Cameron Williams ran for three touchdowns and threw for another score as West Johnston defeated county rival South Johnston, 40-20.
Williams ran for scores of 72, 27 and 7 yards as the Wildcats built a 21-0 first-half lead to start their season 2-0 for the second year in a row. South Johnson’s Eric Bowles tallied two rushing scores and quarterback DeParis Patterson threw for 209 yards in the loss.
Middle Creek 35, Fayetteville E.E. Smith 21: Middle Creek fell behind 14-0 in the first half after Smith scored, recovered a pooch kick and scored again, but the Mustangs came roaring back.
Middle Creek converted after recovering a fumble and added an interception return for a score.
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Orange 18, Northern Durham 0: Orange held Northern to 22 yards total offense and Panther fullback Michael Bolden rushed for two touchdowns at Durham County Memorial Stadium. It’s the third straight year Orange has started 2-0.
Northern tried three quarterbacks against the powerful Orange’s defensive front, but none made a difference. The Panthers made six sacks and held Northern to four first downs.
The Knights’ Atavion Oliver blocked two punts, both of which set up Northern for drives in the Orange red zone. Yet each ended with three-and-outs.
Bunn 47, North Johnston 0: Bunn scored on seven of their nine possessions and rushed for 459 yards. The Wildcats spread the running load among Thomas Jones (132 yards), Devante Caldwell (109), Ashton Avery (99) and Tevin Perry (92).
“We’ve got some quick backs, and we have some big linemen,” Wildcats coach David Howle said. “They all did a great job. Our backs were able to do it because of our linemen.”
North (0-2) had 87 yards on the ground and 98 yards in total offense.
Chapel Hill 24, South Granville 6: Brandon Wendel caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Connor Stough, and Austin Turner returned a fumble 40 yards for another touchdown as the Tigers (2-0) scored twice 4 minutes apart in the second quarter to rally.
A Viking penalty on a fourth down in (0-2) South Granville territory breathed life into a fourth-quarter Tiger drive and led to an 8-yard touchdown run by Ricki McDowell that iced the win.
The Tigers held South Granville to 143 yards of total offense, all but 4 coming on the ground.
Stough sparked Chapel Hill’s offense with his 13-for-19 passing for 173 yards without an interception.
Carrboro 45, East Chapel Hill 12: Trai Sharp scored three times in the first quarter to lead Carrboro. Sharp scored on the Jaguars’ first play, a 71-yard run, and followed with touchdown runs of 21 and 25 yards. He had 13 carries for 186 yards.
East Chapel Hill’s Amier Austin had 184 yards on 23 carries.
Carrboro received several big plays from lineman Theodore Bilden. On two plays in the second half, Wildcats quarterback Brater Gerber dropped back and was quickly under pressure, and both times tried to get rid of the ball quickly. Bilden was right there for two interceptions.
Princeton 28, Midway 7: Bulldogs climb to 2-0 with first win against Midway since 1979.
Lee 47, Greensboro Smith 0: The Jackets had no trouble moving to 2-0.
Providence Day 17, Ravenscroft 0: Providence Day rushed for 328 yards and held Ravenscroft to 173 total yards in the independent victory.
Northwood 14, Southern Lee 8: Northwood’s high-powered offense was almost completely stymied, but the Chargers scored in the fourth quarter and held on for the win.
Davidson Day 55, North Raleigh 0: Davidson Day built a 48-0 halftime lead and cruised to the victory.
Smithfield-Selma 21, Southern Wayne 20: Smithfield-Selma intercepted a pass in the closing minute to preserve the win.
Kinston Parrott 46, St. David’s 40: St. David’s fell behind, but rallied to keep it close in an eight-man game. Garrett Lewis passed for 157 yards and Reef Ivey rushed for 121.
Cedar Ridge 16, Southern Vance 0: The Red Wolves posted the shutout win.
Franklinton 39, Louisburg 23: Senior Rondez Taylor, a converted wide receiver, threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for three more as host Franklinton overcame an early deficit.
The Red Reds (2-0) trailed 14-0 less than 6 minutes in before clawing back – a quest that began when Taylor found Dillon Sykora on a 16-yard, fourth-down scoring pass with 3:08 remaining in the first quarter.
But FHS didn’t move ahead until Taylor threw across his body to Yush Smith in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown with 2:48 left in the third quarter.
Franklinton tacked on two late scores.
Heritage 39, Rolesville 0: Heritage welcomed new neighbor Rolesville to its home-opener Friday night, but that’s where the hospitality ended.
Heritage’s defense was solid, its offensive line gave quarterback Blake Walters plenty of time and running back Matt Baker several holes.
The special teams also forced a safety when an errant snap squirted into the end zone making Rams quarterback Carnaji Andrews kick the ball through the back of the end zone. The safety gave the Huskies a 16-0 second-quarter lead.
“We really wanted to be able to control the game, and I felt like we did,” Heritage coach Jason McGeorge said.
Heritage’s offense scored early and often pushing to a 30-0 halftime lead.
“We wanted to start strong and stay strong. I wanted our defense to come out at halftime and keep that mentality. So I’m very pleased. You don’t get shutouts very often,” McGeorge said.
Walters led the Huskies going 9-for-11 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Mathew Baker added two touchdowns and 60 yards rushing, before both players were lifted at halftime.
Warren County 48, Northern Vance 15: Dyami Worthen ran for 200 yards in the win.
Western Harnett 32, Harnett Central 21: Eagles pull away late to beat Central for the first time since 2004.
George Washington 35, Person 0 : Rockets fall to Danville, Va., club.
Hickory Grove 27, Wake Christian 7: Wake Christian scored late to dodge shutout.
Rocky Mount 51, Oxford Webb 7: Warriors fell behind 31-7 in the first half.