Cole Nigro ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns as Sanderson earned its first Cap-8 4A victory of the season with a 33-20 win over Broughton on Friday at Caps Stadium.
While Sanderson (2-6, 1-3 Cap-8) ended a four-game losing streak. Broughton is 1-7, 0-4.
“It’s great,” Sanderson coach Ben Kolstad said. “We’ve gone through a whole lot of stuff this year, and I’m proud of the resiliency of our kids. They stayed with it, and they fought. It’s good to get a win under our belt, and we’ve got three more to try to get after it.”
The Spartans’ running game was dominant, as Sanderson ran for 374 yards. Nigro had TD runs of 1, 3 and 30 yards, while Dejuan Dye carried 20 times for 148 yards.
“We challenged the guys to be physical tonight: (run) downhill, take care of the football,” Kolstad said. “We didn’t turn the ball over at all tonight, so we did that well.”
Sanderson wide receiver Trevon Gay caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and ran 34 yards for another.
Broughton quarterback Owen Wilkinson threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions.
South Johnston 26, Corinth Holders 7: South ended 14th-ranked Corinth Holders’ five-game winning streak and jumped into the Two Rivers 3A Conference title race with the victory.
The Trojans (3-5 overall, 2-0 conference) held the Pirates (5-3, 1-1) to 195 yards of offense on the night.
“We’ve had the talent and the ability to play like this on defense all year,” said first-year South coach Hunter Jenks.
Sophomore quarterback Deparis Patterson threw for one TD and ran for another, finishing with 94 yards rushing and 165 passing on 13-of-21 attempts.
Eric Bowles ran 2 yards for a TD to open the South scoring after a bad punt snap gave the Trojans the ball inside of the Corinth Holders’ 15-yard-line. Devin Harris ran for a 6-yard TD to answer the Pirates’ only score (a 24-yard Howard Watson jaunt) in the third quarter. And Christopher Beasley pulled in a 5-yard TD pass from Patterson in the fourth quarter.
Garner 60, Harnett Central 27: Garner scored on all eight of its first half possessions as it claimed the Greater Neuse 4A win. Nyheim Hines stole the show with six touchdowns (five rushing), running for 211 yards on 16 carries and hauling in four receptions for 69 yards.
The Trojans (7-1, 4-0 Greater Neuse River Conference) recorded touchdowns on their first nine possessions and took a 60-13 lead early in the third quarter. Garner quarterback Brodie West threw for 123 yards and three touchdowns.
Clayton 40, Rolesville 26: Clayton (5-3, 2-2 Greater Neuse) topped Rolesville (0-8, 0-4).
Apex 40, Cary 10: Isaiah Totten rushed for four touchdowns and the Cougars intercepted four Cary passes en route to the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A win. Totten rushed for 155 yards.
Apex safety Ben Foote intercepted two passes and the Cougars led 26-3 at the half.
Trevion Hackney ran for 141 yards and scored the Imps’ touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Cardinal Gibbons 34, Northern Vance 12: Gibbons (6-2, 3-1 in Big Eight 3A) handled Northern Vance (1-6, 0-3) .
Jordan 17, Person 14: Jordan (1-7, 1-1 PAC-Six 4A) ended a 16-game losing streak. Person, which lost to Northern Durham on Monday, is 0-2, 1-7.
Ravenscroft 44, North Raleigh 14: Ravenscroft (5-4, 2-0) built a 30-0 halftime lead. North Raleigh fell to 1-6, 0-2. The Ravens have outscored their last three opponents 92-14.
Smithfield-Selma 15, Western Harnett 12: Smithfield-Selma scored on a two-yard run in the final minutes to knock off Western Harnett (3-5, 0-2) in a Two Rivers 3A game. Smithfield-Selma is 2-6, 1-1.
Wake Christian 54, Fayetteville Christian 0: Wake Christian cruised to a 48-0 halftime lead.
St. David’s 60, Lawrence Academy 0: Coach Daniel Evans’ Warriors built a 51-0 halftime lead in the eight-man game.
Roanoke Rapids 38, Bunn 35: Roanoke Rapids held off the Wildcats for the Northern Carolina 2A victory.
Leesville Road 28, Enloe 13: Mike Dehaney rushed for 203 yards in leading the Pride to the Cap Eight win. Leesville (5-3, 3-1 Cap Eight) led 14-13 at the half. Leesville quarterback Clay Vick threw for 205 yards and two scores.
Enloe quarterback Cameron Lewis led the way for the Eagles with 105 rushing yards and two early touchdowns.
Cleveland 62, Erwin Triton 26: Triton, which hasn’t won a game, jumped on Cleveland early, but the Rams offense wore the Hawks down.
East Chapel Hill forfeits: East Chapel Hill (0-8, 0-2) forfeited its PAC-Six 4A game to Northern Durham (now 2-6, 2-0). East Chapel Hill has fewer than 30 players in its program and had players injured this week.
D. Clay Best, Tim Candon, Michael Held, Jay Mumford, Cale Colosimo and Lee Montgomery contributed to this story.