No. 15 Bunn 9, No. 25 South Granville 3: Bunn (8-1, 3-0 Northern Carolina 2A) took over sole possession of the first place with a low-scoring home victory over the Vikings (7-2, 2-1). Bunn senior running back D.J. Jones rushed for 185 yards and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, with his biggest carry coming on the lone touchdown of the game – a 47-yard burst in the third period. South Granville reached the red zone three times.
No. 20 Cleveland 56, Smithfield-Selma 7: Bryson Williams scored three touchdowns and Tyson Dew two as Cleveland (6-3, 3-0 Two Rivers 3A) won its fourth straight. SSS (0-9, 0-3), which has not beaten the Rams in four tries, dropped its 22nd straight game. Caiden Norman completed 10 of 13 passes for 195 yards and a score for the Rams. Ziggy Durogene scored a late touchdown for SSS.
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Corinth Holders 48, Western Harnett 7: The Pirates (2-7, 2-1 Two Rivers 3A) ran past the Eagles (2-7, 1-2) thanks to three different ball carriers all eclipsing the 100-yard mark. Corinth Holders rushed for 424 yards on 47 carries. Mike Darden ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns, Johnavan Neal had 129 yards and one score and Jimmy Ferrell added 123 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.
No. 24 D.H. Conley 42, Eastern Wayne 0: The Vikings (6-3, 2-1 Eastern Carolina 4A/3A) got a surprising shutout victory against the Warriors (3-4, 1-2). Conley was giving up 39 points per game entering the contest. Quarterback Holton Ahlers was 23 of 34 passing for 284 yards and three touchdowns while adding 75 yards and two scores on the ground.
No. 3 Garner 57, Knightdale 0: The Trojans (8-1, 5-0 Greater Neuse River 4A) cruised by the Knights (1-8, 1-4). Garner was led by Collin Eaddy’s two touchdowns as well as special teams, which had two blocked punts that were recovered in the end zone. The Trojans have won six in a row, including four straight shutouts.
Green Hope 39, Cary 14: Blake Watson scored four touchdowns, including an 85-yard kickoff return to open the game, and caught 9 passes for 184 yards. The Falcons (5-4, 4-2 Southwest Wake 4A) were also led by Jake Walker’s three touchdown passes. Caleb Groegler accounted for both Cary touchdowns, one on a pass to Keith McCoy, as the Imps (1-8, 1-5) honored stadium namesake Paul Cooper Sr. prior to the game.
Riverside 13, Jordan 7: Sysco Whitaker caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Cole Infinito with 16 seconds left as Riverside defeated Jordan. Trailing 7-0, the Pirates tied the game on a seven-yard touchdown catch by Jeffrey Gunter in the third quarter. Jordan’s lone score came on an 80-yard run by Sincere Parker on the first play of the second half.
No. 1 Middle Creek 42, Apex Friendship 0: Quarterback Dominique Shoffner threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Mustangs (9-0, 6-0 Southwest Wake 4A) dominated the Patriots (1-7, 0-6). Middle Creek’s defense held Friendship to 24 total yards (and minus-2 in the first half), returned a fumble for one score and blocked a punt for another.
Northern Durham 42, East Chapel Hill 0: Northern senior running back Jaylan Burton rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Knights (5-5, 4-1 PAC-6 4A) by East Chapel Hill (1-8, 0-4). Northern’s defense held the Wildcats to 130 total offensive yards.
No. 4 Orange 42, Chapel Hill 0: Orange quarterback Jackson Schmid threw three touchdowns in the first quarter while the Panther defense held Chapel Hill to four yards of total offense. The victory guarantees Orange (10-0, 5-0 Big 8 3A) the top playoff seed from the Big 8 and a share of the conference championship. Chapel Hill (2-8, 0-5), was shut out for the third straight game. The Orange defense extended it streak to 19 consecutive quarters without yielding a touchdown in earning its fourth shutout of the year.
Panther Creek 28, Apex 27: The Catamounts (4-5, 4-3 Southwest Wake 4A) defeated the Cougars (2-8, 2-5) on senior night. Down 27-21 late in the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Anthony Burlingame led Panther Creek on one final drive, culminating a go-ahead touchdown pass to J. Johnson with 23.8 seconds left. Apex’s Duke Fruehauf did all he could, with 90 rushing yards and 234 passing yards, but his Cougars came up just short.
Southeast Raleigh 28, East Wake 0: Jeff Onyegbule ran for two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (5-4, 3-2 Greater Neuse River 4A) in a shutout of the Warriors (2-7, 0-5). Southeast led by 14 at the half on an 18-yard TD pass from Maurice Nelson to Nick Thomas and Onyegbule’s 4-yard run. Onyegbule scored again from 35 yards in the third, and Tyler Williams scored on a 47-yard punt return to cap scoring in the fourth.
Southern Durham 46, Northwood 28: Southern Durham senior quarterback Jalen Green completed 20 of 29 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Spartans (5-4, 3-1 Big 8 3A) past Northwood (4-4, 2-2). Tyrell Baldwin led the Chargers with 34 carries for 263 yards and three touchdowns.
Triton 28, South Johnston 14: The Hawks (6-3, 2-1 Two Rivers 3A) rushed for 470 yards as Da'John Williams, De'Marius Staton and Rudy Tapia all topped 100 yards on the ground. Christion Green added two interceptions. Shrine Bowl selection Fabian McDonald rushed for 129 yards and caught a touchdown pass and Javonte Smith had six catches for 222 yards for the Trojans (3-6, 1-2).
No. 23 Wake Christian 55, North Raleigh Christian 15: Wake Christian kept its perfect season alive with a convincing victory over visiting North Raleigh Christian. Nathaniel Williams threw for 276 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns for the Bulldogs (8-0, 3-0 Big East Independent) as they won the four-team conference outright. Ryan Rock threw for 126 yards and a pair of scores for the Knights (2-7, 0-3).
No. 18 Wakefield 49, Broughton 0: The Wolverines (6-3, 3-2 Cap-8 4A) snapped a two-game skid, led by the four touchdowns rushing and two passing by senior quarterback Matthew McKay. Wakefield forced five turnovers, including a strip and return for a 35-yard touchdown by senior Andrew Bennett. The Capitals (2-7, 0-5) were led by sophomore quarterback Gordon Guest’s 71 yards passing in their seventh straight defeat.
No. 12 Cardinal Gibbons 56, Person 27
Cedar Ridge 48, JF Webb 0
East Montgomery 48, North Moore 34
Graham 13, Carrboro 6
No. 10 Lee County 26, Union Pines 0
Nash Central 22, No. 19 Northern Nash 16
North Johnston 28, North Pitt 14
No. 11 Pinecrest 41, Purnell Swett 17
Ravenscroft 34, Word of God 0
Roanoke Rapids 28, Franklinton 6
No. 7 Rocky Mount 47, Fike 14
Rocky Mount Academy 44, Grace Christian Raleigh 6
Rolesville 34, Harnett Central 26
No. 14 Sanderson 40, Enloe 0
South Central 59, Southern Wayne 14
No. 8 Southern Nash 35, Hunt 6
SouthWest Edgecombe 21, Farmville Central 17
Spring Creek 21, Rosewood 20
St. David’s 58, Arendell Parrott 56 (3OT)
Westover 21, No. 16 Southern Lee 20