No. 1 Middle Creek 48, Apex 0: Dominique Shoffner threw for 233 yards and five touchdowns in just over two quarters of football as the Mustangs (11-0, 8-0 Southwest Wake 4A) put the finishing touches on their second straight perfect regular season. Middle Creek got touchdowns by five different players including two end-zone visits by Shammond Hicks to go along with a pair of safeties. Apex finished the season at 2-9 (2-6).
No. 2 Wake Forest 44, Enloe 0: Devon Lawrence racked up 169 yards and three TDs on just eight carries to pace Wake Forest (11-0, 7-0 Cap-8 4A). Enloe (3-8, 1-7) ended its season.
No. 3 Garner 58, Rolesville 7: Collin Eaddy rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns and fullback Anthony Stephenson also ran for two TDs for the Trojans (10-1, 7-0 Greater Neuse River 4A). Garner held Rolesville (4-7, 3-4) to minus-1 rushing yard on 13 carries.
No. 4 Orange: Bye (11-0).
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No. 5 Hillside 58, Person 6: The Hornets (10-1, 6-0) wrapped up the PAC-6 4A Conference title outright.
No. 6 Southern Nash 28, Nash Central 18: The Firebirds (10-0, 4-0 Big East 3A) topped the Bulldogs (5-5, 1-3) and are a win away from their first undefeated regular season since 1990.
No. 23 Southern Lee 16, No. 7 Lee County 13: Noah Terhune threw for 224 yards, and Richard McCollum kicked three field goals to propel Southern (8-2, 4-1) to its third consecutive Brick City Bowl win. The win caused a three-way tie atop the Cape Fear Valley 3A Conference. Ishois Tines scored the Cavaliers’ lone TD on a pass from Terhune, while Jahmir Smith and Jonathan Terrell each scored for the Yellow Jackets (9-1, 4-1).
No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons 25, Northern Durham 7: The Crusaders (10-1, 5-1 PAC-6 4A) will get one of the top seeds in the 4A brackets after conference champions are seeded while the Knights (5-6, 4-2) should squeeze into the field.
No. 9 Bunn 70, Warren County 34: Bunn coach David Howle wrapped up the 12th league championship of his career as the Wildcats piled up 504 rushing yards en route to a Northern Carolina 2A Conference decision at Warren County (5-5, 1-4). D.J. Jones ran for 255 yards on 21 tries for the Wildcats (10-1, 5-0).
No. 10 Heritage 44, Broughton 14: Gunnar Holmberg was a crisp 13-of-15 passing for 277 yards as the Huskies (9-2, 5-2 Cap-8 4A) rolled the Caps (2-9, 0-7).
No. 11 Rocky Mount 14, Northern Nash 7: The Gryphons (9-1, 3-1 Big East 3A) bounced back from their only loss by topping the rival Knights (5-5, 1-3).
No. 12 West Johnston 56, Knightdale 7: Tony Mack ran for 108 yards as the Wildcats (9-1, 6-1) blew past the Knights (2-9, 2-5) to set a new school record for wins in a season.
No. 13 Pinecrest 21, Hoke County 12: With quarterback Nik Pry out, the Patriots (9-2, 3-2 Southeastern 4A) turned to South Carolina safety recruit Jaylin Dickerson, who ran for 97 yards and was 3-of-5 passing for 88 yards and a TD in the close win over the Bucks (2-8, 1-3).
No. 14 Fuquay-Varina: Bye (8-3).
No. 15 Sanderson 28, No. 16 Millbrook 14: The Spartans (8-3, 4-3 Cap-8) have the most wins since 1998 after beating rival Millbrook (7-4, 4-3) for the first time since 2006. Sanderson’s Trent Pennix ran 34 times for 208 yards and a touchdown in the win.
No. 17 Cleveland 70, Corinth Holders 56: Caiden Norman passed for 397 yards and six touchdowns as the host Rams rallied for the victory and outright Two Rivers 3A Conference title. Jacob Scott had 207 yards receiving and four touchdowns for the Rams (8-3, 5-2). Mike Darden had 187 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Pirates (2-9, 2-3)
New Bern 49, No. 18 J.H. Rose 44: With the Rampants (5-4, 4-1) losing to New Bern (5-5, 4-1) there’s a three-way tie for first in the Eastern Carolina 3A/4A going into next week.
No. 19 Wake Christian 48, Fayetteville Christian 0: The top-seeded Bulldogs (10-0) will host Fayetteville’s Village Christian in next week’s N.C. Independent Athletic Association Division III semifinals.
No. 21 D.H. Conley 70, South Central 34: The Vikings (7-3, 4-1 Eastern Carolina 3A/4A) got the usual from Holton Ahlers (43-of-54 for 495 yards and five touchdowns, 76 yards rushing), and C.J. Johnson had 227 yards receiving on 13 catches in the win.
No. 22 Southeast Raleigh 24, Clayton 7: Maurice Nelson ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Bulldogs won their fourth straight to wrap up the season. The Bulldogs (8-3, 5-2 Greater Neuse 4A) also got 78 yards on the ground from Jeff Onyegbule. Clayton (6-5, 3-4) got its lone score on a 37-yard pass from Austin Cagle to Devin Carter.
No. 24 Holly Springs 48, Apex Friendship 0: The Holly Springs defense forced five interceptions and a fumble, and Broderick Taylor ran for 246 yards and two scores to spur the Golden Hawks (7-4, 6-2 Southwest Wake 4A) past the Patriots (1-9, 0-8).
No. 25 Southern Durham 67, J.F. Webb 28: Southern Durham quarterback Jalen Greene factored in on seven touchdowns, including six passing, as the Spartans (7-4, 5-1 Big 8 3A) defeated J.F. Webb. Senior wide receiver Santonio Maxwell had 81 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Greene registered 350 yards total offense as the Spartans won its fifth straight game. Webb (2-9, 1-5) quarterback Tre Harris threw for one touchdown and ran for another.