The Hornets defeated Northern Durham for the ninth straight time to take sole possession of first place in the PAC Six 4A.
Hillside quarterback Nas Forte-Ferguson threw for two touchdowns, and freshman running back Jamal Currie-Elliott, who was brought up from junior varsity two weeks ago, rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns – all in the first half.
The Hornets (5-4, 3-0) led 34-7 at halftime before the Knights (2-7, 2-1) made a brief rally in the third quarter with two quick touchdowns to pull to 34-21. But Hillside answered with 21 straight points.
On second down, McKay ran to the left side of the field and into the end zone from nine yards out for the opening overtime score. Broughton’s Stephen Chambers’ fourth-and-5 run was stopped in the backfield by two Wolverine defenders to seal the victory.
After a Charlie Morris 23-yard field goal with 11:19 left in the game, Wakefield led 37-16. Josh Roberts scored on a two-yard run to cut the deficit to 14 points. After a defensive stand, Broughton got the ball back, and behind a ground attack featuring Chambers and Dominic Ford, the Caps cut the deficit to a touchdown following Ford’s one-yard rushing score.
On second down at the Wakefield 27 yard line, Ford escaped a defender near the left sideline and lobbed a throw to Patrick Link to tie the game.
Sophomore running back Rico Jenkins, playing his second game, scored on an eight-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 104 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats’ Tony Mack rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns to help move West Johnston into a tie with the Bulldogs in third place in the Greater Neuse Conference.
The win overshadowed a pair of great performances for the Bulldogs as Dylan Parham threw for 282 yards and three scores and Jaquell Taylor haued in 13 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
Orange scored on its first five possessions. Garrett Cloer threw hit Eryk Brandon-Dean with a 9-yard scoring strike on Orange’s first possession and later found Drew Lemaster for a 46-yard touchdown pass that ended the scoring with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Cloer ran in two more touchdowns, his 1-yard plunge early in the third quarter staring a running clock after Orange took a 42-0 lead.
Fuquay-Varina had a chance to put the game away for good, but turned the ball over on downs from inside the ten yard line in the fourth quarter.
McDougle’s touchdown capped a four-play 23-yard drive set up by C.J. Turner’s interception of a Tyler Wade pass at the Spartans’ 40-yard with three minutes to play, returning it to the Hawks’ 23.
Mistakes, which have haunted the Spartans over recent years, came to their aid as two Triton touchdowns were called back due to penalties.
The Spartans also forced three turnovers by the Hawks, including a fumble at the Spartans’ two yard line and two interceptions, including Turner’s which set up the game-winning drive.
Bonitta Best, Cale Colosimo, Jay Mumford and Michael Held contributed to this report.