 173 yards without an interception.
East Chapel Hill’s Amier Austin had 184 yards on 23 carries.
Carrboro received several big plays from lineman Theodore Bilden. On two plays in the second half, Wildcats quarterback Brater Gerber dropped back and was quickly under pressure, and both times tried to get rid of the ball quickly. Bilden was right there for two interceptions.
The Red Reds (2-0) trailed 14-0 less than 6 minutes in before clawing back – a quest that began when Taylor found Dillon Sykora on a 16-yard, fourth-down scoring pass with 3:08 remaining in the first quarter.
But FHS didn’t move ahead until Taylor threw across his body to Yush Smith in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown with 2:48 left in the third quarter.
Franklinton tacked on two late scores.
Heritage’s defense was solid, its offensive line gave quarterback Blake Walters plenty of time and running back Matt Baker several holes.
The special teams also forced a safety when an errant snap squirted into the end zone making Rams quarterback Carnaji Andrews kick the ball through the back of the end zone. The safety gave the Huskies a 16-0 second-quarter lead.
“We really wanted to be able to control the game, and I felt like we did,” Heritage coach Jason McGeorge said.
Heritage’s offense scored early and often pushing to a 30-0 halftime lead.
“We wanted to start strong and stay strong. I wanted our defense to come out at halftime and keep that mentality. So I’m very pleased. You don’t get shutouts very often,” McGeorge said.
Walters led the Huskies going 9-for-11 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Mathew Baker added two touchdowns and 60 yards rushing, before both players were lifted at halftime.