Cardinal Gibbons edged Athens Drive 28-27 to pick up its first victory as a 4A school.
The Jaguars had scored first in the overtime period, but the Crusaders’ Hunter Caro scored from 5 yards out to tie Athens Drive at 27. Jimmy Russo knocked in the point after for the win.
Apex 30, Broughton 20: Boyd was the name to know Friday night as Apex quarterback Grayson Boyd threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, all three of those scores (and 111 yards) going to Ian Boyd.
Broughton was only 3 for 19 passing, but Stephen McGowan and Devine Jackson combined for 215 yards rushing in the loss.
Bartlett Yancey 20, Enloe 14: First-year coach David Green’s debut was spoiled by the 2A Buccaneers from Caswell County. Antavius Marrow ran for 137 yards and two TDs in the loss.
Cannon School 21, North Raleigh Christian 14: The Knights, 1-10 last year, showed some fight in the loss.
Cape Fear 14, Triton 0: The Hawks’ defense was solid, but they fell to the Colts.
Cedar Ridge 54, Carrboro 15: A big game by running back Shemar Miles rushed 18 yards for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns Friday, while Peyton Pappas threw for 98 yards and 3 more TDs, as Cedar Ridge gave interim head coach Steve Loosemore a win in his first game.
Community Christian 58, Grace Christian Raleigh 13: The Eagles fell in their inaugural varsity 8-man football game.
D.H. Conley 65, Southeast Raleigh 55: A wild back-and-forth affair in Greenville ended with the Bulldogs coming up short.
E.E. Smith 22, Southern Durham 21: It wasn’t a good night for Triangle teams playing in Fayetteville as the Golden Bulls stunned the N&O No. 5 Spartans.
Fike 43, Bunn 42: After nearly 48 minutes of offensive heroics from both clubs, it was Fike’s defense that came up with the biggest play of the game as the Demons stopped a Bunn 2-point conversion with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Before that moment, the squads had combined for 809 total yards.
Bunn came within one point on a 24-yard TD pass from Quenten Wright to Tyree Person, but the Wildcats were stopped just short of the goal line on the 2-point rushing attempt. Fike’s A.J. Hines rushed for 223 yards on just 14 attempts, while Bunn’s Tevin Perry offered 157 yards on 22 tries.
Fuquay-Varina 41, Harnett Central 12: The Bengals didn’t allow the Trojans to score until the fourth quarter.
Hillside 29, New Bern 27: In a battle of 4A powers, the Hornets picked up a big win.
Hoggard 13, Holly Springs 10: After a lightning delay, the Golden Hawks nearly came away with the upset along the coast in Robert Furth’s first game.
Knightdale 35, Sanderson 34 (OT): Facing a 3rd and 20 in overtime, Knightdale’s Malik Branch picked up 18 yards to the 2. The rest was up to Joshua Schenck.
The senior scored on 4th and 1 to make it 34-33 and the Knights showed some guts on the road, going for the win instead of the game-tying extra point. Schenck got the call, dragging defenders into the end zone, giving Knightdale the win.
Lee County 55, Warren County 6: The News & Observer’s No. 15 team, known for its defense, rolled over the 2A Eagles.
Leesville Road 34, Jordan 6: Coach Brad Wilson won his debut for the Pride.
North Johnston 63, Louisburg 20: The Panthers matched last year’s win total with a wire-to-wire victory. North Johnston tallied 35 unanswered points to begin the game and went on to roll past host Louisburg.
Northern Vance 20, East Chapel Hill 15: The Wildcats’ losing streak reached 12 while new Vikings coach Cory Lea won his debut.
Orange 42, Person 7: Yes, the No. 9 Panthers lost a lot in graduation from last year, but the talent that remains is good enough to crush the 4A Rockets.
Ravenscroft 55, Southern Vance 7: The Ravens were up 29-0 early and never looked back.
South Johnston 35, Franklinton 7: The Trojans, ranked No. 11 in The News & Observer top 15, led 21-0.
Seventy-First 55, Northern Durham 21: Northern fell hard to the reigning best 4A team in Fayetteville.
Southern Lee 42, Western Harnett 0: The Cavaliers, No. 14 in the area rankings, spoiled first-year coach Jason Furrie’s debut.
Southern Nash 43, Northwood 28: The Firebirds led 30-0 at halftime against the Chargers
Terry Sanford 55, Rolesville 0: The Rams lost down in Fayetteville to the reigning Cape Fear Valley Conference champs.
Wake Christian 56, Chatham Central 6: The Bulldogs opened the year with a dominating road victory.
West Johnson 48, Smithfield-Selma 7: Tony Mack had 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns and Andre Wilson ran for two and passed for another, all in the first half. The Wildcats’ victory was their sixth straight in the series.
It was the opening game as a varsity head coach for new SSS mentor Wes Hill, who was previously an assistant at Clayton. West, a member of the Greater Neuse River 4A, got a 79-yard touchdown return from Jake Strickland on the opening kickoff and never looked back.
SSS, a member of the Two Rivers 3A, had a minus-36 yards offense in the first half as the Wildcats led 41-0 at the break.
W.E. Warnock, Jeff Hamlin, Mike Potter, Mike Mangan, Geoff Neville, Cale Colosimo, Jonas Pope IV, Justin Hill, Jibrell Davis, Leon Hargrove, Lee Montgomery, Christian Worstell and Ian Pierno contributed to this report.