No. 16 D.H. Conley 70, Southern Wayne 37: Vikings quarterback Holton Ahlers finished 20-for-29 passing for 400 yards and seven touchdowns as Conley (8-3, 5-1 Eastern Carolina 3A/4A) concluded its regular season with five consecutive wins. Manny Walker had 204 yards and three touchdowns rushing on 20 carries as Southern Wayne (2-8, 1-5 ECC) dropped its eighth consecutive game.
No. 24 J.H. Rose 70, Eastern Wayne 28: The Rampants (6-4, 5-1 Eastern Carolina 3A/4A) end the season in a three-way tie for first along with New Bern and D.H. Conley. It was the fifth time this year Rose has topped the 50-point mark and second time over the 70-point mark. Eastern Wayne (4-6, 2-4) will host a first-round playoff game as the top seed from the 3A split side of the conference.
Nash Central 48, Fike 20: Led by the Travis Griffin-to-C.J. Pearce connection, the Bulldogs clinched third place in the Big East 3A Conference and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Golden Demons.
Griffin completed 9-of-13 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns to lead Nash Central (7-4 overall, 3-2 Big East). Pearce had a TD catch of 25 yards, finishing with seven catches for 183 yards.
Fike (6-5, 2-3) was paced by running back Kenny Johnson’s 76 yards and quarterback Jalen Melton, who completed 6 of 16 for 101 yards with a 32-yard TD pass.
North Duplin 49, Rosewood 21: The Rebels (7-4, 5-1) earned their share of the Carolina 1A after downing Rosewood (3-8, 1-5). The Eagles will await their playoff pairing.
No. 10 Rocky Mount 17, Hunt 0: The Gryphons (9-2, 4-1 Big East 3A) end their regular season with the distinction of having only lost to undefeated teams – Southern Nash and Middle Creek. DeAngelo Collins and Shabios Lynch had touchdown runs to break open a 3-0 game at halftime. Hunt (3-8, 0-5) will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1998.
South Central 66, C.B. Aycock 28: South Central (5-6, 2-4 Eastern Carolina 3A/4A) will sweat it out on Saturday, hoping for one of the last playoff bids in the 4A bracket while C.B. Aycock (2-9, 1-5) will end its year on a down note. The Golden Falcons forfeited four wins earlier this week – to Goldsboro, Southern Wayne, Corinth Holders and North Lenoir – and will miss the playoffs.
South Lenoir 20, Goldsboro 7: The Cougars (1-10, 0-5) finished last in the Eastern Carolina 2A after falling in the finale to South Lenoir. Goldsboro’s only win came in forfeit fashion from C.B. Aycock.
Tarboro 54, Rocky Mount Prep 0: The Vikings reeled off a fourth straight conference title at the expense of the Jaguars (3-8, 0-5).