The Hornets defeated Northern Durham for the ninth straight time to take sole possession of first place in the PAC Six 4A.
Hillside quarterback Nas Forte-Ferguson threw for two touchdowns, and freshman running back Jamal Currie-Elliott, who was brought up from junior varsity two weeks ago, rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns – all in the first half.
The Hornets (5-4, 3-0) led 34-7 at halftime before the Knights (2-7, 2-1) made a brief rally in the third quarter with two quick touchdowns to pull to 34-21. But Hillside answered with 21 straight points.
Wakefield 44, Broughton 37 OT: Broughton came from 21 points down to force overtime, but Wakefield’s Matt McKay scored in overtime for the victory
On second down, McKay ran to the left side of the field and into the end zone from nine yards out for the opening overtime score. Broughton’s Stephen Chambers’ fourth-and-5 run was stopped in the backfield by two Wolverine defenders to seal the victory.
After a Charlie Morris 23-yard field goal with 11:19 left in the game, Wakefield led 37-16. Josh Roberts scored on a two-yard run to cut the deficit to 14 points. After a defensive stand, Broughton got the ball back, and behind a ground attack featuring Chambers and Dominic Ford, the Caps cut the deficit to a touchdown following Ford’s one-yard rushing score.
On second down at the Wakefield 27 yard line, Ford escaped a defender near the left sideline and lobbed a throw to Patrick Link to tie the game.
Sophomore running back Rico Jenkins, playing his second game, scored on an eight-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 104 yards on the ground.
West Johnston 48, Southeast Raleigh 34: West Johnston stormed past Southeast Raleigh with 26 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Cameron Williams threw for 133 yards and three touchdowns while adding 168 more yards on the ground and an additional score.
The Wildcats’ Tony Mack rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns to help move West Johnston into a tie with the Bulldogs in third place in the Greater Neuse Conference.
The win overshadowed a pair of great performances for the Bulldogs as Dylan Parham threw for 282 yards and three scores and Jaquell Taylor haued in 13 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
Southern Durham 60, Cedar Ridge 14: Southern Durham, No. 1 in the N&O rankings and the top ranked 3A team in the state, had no trouble in the Big Eight 3A victory. The Spartans (9-0, 5-0) took control early against Cedar Ridge (3-6, 1-4).
Middle Creek 24, Athens Drive 21: The Mustangs stop a two-game losing streak with the Southwest Wake Athletic win.
Orange 49, Webb 0: Panthers (9-0, 5-0 Big Eight) face Cardinal Gibbons next week before showdown on Nov. 9 against Southern Durham. Webb (2-7, 0-5) has lost five straight.
Orange scored on its first five possessions. Garrett Cloer threw hit Eryk Brandon-Dean with a 9-yard scoring strike on Orange’s first possession and later found Drew Lemaster for a 46-yard touchdown pass that ended the scoring with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the third quarter.
Cloer ran in two more touchdowns, his 1-yard plunge early in the third quarter staring a running clock after Orange took a 42-0 lead.
Fayetteville Sanford 14, Lee County 12: Terry Sanford broke up a two-point conversion pass with 38 seconds left to claim the Cape Fear Valley win over the previously undefeated Jackets.
Northwood 56, Northern Vance 7: Ti Pinnix passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns as Northwood (7-2, 3-2 Big Eight 3A) ran away with the win. Northern Vance is 1-8, 0-5.
Fuquay-Varina 21, Cary 7: Two long touchdowns from Eric Sugarman propelled Fuquay-Varina (4-5) to an early 14-0 lead, while fellow running back Damarus Williams put the game away with a short touchdown run. Cary (0-9) made it interesting after the first drive of the second half when James Gressett rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown to cut the Bengals’ lead to 14-7.
Fuquay-Varina had a chance to put the game away for good, but turned the ball over on downs from inside the ten yard line in the fourth quarter.
St. David’s 70, Northeast Academy 13: Melvin Briggs rushed for seven touchdowns in the eight-man football win.
Charlotte Christian 44, Ravenscroft 0: Ravenscroft (5-5, 2-0) had been on a scoring tear, but couldn’t scratch in the road loss.
Person 42, East Chapel Hill 6: East Chapel Hill (0-9, 0-3 PAC-6 4A), which forfeited last week because it didn’t have enough healthy players, were overwhelmed by the Rockets (2-7, 1-2).
Sanderson 24, Enloe 21: D.J. Ward intercepted a pass in the final minute to help Sanderson (3-6, 2-3 Cap Eight 4A) hold on against the Eagled (2-7, 0-5) have not been consistent enough to win in the league.
Riverside 48, Jordan 13: Riverside (3-6, 2-1) looks like the PAC Six 4A’s second-best team behind Durham Hillside. Jordan falls to 1-8, 1-2.
South Johnston 28, Western Harnett 14: DeParis Patterson rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Trojans (4-5, 3-0 in Two Rivers 3A) past Western Harnett (3-6, 0-3).
Smithfield-Selma 14, Triton 7: Tyler McDougald scored on a nine-yard run with a minute left to lift Smithfield-Selma (3-6, 2-1 Two Rivers 3A) past Triton (0-9, 0-3).
McDougle’s touchdown capped a four-play 23-yard drive set up by C.J. Turner’s interception of a Tyler Wade pass at the Spartans’ 40-yard with three minutes to play, returning it to the Hawks’ 23.
Mistakes, which have haunted the Spartans over recent years, came to their aid as two Triton touchdowns were called back due to penalties.
The Spartans also forced three turnovers by the Hawks, including a fumble at the Spartans’ two yard line and two interceptions, including Turner’s which set up the game-winning drive.
Wake Christian 45, North Raleigh 14: Wake Christian (7-3, 2-1) gradually pulled away from the visiting Knights.
Bonitta Best, Cale Colosimo, Jay Mumford and Michael Held contributed to this report.