It was another positive week for Southwest Wake Athletic Conference football.
While two of the league’s teams played some of the Triangle’s top teams, two more sprung minor upsets against schools in the top 15 of the News & Observer’s area rankings.
Garner 42, Cary 28: News & Observer No. 6 Garner (3-1) used four touchdowns on 19 carries for 269 yards by junior running back Nyheim Hines to pick up the win.
Cary (2-2) ran effectively and didn’t trail until there was less than two minutes in the second quarter. Isaiah Gibbons had 26 carries for 163 yards for the Imps.
Leesville Road 39, Athens Drive 3: No. 2 Leesville Road (3-0) shut down Athens Drive (2-2). Athens Drive and Green Hope are the only two SWAC teams who will play a conference game next week.
Athens will host the Falcons in a game moved up from later in the year to avoid having a game at Athens with the N.C. State Fair going on nearby.
Fuquay-Varina 22, West Johnston 17: Fuquay-Varina (2-1) held on in a close contest against No. 15 West Johnston (2-2).
Green Hope 49, Cleveland 28: Not since 2006 had No. 13 Green Hope (3-1) had a win like this. The Falcons poured it on in the fourth quarter to pull away from No. 9 Cleveland (2-2), who had back-to-back wins against No. 6 Garner and No. 15 West Johnston.
Panther Creek 24, Jordan 0: Two shutouts in a row for Panther Creek (2-1), this one against Jordan (1-3), should have the Catamounts ready for next week at Leesville.
Sanderson 27, Holly Springs 16: Holly Springs (0-3) is still winless on the year as visiting Sanderson (2-2) claimed the win.
In other action
Cardinal Gibbons 35, Broughton 28: The Crusaders (3-1) were up big early but held on to beat the Capitals.
Spring Creek 24, Wake Christian 20: The Bulldogs took the lead late in the third quarter but could not hold on.