No. 1 Middle Creek 56, Green Hope 0: Dominique Shoffner threw for three scores and ran for another, while De’Andre Jones ran for two touchdowns and had a receiving one. The Mustangs (10-0, 7-0) were held scoreless in the first quarter but blew the game wide open with 21 points in the second to clinch the Southwest Wake 4A title. Green Hope (5-5, 4-3) was held to 71 yards of offense.
No. 2 Wake Forest 30, No. 14 Sanderson 8: Wake Forest (10-0, 6-0) clinched the Cap-8 title thanks to red-zone stops against Sanderson (7-3, 3-3). Trent Pennix gained 122 yards on 25 punishing carries for Sanderson. Wake Forest’s John Jiles did it all with a blocked kick, an interception and two catches for 102 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown pass.
No. 3 Garner 32, No. 8 West Johnston 7: Garner (9-1, 6-0) wrapped up yet another conference championship — its 23rd in school history and 12th since 2000 — in the Greater Neuse River 4A. Garner scored three of its four TDs in the opening 24 minutes on short drives after forcing Wildcats (8-1, 5-1) turnovers. Garner intercepted three Wildcats passes, forced two fumbles and covered a low punt snap on the night.
No. 5 Orange 42, J.F. Webb 0: The regular season is done for Orange (11-0, 6-0 Big 8 3A), and the Panthers have wrapped up their first unbeaten regular season. Senior quarterback Jackson Schmid threw three touchdown passes while juniors Marvante Beasley and Payton Wilson each accounted for two scores against Webb (2-8, 1-4).
No. 5 Hillside 42 Jordan 14: Running back Jamal Currie-Elliott enjoyed a multi-touchdown performance for the fourth time in as many games since rejoining the Hornets midseason as Hillside (8-1, 5-0 PAC-6 4A) won its 10th straight game against Jordan (1-9, 1-5). The Hillside defense forced three turnovers, and defensive back Corey Mitchell picked off two passes – one of which he returned 61 yards for a touchdown – in the win. Jordan running backs Sincere Parker and David Thompson combined for 136 yards on 16 carries.
No. 7 Southern Nash 21, No. 6 Rocky Mount 10: The Firebirds (9-0, 3-0 Big East 3A) dethroned last year’s 3A state champion thanks to defense. The Gryphons managed just 100 yards on 34 carries. Running back Kendrick Bell had two rushing touchdowns in the win. N.C. State recruit Nadir Thompson had the game-sealing interception two plays after Rocky Mount returned a kickoff to the 15 with about a minute left.
No. 9 Lee County 34, Westover 12: The Yellow Jackets (9-0, 4-0 Cape Fear Valley 3A) are a win away from clinching their conference title.
Richmond County 21, No. 10 Pinecrest 14: The Patriots (7-2, 1-2 Southeastern 4A) lost a hearbreaker. Nik Pry’s 9-yard run tied the score with 43 seconds to go, but Richmond County’s Dante Miller returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the winning score.
No. 11 Cardinal Gibbons 41, East Chapel Hill 0: In a conference matchup between two unevenly matched teams, the Crusaders (9-1, 4-1 PAC-6 4A) easily defeated the Wildcats (1-9, 0-5). Cardinal Gibbons was up 35-0 at the half and cruised for most of the game. Dalen Spruill had 132 yards and four touchdowns on the ground for the Crusaders. Playing on his senior night, East Chapel Hill lineman Mujahid Turner recovered two fumbles in the first half.
Leesville Road 31, No. 12 Millbrook 3: The Pride upset their Cap-8 4A Conference rivals behind the short passing game of quarterback Vince Amendola to end a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Amendola completed 26 of 32 passes for 226 yards and 3 touchdowns for Leesville Road (5-5, 3-3). Pride receiver Cooper Eason-Riddle had touchdown catches of 21, 20 and 8 yards and had 113 yards on 11 receptions. Millbrook (7-3, 4-2) was paced by running back Larry Rountree III’s 92 yards on 16 carries.
No. 13 Heritage 21, No. 17 Wakefield 0: Gunnar Holmberg completed 15 of 22 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Huskies (8-2, 4-2 Cap-8 4A) past Wakefield (6-4, 3-3). Zach Gemmell caught seven passes for 113 yards, and Jalen Pittman caught two touchdown passes.
No. 15 Bunn 42, Franklinton 14: The Wildcats (9-1, 4-0) clinched at the Northern Carolina 2A Conference. D.J. Jones returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and finished with 224 rushing yards to go with four scores. Franklinton (5-5, 1-3) received a pair of touchdown passes from Kyeon Spencer to Semaj McCowan.
No. 16 Fuquay-Varina 52, Panther Creek 35: The Bengals (7-3, 5-2 Southwest Wake 4A) won thanks to Chris Canada (183 yards rushing, 1 TD), Isaac Morgan (112 yards), David Honeycutt (103 yards, 4 TDs) and Tyrus Townsend (233 yards, 2 TDs). For Panther Creek (4-6, 4-4), Anthony Burlingame threw for 387 yards and five TDs.
No. 18 Cleveland 49, Western Harnett 13: Caiden Norman threw for 433 yards and four touchdowns with Jacob Scott (250 yards, 3 TDs) being the main target for the Rams (7-3, 4-0 Two Rivers 3A). The Eagles (2-8, 1-3) scored all of their points in the second quarter.
No. 19 J.H. Rose 56, C.B. Aycock 49: The Rampants’ E.J. Harris finished with 243 yards and six rushing touchdowns, including the winning score with 22 seconds remaining. Rose’s Caleb Edwards had 11 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown as the Rampants (5-3, 4-0 Eastern Carolina 3A/4A Conference) won their fourth consecutive game. Jake Flowers was 18-for-29 passing for 304 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Falcons (5-4, 1-3).
No. 20 Wake Christian 34, Village Christian 13: The Bulldogs (9-0) will likely be the top seed in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III playoffs, which start next Friday.
No. 21 D.H. Conley 36, New Bern 20: The Vikings (6-3, 3-1) downed the Bears (4-5, 4-1) thanks to four touchdowns by quarterback Holton Ahlers, which puts J.H. Rose in first place of the Eastern Carolina 4A/3A.
No. 22 Southeast Raleigh 49, Harnett Central 12: The Bulldogs were up 42-0 at halftime. Tyler Williams caught a touchdown pass and returned two interceptions for scores to pace the Bulldogs (7-3, 4-2 Greater Neuse River 4A). Harnett Central (1-9, 1-5) scored its lone touchdown on Qyrell Street’s 88-yard kickoff return.
No. 23 Southern Lee 51, Union Pines 35: The Cavaliers (7-2, 3-1 Cape Fear Valley 3A) defeated the Vikings (6-4, 2-3) and could earn a share of the conference title if they can win out.
No. 24 Holly Springs 69, Cary 14: Broderick Taylor (216 yards, seven carries) scored on his first three runs – from 47, 65 and 18 yards out – and later added another first-half touchdown on a 36-yard run. He didn’t play in the second half. The 69 points are the most in Golden Hawks (6-4, 5-2 Southwest Wake 4A) history. Cary (1-8, 1-5) scored on passes from Keeyon Hicks to Kameron Gillespie and Shaheed Manynor.
No. 25 Southern Durham 49, Cedar Ridge 14: Southern senior quarterback Jalen Greene threw for 286 yards and a touchdown to lead the Spartans (6-4, 4-1 Big 8 3A) past Cedar Ridge (5-5, 2-3). Southern running back Joey Strong Jr. rushed for three touchdowns.