It was a night of romps, invoking for the mercy rule and delays caused by storms on Friday night.
Wake Forest, the No. 2 team in the N&O rankings, defeated Cary 48-0 and Middle Creek, No. 4, beat Smithfield-Selma 49-7 in games that were stopped at the half.
Ending games early is an option allowed under N.C. High School Athletic Association mercy rules that are being used this year for the first time. In both cases, weather was a factor in not continuing into the second half.
Garner, No. 6, took care of Broughton 63-13. The Trojans also had a 49-0 lead with two quarters left.
Princeton, unranked and undefeated, allowed North Edgecombe to cross midfield twice in the first half and won 43-14 after leading 43-0 at the half.
Garner 63, Broughton 13: Nyheim Hines ran for 235 yards and four touchdowns on only eight carries.The senior broke away for a 56-yard score on the Trojans' first offensive play, later adding runs of 59, 24 and 66.
Garner (2-1) got two return touchdowns, one a 10-yard blocked punt from Raekwan Britton and another a two-yard fumble scoop-and-score by Juwan Manley.
The highlight for the Caps (1-2), who trailed 49-0 at halftime, was a 90-yard kickoff return from Devone Jackson.
Corinth Holders 44, North Johnston 6: The Pirates raced past their Johnston County rivals.
Middle Creek 49, SSS 7: Middle Creek jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead before a tipped pass led to a 90 yard interception return for a touchdown by Smithfield-Selma made the score 14-7. The Mustangs scored five straight touchdowns to make the score 49-7 at halftime. The game would be called at the half, taking Middle Creek to a 3-0 record and SSS to 1-2.
Brant Grisel threw four touchdown passes. Two touchdown runs from Elijah Perry and one from Stuart Fine added to the total. The stingy Middle Creek defense held the Spartans to only 18 yards on the night while the offense racked up 408 yards in the half of play.
Wake Forest 48, Cary 0: Bryce Love piled up 159 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 touches.
Mack Moore tossed three touchdown passes as the Cougars rolled to 3-0. Jesse Britt, Shyheem Mitchell and Jamal Sweet all found the end zone for Wake Forest while the Cougar defense limited Cary (0-3) to just 31 yards of total offense.
Green Hope 41, Jordan 21: Green Hope kept their undefeated season going with a home victory tonight against the visiting Durham Jordan.
Green Hope, powered by the running game of senior running back Owen Waldron (6 carries, 53 yards, TD) and the passing game of senior quarterback Luke Massei (7 for 13, 234 yards passing), to earn a 41-21 win in front of the home standing crowd.
For Durham Jordan, junior running back Chris Francis powered the Falcon running game with 21 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Green Hope improves to 3-0 on the season, while Jordan drops to 0-3.
Cedar Ridge 42, East Chapel Hill 16: Cedar Ridge played a good game in two quarters and got a 42-16 victory against 4A East Chapel Hill in a game shortened to one half by stormy weather.
"It was a crazy week, with a holiday and a practice rained out," first-year Cedar Ridge coach Clay Jones said after collecting his second win. "For us to come out here and get a win with not such a great week of preparation, that's pretty good.”
Peyton Pappas threw two touchdown passes on Cedar Ridge's first two possessions and ran in another himself with 20 seconds left in the second quarter.
Cedar Ridge's Julius Walton led all rushers in the first half with 76 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries.
Orange 45, Riverside 12: The Panthers climbed to 3-0 and celebrated the return of running back Tay Jones, who had missed the first two games. Jones scored two touchdowns, including a 58-yarder.
“We’re getting better,” said Orange coach Pat Moster. “We’ve made some adjustments the last couple of weeks and [I think] we’re starting to come together as a good team. We played much better this week than we played last week.”
Wakefield 20, Northern Durham 14: Northern Durham, which had not scored in its first two games, threw a scare into Wakefield. Time expired after Northern drove to the Wakefield one.
Chapel Hill 41, Carrboro 19: Undefeated Chapel Hill pulled away from previously unbeaten Carrboro.
Cleveland 55, West Johnston 48: Cleveland likes scoring a lot of points on its home field. The only issue so far is that it’s taken every one of them to win.
Cleveland topped West Johnston 55-48, rallying for the win and scoring the game’s final 14 points after leading by as many as 14 in the first half.
Rams’ senior quarterback/safety Aaron Farmer intercepted three Wildcat passes in the second half, ran for four touchdowns on offense and threw another. It was his work in the option running game that made the difference down the stretch for the Rams.
Cleveland’s Corey Brown ran for 235 yards on 37 carries and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 3:37 to play.
West Johnston went up 48-41 when Tyrone Jones pulled in a perfectly thrown ball from West backup quarterback Andre Wilson with 8:18 to play. Wilson came on for Wildcat standout Cameron Williams after Williams suffered a leg injury in the first half.
Cleveland (2-1) beat Clayton 56-53 in its home opener two weeks ago. It was West Johnston’s first loss in three outings this season.
Wilson threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Jones had 156 yards receiving on four catches.
Hillside 47, Gray Collegiate 7: Hillside, now 1-2, had a good ride home from South Carolina.
Overhills 47, Western Harnett 7: Western, which topped Harnett Central last week, couldn’t make it two straight wins.
High Point Christian 44, Wake Christian 26: Wake Christian closed to within 30-26 with 8:42 left when Adam Jones returned a fumble 68 yards for a touchdown. High Point Christina scored the nxt two touchdowns.
Greensboro Dudley 48, Person 0: Dudley tuned up for its game next week with Durham Hillside.
Mike Potter, Jay Mumford, Alex Bass, Tim Candon, Michael Held, Christian Worstell, David Maney II, Matt Purdy and W.E. Warnock contributed to this story.