No. 1 Middle Creek 42, Apex Friendship 0: Dominique Shoffner threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns and the Middle Creek defense limited the Patriots (1-7, 0-6 Southwest Wake 4A) to just 24 yards of offense. The Mustangs (9-0, 6-0) scored touchdowns on defense (fumble return) and special teams (blocked punt return).
No. 2 Wake Forest 24, Leesville Road 17: A short touchdown run by Devon Lawrence broke a tied score with under five minutes to play to help Wake Forest survive its biggest scare. Matt Hamilton made 10 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including an early score that gave Leesville Road (4-5, 2-3 Cap 8 4A) a 10-3 halftime lead. Lawrence finished with 121 yards on the ground for Wake Forest (9-0, 5-0).
No. 3 Garner 57, Knightdale 0: The Trojans (8-1, 5-0 Greater Neuse 4A) earned their fourth consecutive shutout on the heels of two blocked punts that resulted in touchdowns and a pair of offensive touchdowns by Collin Eaddy. Knightdale dropped to 1-8 (1-4).
No. 4 Orange 42, Chapel Hill 0: Orange captured at least a share of the Big 8 3A Conference championship and the top playoff seed. Chapel Hill (2-8, 0-5) managed just 4 yards of offense while being shut out for the third straight week while Jackson Schmid threw three first-quarter touchdown passes for Orange (10-0, 5-0).
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No. 13 Millbrook 17, No. 5 Heritage 15: Larry Rountree III rushed for 150 yards and a pair of scores, and the Wildcats (7-2, 4-1 Cap-8 4A) forced five turnovers by Heritage (7-2, 3-2). Will Gentile’s fourth-quarter 38-yard field goal proved to be the difference after the Huskies’ Thayer Thomas found the end zone with a minute left in the game.
No. 6 Hillside: Idle (7-1).
No. 7 Rocky Mount 47, Fike 14: Rocky Mount (7-1, 2-0 Big East 3A) scored five unanswered touchdowns to cruise past Fike (4-4, 0-2). Deangelo Collins rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown, and Detrell Revis scored on a 53-yard reverse while also intercepting a pass on defense for the Gryphons.
No. 8 Southern Nash 35, Hunt 6: Zonovan Knight rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and Kendrick Bell added 114 more yards to keep Southern Nash undefeated at 8-0 (2-0 Big East 3A). The Firebirds held Hunt (3-5, 0-2) to 21 yards rushing, and Alex Puente returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
No. 9 West Johnston 48, No. 22 Clayton 0: Running back Tony Mack and quarterback Andre Wilson each rushed for a pair of touchdowns as the Wildcats ran their unbeaten season to 8-0 (5-0 Greater Neuse 4A). Standout receiver Devin Carter, who entered the game with 61 catches for 1,001 yards this season for Clayton (6-3, 3-2), was held without a reception.
No. 10 Lee County 26, Union Pines 0: Lee County (8-0, 3-0 Cape Fear Valley 3A) pulled away after leading just 10-0 at halftime to post its fifth shutout of the season. Jahmir Smith rushed for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Javonte Jackson had 124 yards receiving and two scores of his own. Union Pines dropped to 6-3 (2-2).
No. 11 Pinecrest 41, Purnell Swett 17: Zaythan Hill rushed for three touchdowns as Pinecrest (8-1, 2-1 Southeastern 4A) led 41-3 after three quarters. Al’drique Thompson scored a pair of late touchdowns for Pembroke’s Purnell Swett (3-5, 0-2).
No. 12 Cardinal Gibbons 56, Person 27: Cardinal Gibbons erupted for 35 points in the second quarter to improve to 8-1 (3-1 PAC-6 4A). Anton Stoneking threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns (two of them to Alex Kuzy) while Dalen Spruill did the damage on the ground with 214 yards and a score for the Crusaders. Dontavian Smith returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown for Person (6-3, 2-2).
No. 14 Sanderson 40, Enloe 0: Trent Pennix scored five touchdowns as the Spartans (7-2, 3-2 Cap-8 4A) won their third straight contest. Pennix scored four times on the ground (including a 51-yarder) and again on a 50-yard pass play. Enloe fell to 2-7 (0-5).
No. 15 Bunn 9, No. 25 South Granville 3: D.J. Jones’ 47-yard touchdown run was all that was needed for Bunn (8-1, 3-0 Northern Carolina 2A) in a defensive slugfest. Jones finished with 185 yards on the ground while South Granville fell to 7-2 (2-1).
Westover 21, No. 16 Southern Lee 20: Fayetteville’s Westover High blocked an extra point late in the fourth quarter to lift the Wolverines (6-2, 3-0 Cape Fear Valley 3A) to a narrow upset victory on the road. Warren Bell rushed for 132 yards and a pair of scores for Westover. Noah Terhune threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another for Southern Lee (6-2, 2-1).
No. 17 Fuquay-Varina: Idle (6-3).
No. 18 Wakefield 49, Broughton 0: Quarterback Matt McKay accounted for six total touchdowns (four rushing, two passing) to help Wakefield (6-3, 3-2 Cap-8 4A) snap a two-game losing skid. The Wolverines defense forced five turnovers to push Broughton (2-7, 0-5) to its seventh straight loss following a 2-0 start.
Nash Central 22, No. 19 Northern Nash 16: DeKalon Stample recovered a Northern Nash fumble in the red zone in the final seconds as Nash Central held on for the upset win. Northern Nash scored what appeared to be the go-ahead touchdown just seconds earlier but the play was negated by a penalty. Both teams moved to 5-3 and 1-1 in the Big East 3A.
No. 20 Cleveland 56, Smithfield-Selma 7: Cleveland scored on its first seven possessions to lead 49-0 by halftime in a big homecoming win over Smithfield-Selma (0-9, 0-3 Two Rivers 3A). Bryson Williams scored three touchdowns on just 10 carries for the Rams (6-3, 3-0) while Tyson Dew scored twice on just six carries.
No. 21 J.H. Rose: Idle (4-3).
No. 23 Wake Christian 55, North Raleigh Christian 15: Nathaniel Williams tossed for 276 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a fourth as the Bulldogs remained undefeated at 8-0 (3-0 Big East Independent). Ryan Rock threw for 126 yards and a pair of scores for the Knights (2-7, 0-4).
No. 24 D.H. Conley 42, Eastern Wayne 0: Holton Ahlers passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead D.H. Conley (6-3, 2-1 Eastern Carolina 4A/3A) to its first shutout victory of the season after giving up 39 points per game. Ahlers’ big day continued on the ground, where he rushed for 75 yards and two more touchdowns. The Warriors fell to 3-4 (1-2).