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Southeast Raleigh holds on to top East Wake

The Southeast Raleigh Bulldogs used a strong defensive stand to stop East Wake 31-28 for a Greater Neuse 4A victory on Friday.

East Wake drove from its own 14 to the Southeast 40 in the final minutes, but were stopped on downs.

The Warrior’s Trent Evans ran for 124 yards and completed 14 of 27 passes for 177 yards.

Southeast’s Gary Nava made a 31-yard field goal in the third to give the Bulldogs a 31-21 lead. With eight minutes left in the game, Evans connected with Evan Finch for a 3-yard score to cut the deficit to just three.

“Defensively we struggled at first,” said Southeast coach Marvin Burke. “At the end of the game we dug deep, made adjustments and trusted each other.”

East Wake opened the game on a 12-yard scoring drive, capped off by a Rhem three-yard score. Brandon Flint would answer for the Bulldogs, but East Wake would score when Rhem scored on a 1-yard run late in the quarter.

The second quarter changed the flow of the game quickly for Southeast Raleigh. Aschod Meeks scored on runs of 18 yards, 2 yards, and 50 yards.

Southeast plays Knightdale, which is also 2-0 in the conference, next week.

“We’re focused on Knightdale next week. Right now we’re 2-0 in the conference; we’re happy,” Burke said.