The Knights and Crusaders went scoreless through the first quarter, but made up for in the final three quarters with plenty of offensive fireworks as the Rams knocked the Crusaders from the ranks of the undefeated with a 44-35 win. Cleveland (3-1) went up 10-0 over the home team before Jacob Gill scored on a 35-yard run to put the home team on the board. Rams’ defender Jayen Vinson then returned an interception for a touchdown with 3:41 remaining in the first half to put Cleveland ahead 17-6.
Cardinal Gibbons (3-1) struck first in the second half when Cameron Noble bullied his way into the endzone, making it a four point game with the visiting Rams nursing a 17-14 lead after the PAT. Cleveland went up 10 (24-14) after a 20-yard run from Joi Williams.
Down but not out, Nick Frey connected with Jacob Gill for a 35-yard score to make it 34-21 late in the third. Frey connected with Ethan Herb for a 41-yard score to make it 41-35 with under five minutes remaining in the game.
Wake Forest 31, Leesville Road 18
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The battle of two unbeaten schools drew a crowd that had cars parked down Stadium Drive in Wake Forest as the two-time defending champs improved to 4-0 with a win over their former conference foe.
The Courgars jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Pride wide receiver/kicker Noah Burnette scored 11 points on his own to pull Leesville within 10 in the third. Wake Forest scored 10 unanswered to start the fourth, giving the home team some breathing room en route to their 35th consecutive victory. Senior wide receiver Traevon Kenion scored three touchdowns for the Cougars.
New Hanover 41, Garner 40
The Wildcats crushed the Trojans (2-2) with a last second touchdown to win a wild one in Wilmington. New Hanover quarterback Blake Walston hit Jaheim Marshall with no time remaining on the clock.
The Trojans went ahead with 55 seconds remaining before New Hanover (2-2) went on the game-winning drive.
Knightdale 33, Broughton 6
Knightdale (3-1) led by just one touchdown in the second quarter, but the defense pitched a second-half shutout, and Broughton dropped to 3-1 on the season.
Enloe 43, Athens Drive 10
For the first time in 10 years, the Eagles are 4-0 after a convincing 33-point win over Athens Drive. Enloe jumped out to an early 22-0 lead and never looked back, leading the home team 29-3 at the break. The Eagles held Anthens Drive out of the endzone until the 3:08 mark of the game. Enloe has now outscored their opponents 79-16 in the last two games.
Heritage 28, Sanderson 12
Heritage scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to win its second consecutive game. The Huskies (3-1) led 14-6 at the break. After a scoreless third quarter by both teams, Heritage put the Spartans (2-2) with two late scores.
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