Rodney Rowe made a triumphant return to action for Clayton with 129 yards and two touchdowns in his first game this season as Clayton rallied to defeat Knightdale 32-28. Rowe broke his collarbone on Aug. 11.
Blake Joyner also scored twice for Clayton, once on a 27-yard pass from Eric Hoy and once on a 5-yard run with 5:48 left that proved to be the clincher.
Hoy finished with 185 yards, including 126 passing yards on 9 for 14.
Four players scored rushing touchdowns for the Knights, one in each quarter. Joshua Schenck was Knightdale’s rushing leader with 57 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Athens Drive 20, Holly Springs 13: Jamie Barnes rushed for 115 yards and a score and Otumos Payemanu threw for a pair of touchdowns as visiting Athens Drive (2-5, 1-2 Southwest Wake) held off a late Holly Springs surge.
Corinth Holders 38, Franklinton 0: Corinth Holders cruised to its fourth consecutive victory with a convincing win over previously undefeated Franklinton.
The Pirates (4-2) dominated from the first quarter on, holding a 20-0 lead after the first seven minutes.
Cole Sakowski threw two touchdown passes and Howard Watson ran for another pair of scores.
Leesville 36, Broughton 26: Elisiahj Richardson caught touchdown passes of 50 and 64 yards, helping Leesville Road rally past Broughton in a Cap Eight 4A game.
The Pride’s Clay Vick threw for 187 yards and Mike Dehaney ran for 136.
Dehaney scored on a 4-yard run with 5:43 left in the third quarter, giving Leesville its first lead of the game. That was followed by a 13-yard scoring run by Mason Pyper in the fourth.
A Broughton (1-5, 0-2) trick play on the ensuing drive would cut their deficit to one possession. With the offense on the Leesville 21-yard line, Owen Wilkinson completed a 9-yard pass to Dominic Ford at the 11-yard line. With two defenders on him, Ford lateraled the ball to Stephen McGowan who ran it in to make it a 3-point deficit.
The Pride went back to the deep ball, as Vick hooked up with Richardson again, this time for 64 yards down the right sideline, with eight minutes left.
Southeast Raleigh 32, Harnett Central 27: Southeast quarterback Dylan Parham scrambled 9 yards for a touchdown with 30 seconds left as the Bulldogs move to 2-0 in the Greater Neuse and 3-3 overall.
Cardinal Gibbons 24, Oxford Webb 0: Gibbons (5-1, 2-0 Big Eight 3A) handled Webb on homecoming night to set up a key game with league-leader Southern Durham on Friday. Anton Stoneking passed for 168 yards. Webb falls to 2-4, 0-2.
Orange 57, Northern Vance 13: The Panthers climb to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Eight 3A. Northern Vance slips to 1-5, 0-2.
East Wake 42, Rolesville 12: East Wake wore red socks and Rolesville adorned their helmets with the initial IL in honor of Isaiah Langston, a Rolesville junior who collapsed last week before the Rams played Southeast Raleigh. Langston died on Monday.
Lee County 38, Fayetteville Byrd 6: Lee County climbed to 7-0 with the non-conference win.
Northwood 45, Cedar Ridge 6: Ti Pinnix passed for 218 yards and four touchdowns, including 143 yards and two scores to Kadarus Rone. Northwood (5-1, 1-1 in Big Eight 3A) built a 31-0 halftime lead.
Wake Christian 52, Harrells Academy 48: Luke Ryals ran 2 yards with 23.7 seconds left for the winning touchdown and lift Wake Christian to the independent win.
Southampton 60, St. David’s 28: Southampton over-powered St. David’s despite 188 rushing yards by Melvin Briggs and 196 yards passing by Garrett Lewis.