No. 1 Middle Creek 42, No. 18 Fuquay-Varina 14: The Mustangs (8-0, 5-0 Southwest Wake 4A) blew by the Bengals (6-3, 4-2), scoring 42 straight points after Fuquay took a 7-0 lead. Dominique Shoffner (17-of-22, 246 yards passing) ran for two of the scores and passed for four. Fuquay’s Brycen Braswell and Chris Canada ran for TD scores.
No 2. Wake Forest 26, No. 5 Heritage 13: The Cougars (8-0, 4-0 Cap-8 4A) were tested for the first time this year as the Huskies (7-1, 3-1) trailed just 12-7 in the game’s last five minutes. But a 57-yard touchdown run by Devon Lawrence (22 carries, 196 yards) and a 47-yard run by Marquis Dunn (88 yards, 11 carries) sealed the win. Heritage’s Gunnar Holmberg was 23-of-33 passing for 169 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Scotland County 20, No. 3 Pinecrest 13: The Patriots (7-1, 1-1 Southeastern 4A) saw a 13-7 halftime lead disappear in a loss to the No. 1-ranked team in 4A, according to The AP. Scotland (8-0, 2-0) got 157 rushing yards from Zamir White, the nation’s top-ranked running back. Malyke Justice had 93 yards rushing and one touchdown for Pinecrest.
No. 4 Garner 50, No. 17 Clayton 0: The Trojans (7-1, 4-0 Greater Neuse 4A) crushed the Comets (6-2, 3-1) on Thursday. Collin Eaddy ran for 138 yards and had three total touchdowns as Garner turned a 12-0 lead into a 35-point lead over a three-plus minute stretch of the second quarter. It is Garner’s third straight shutout and its second of the Comets (6-2, 3-1) in the past five years. (The first came in 2012.)
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No. 6 Orange 42, Cedar Ridge 3: The Panthers (9-0, 4-0 Big 8 3A) got three touchdowns from Payton Wilson as Orange exploded for 29 points in the second quarter to defeat the crosstown-rival Red Wolves (4-4, 1-2). Leading only 6-3 at the end of the first quarter in front of a packed house, Wilson returned an interception 46 yards on the first play from scrimmage in the second quarter to start a frame full of big plays.
Running back Marvante Beasley, who rushed for 171 yards on 13 carries, scored on a 75-yard run around left end with 9:04 remaining in the first half. On the next Orange drive, quarterback Jackson Schmid threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Cody Evans, and finished the half with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Wilson with :18 remaining in the first half.
No. 7 Hillside 34, Riverside 7: Running back Jamal Currie-Elliott rushed for 139 yards and had 62 receiving to keep Hillside (7-1, 4-0 PAC-6 4A) in first place. Currie-Elliott, who rushed for more yards than the entire Riverside (2-6, 0-3) team, ran for TDs of 29 and 85 yards and caught a TD pass for 62 yards. Hillside’s defense caused four Riverside turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions).
No. 8 Rocky Mount (6-1): Game postponed to Oct. 25.
No. 9 Southern Nash (7-0): Game postponed to Oct. 25
No. 10 West Johnston (7-0): Idle.
No. 11 Lee County (7-0): Game postponed to Monday.
No. 12 Cardinal Gibbons 54, Jordan 13: The Crusaders (7-1, 2-1 PAC-6 4A) jumped out to a 27-6 halftime lead and had too much offensive firepower for the Falcons (1-7, 1-3) to handle. Gibbons quarterback Anton Stoneking had 234 yards passing, with three touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Running back Sincere Parker stood out for the Falcons with 72 rushing yards on 11 carries.
No. 13 Millbrook 30, No. 14 Wakefield 28: The Wildcats (6-2, 3-1 Cap-8 4A) got 94 yards and two touchdowns from running back Larry Rountree III and backfield mate Chris Twitty had 103 yards and one touchdown to lead Millbrook by the Wolverines (5-3). In the loss, Matt McKay rushed for 97 yards and a score and threw for 265 yards and two scores.
No. 15 Sanderson 61, Broughton 14: Justin Dunn passed for 266 yards and four touchdowns to lead visiting Sanderson (6-2, 2-2 Cap-8 4A) to the easy victory over Broughton (2-6, 0-4). Dunn completed 10 of 15 passes as the Spartans led 41-7 at halftime. Trent Pennix had a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs for Sanderson. Broughton’s Tyair Smith had a 90-yard kickoff return for TD.
No. 16 Bunn 28, Roanoke Rapids 17: The Wildcats (7-1, 2-0 Northern Carolina 2A) delivered 14 unanswered points in the second half to rally past previously unbeaten Roanoke Rapids in front of an overflow crowd at Roanoke Rapids’ Hoyle Field. Senior D.J. Jones, a transfer who starred for the Yellow Jackets as a sophomore, ran for 163 yards and two TDS for Bunn. Roanoke Rapids (7-1, 1-1) backup quarterback Jack Neville, pressed into service after an injury on the first play of the game, completed nine passes for 103 yards, with Marcus Allen collecting seven of the grabs.
No. 19 Southern Lee (6-1): Game postponed to Tuesday.
Northern Durham 17, No. 20. Person 16: The Knights (4-5, 3-1 PAC-6 4A) topped the Rockets (6-2, 2-1) with a 40-yard field goal with less than a minute to play by Hunter Malsch. It’s a huge win for Northern as it tries to make the postseason as a wild card (there are no automatic bids for second-place teams).
No. 21 Northern Nash (5-2): Game postponed to Oct. 25.
No. 22 Cleveland 70, South Johnston 54: The Rams (5-3, 2-0 Two Rivers 3A) won a shootout against the Trojans (3-5, 1-1).
No. 23 J.H. Rose (4-3): Game postponed TBA.
No. 24 Wake Christian (7-0): Idle.
No. 25 D.H. Conley (4-3): Game postponed TBA.
Eligible counties: Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Pitt, Vance, Warren, Wake, Wayne, Wilson.