No. 1 Middle Creek (2-0) 37, No. 4 Rocky Mount (1-1) 25: The Mustangs overcame four first-half turnovers and a second-half deficit to stave off Rocky Mount. Dominique Shoffner threw for 199 yards with a passing and rushing touchdown, and DeAndre Jones rushed for a pair of touchdowns for Middle Creek. Artavious Richardson had an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for Rocky Mount.
No. 2 Wake Forest (2-0) 56, Apex (0-2) 7: Wake Forest led 42-0 after just 14 minutes of play and rushed for over 200 yards on the ground.
Laney (1-1) 14, No. 3 J.H. Rose (0-1) 13: Laney trailed 13-0 at halftime but scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to pull off a big upset over J.H. Rose, which was playing its first game of the season.
No. 5 Garner (2-0) 56, No. 9 Cleveland (1-1) 19: Eight different Trojans scored touchdowns as Garner pulled away fast after an early deficit. Collin Eaddy rushed for 102 yards, Braxton Brokenborough threw for 101 and D.J. Harris and Andreis Harris each returned interceptions for touchdowns for Garner. Caiden Norman threw for 102 yards for Cleveland including touchdown passes to Jacob Scott and Griffin Duck.
No. 6 D.H. Conley (2-0) 54, Ayden-Grifton (0-2) 42: Ayden-Grifton stood tall against D.H. Conley but ultimately couldn’t overcome the Vikings.
No. 22 Cardinal Gibbons (2-0) 55, No. 7 Southern Durham (1-1) 42: The Crusaders scored touchdowns on each of their first two offensive plays and Dalen Spruill (245 yards) and Jack Biestek (155 yards) combined for 400 rushing yards during a Thursday night upset. Montrel Cooper had 187 receiving yards and three touchdowns for Southern.
No. 8 Pinecrest (2-0) 35, Riverside (1-1) 0: Pinecrest led 35-0 after three quarters as Christopher Owens reeled in a pair of touchdown throws from quarterback Nik Pry. Stephen Graham returned an interception 80 yards for a score for the Patriots, who were actually outrushed 151-128 by Riverside.
No. 25 Sanderson (2-0) 7, No. 10 Fuquay-Varina (1-1) 0: Max Webster scored the game’s lone touchdown on a blocked punt as the Spartans pitched their second straight shutout to begin the season. Jordan Logan rushed for 183 yards for Sanderson while Fuquay-Varina backup quarterback Chris Canada threw for 71 second-half yards in relief of the injured Brycen Braswell.
No. 11 Millbrook (2-0) 43, Knightdale (0-2) 19: Millbrook overcame a 14-0 deficit behind three rushing touchdowns from quarterback Kenny McCray and another two by Larry Rountree III. Jalen Hodge and Andrew Tuazama scored the early touchdowns for the Knights, who outgained Millbrook 230-219 in total offense.
No. 12 Hillside (1-0): Idle. The Hornets play Southern Durham this Friday.
No. 20 Wakefield (1-1) 34, No. 13 Holly Springs (1-1) 31: Matthew McKay rushed for 192 yards, passed for 182 yards and accounted for three total touchdowns to help Wakefield squeeze by Holly Springs. Broderick Taylor rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown while Austen Wiegers threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Golden Hawks.
No. 14 Heritage (2-0) 28, Rolesville (0-2) 0: Gunnar Holmberg threw for two scores and ran for another, and Ricky Person Jr. rushed for 120 yards to lead Heritage over Rolesville. George Kotee also found the end zone for Heritage, while Joe Kane registered five sacks.
No. 15 Orange (2-0) 21, No. 19 Northern Durham (0-2) 13: Ryan Puckett rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and Orange held Northern Durham to minus-10 rushing yards in a narrow victory. Luke Fenlon shook off seven sacks to throw for 108 yards for Northern.
No. 18 West Johnston (2-0) 35, No. 16 South Johnston (1-1) 0: Tony Mack had a pair of scores to go with his 147 rushing yards, while the West Johnston defense scored two of its own to lift the Wildcats to their second straight shutout. Caeleb Robinson rushed for 134 yards for South Johnston.
No. 17 Southern Nash (2-0) 48, Beddingfield (1-1) 0: The Firebirds cruised to an easy win over unranked Beddingfield.
No. 21 Bunn (2-0) 70, Northwest Halifax (0-2) 6: Bunn led 56-0 at halftime in a runaway victory. Quentin Perry’s 93 rushing yards led a Wildcats attack that mounted 333 yards of total offense.
No. 23 Lee County (1-1) 27, Ben L. Smith (0-2) 26: Jahmir Smith rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns as Lee County narrowly edged out the Golden Eagles. Rohan Goldsten hooked up with Korey Cureton for a 73-yard scoring pass in the second quarter for Ben L. Smith but the ensuing blocked extra point proved to be pivotal.
Northeastern (2-0) 27, No. 24 Northern Nash (1-1) 24: Northeastern trailed 24-6 in the fourth quarter but rallied for 21 unanswered points to complete an improbable comeback. Treveon Freshwater scored from 18 yards out with 1:10 to play for the winning touchdown. Da’Twan Harrison had an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown during the rally for Northeastern.