West Johnston snapped out of its skid in a thrilling way Thursday night, topping Southeast Raleigh on a four-quarter, two-point conversion for a 15-14 prep football victory.
The Wildcats (2-4 overall, 1-1 Greater Neuse River 4A) had lost three straight coming in; Southeast was coming off of one of the biggest regular-season wins in its program’s history last week at Garner.
A pair of long scoring plays — a 61-yard run by West quarterback Andre Wilson and a 89-yard TD pass from Dylan Parham to A Richardson — were the only scores in the first half.
With Southeast (2-4, 1-1) up 8-7 on a two-point conversion after their first-quarter TD, the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 14-7 in the third quarter on Lee Holmes’ 1-yard TD run. The two-point conversion pass, which would have given Southeast a nine-point lead fell incomplete, leaving the door open for the Wildcats.
West’s offense and Tony Mack took advantage in the fourth with Mack scoring on a 10-yard TD run to cut the lead to 14-13, then running in the two-point conversion for a 15-14 lead that vaulted the Wildcats back into the playoff and conference title races.
Wilson and Mack both ran for more than 120 yards on the night. Wilson finished with 133 yards on 15 carries, while Mack had 122 yards on 26 carries.
The West defense limited Southeast to 91 yards rushing. Parham, an N.C. State recruit, threw for 247 yards on 12-of-24 attempts.
Cleveland 48, South Granville 14: The Rams built a 27-0 lead and rolled to a victory in their last tune up before beginning conference play on Oct. 9.
Cleveland’s Joseph James ran for 104 yards on just 10 carries and a touchdown, while Caiden Norman threw for two TDs and ran for another on the night.
Patrick Jesequel had a pair of touchdown catches for Cleveland (3-3) as well.
The Rams’ defense held south Granville to 183 yards of offense on the night and senior defensive back Josh Richardson returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Rams have next week off before traveling to Triton to begin Two Rivers 3A Conference play.
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) held the Bulldogs to 32 yards of offense on the night and took advantage of five lost Princeton fumbles to the tune of five touchdowns. The first three on short TD drives after Princeton (0- 5) lost the ball, the last two on long fumble returns for scores in the third quarter in a rain storm that started late in the first half.
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.
North, South, Corinth Holders and SSS games moved to Monday night: The rain system that moved through the area over the early part of the weekend shuffled the schedules of four area schools.
The South Johnston at North Johnston and Smithfield-Selma at Northern Nash games were both moved to 7 p.m. kick offs on Monday night. Corinth Holders, whiched moved into the Associated Press’ Top 10 statewide 3A poll this past week, will also visit Wilson Fike on Monday at 7.