Tony Mack capped off a late 90-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run and the go-ahead two-point conversion to send West Johnston past Greater Neuse River 4A foe Southeast Raleigh, 15-14 on Thursday.
Quinton Brown went on to seal the deal for the Wildcats (2-4, 1-1) after intercepting a Dylan Parham pass with a little over a minute left. Mack and Andre Wilson led the way, as they combined for 255 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
Parham, an N.C. State commit, completed 12 passes for 247 yards and 1 TD. Anthony Richardson had 4 receptions, 112 yards and a score.
Charlotte Country Day 23, Ravenscroft 2: The Ravens (2-3) managed just a safety on Friday in Charlotte
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Clayton 33, Harnett Central 22: Clayton (2-4, 1-1 Greate-r Neuse 4A) used big plays on offense and defense Thursday night. The Comets got a 52-yard swing pass-and-run from Landon Leiser to Courtlyn Victrum and Derran Demps picked up a fumble and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown that put the Comets up 26-16 at halftime.
Zaheed Stubbs led Harnett Central (1-5, 0-2) with three rushing touchdowns and 72 yards on the ground.
Cleveland 48, South Granville 14: Cleveland (3-3) dominated the first quarter, and that’s all that mattered against South Granville (1-5) on Thursday. The Rams forced four turnovers in the opening 12 minutes to lead 27-0 and never looked back.
Caiden Norman led the way for the Rams going 8 of 11 for 97 yards and two TDs while also rushing for a score. Joseph James was the leading rusher for the Rams with 10 carries for 104 yards and a TD.
East Montgomery 34, Chatham Central 0: The Bears (0-6) remain winless.
James Kenan 53, Princeton 0: James Kenan, the top-ranked 1A team in the state, opened Carolina 1A Conference play with a 53-0 win over Princeton Thursday night.
The Tigers (5-0, 1-0) held the Bulldogs (0-5, 0-1) to 32 yards of offense on the night and took advantage of five lost Princeton fumbles to the tune of five touchdowns.
Devonta Best ran for three Kenan TDs and 114 yards on 15 carries. Tiger quarterback Ken Avent III ran for 102 and threw for 108, completing his last seven passes of the night. Earl Gibson Jr. led Princeton with 24 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Middle Creek 50, Athens Drive 0: The Mustangs (6-0, 2-0) stayed unbeaten after dismantling winless Athens Drive (0-6, 0-2) on Thursday. Dominique Shoffner threw for 163 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for another in the rout.
Northern Vance 35, J.F. Webb 34: On Thursday, Brooks Falkner’s 31-yard field goal was the game-winner for the Vikings (4-2, 1-0 Big 8 3A) against rival J.F. Webb (3-3, 0-1). Kristopher Haywood completed 10 of 18 passes for 110 yards and two scores in the win, while teammate Darrell Hill (42 yards receiving) had a rushing and receiving touchdown.
In the loss, Tevin Evans ran 33 times for 200 yards and a score while teammate Rakym Winstead added 17 carries for 116 yards and one TD on the ground.
Person 13, Jordan 10: Person pitched a second-half shut out and Taymon Smith’s 7-yard TD run in the fourth quarter held up as the winner in the PAC-6 4A opener on Thursday. Jordan (0-6, 0-1) had a touchdown run from Maliik Marcin-Lewis. Person (4-2, 1-0) was led by Smith’s 139 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Scotland County 49, Panther Creek 13: Scotland County’s unbeaten Scots rolled to 6-0 after winning at Panther Creek (3-3) on Thursday. The Scots (6-0), ranked No. 3 among state 4A schools by the AP, were led by highly-touted running back Zamir White (29 carries, 198 yards, four TDs). Panther Creek wide receiver Justin Smalls caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Dom Samson.
Southern Lee 46, Douglas Byrd 8: Quarterback Ishois Times’ four rushing touchdowns helped Southern Lee blow past Douglas Byrd (1-5, 0-1) to open Cape Fear Valley 3A play on Thursday. Jarvis Jackson (9 carries, 122 yards, one TD) returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown for the Cavaliers (3-2, 1-0) and Times had 186 yards rushing on 12 carries, scoring on runs of 57, 13, 30 and 65 yards.
Southern Durham 34, Orange 16: Southern’s dominance over the Panthers continued on Thursday as the Spartans (4-2, 1-0 Big 8) shut out Orange (5-1, 0-1) in the second half.
Southern Durham cornerback Albert Teet snagged two of the Spartans’ three interceptions and recovered a fumble. Orange running back Drew Lemaster ran for a team-high 80 yards.
Southern Vance 56, Louisburg 7: Mark Baldwin rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns and Jerry Throckmorton passed for 112 yards and two scores as the Raiders (2-3) broke open a tight game late in the second period on Thursday. The Raiders finished with 477 total yards compared to 79 for Louisburg (0-4).
Bonitta Best, D. Clay Best, J. Mike Blake, Leon Hargrove, Gene Hollowell, Ryan Leger, Geoff Neville, Tom Shanahan, Kelly Snow and Bill Woodward contributed.