Eric Hoy accounted for over 300 yards of total offensive and four touchdowns to lead Clayton to a 41-38 win at Southeast Raleigh Friday night.
The senior quarterback ran for 270 yards on 37 carries and three touchdowns, including a nine-yard score late in the fourth quarter.
Daniel Alioto added a 28-yard field goal with 70 seconds left. The Comets needed the insurance as Dylan Parham scored for the Bulldogs with three seconds to cut the lead to three points.
Clayton recovered the onside kick, however, to hang on for their sixth win on the season and preserving their playoff hopes.
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Parham threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns for Southeast Raleigh.
Holly Springs 45, Apex 39: Nehemiah Harris rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns as Holly Springs (6-5) clinched a playoff berth with a win over visiting Apex.
Entering the fourth quarter, Apex had scored a touchdown on every possession, but trailed 38-32. But on the Cougars’ first three drives of the final quarter, the Holly Springs defense forced a punt, a turnover on downs inside the red zone and recovered a fumble.
The teams combined for 934 yards of total offense, 11 touchdown drives of 60 yards or more and 10 lead changes.
Isaiah Totten rushed for 158 yards and a pair of scores for the Cougars (5-6).
Garner 63, Rolesville 12: Garner posted a staggering 497 total yards and 56 points in the opening two quarters on their way to 63-12 rout in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Garner enters next week’s state playoffs with a 10-1 record, the conference championship and a 10-game win streak, while Rolesville falls to 1-10. Garner will be seeded as a 10-0 team because team’s can drop one non-conference loss.
Nyheim Hines, who entered the contest with 1,691 yards rushing, had 223 on 27 carries when the horn sounded ending the second quarter, while Brodie West had completed 7 of 11 passes for 125 yards and four touchdowns. Neither played in the second half.
The Garner defense, meanwhile, throttled Roseville, holding the Rams to zero total yards and no first downs until Colby Cooper came back to Carnaji Andrews’ underthrown deep ball to beat double coverage and go 78 yards for a score 1:28 before intermission.
Up to that point, Andrews had been 5 of 17 passing for 11 yards with four interceptions and six tipped passes while absorbing a sack and several other big hits.
Athens Drive 15, Cary 10: Otumos Payemanu tossed a five yard touchdown pass to Brock Martin on the second play of the final quarter to lift Athens Drive (4-7, 3-4 Southwest Wake). Payemanu also scored on a 10 yard run as the Jaguars rushed for 212 yards. Athens senior Jamie Barnes finished with 25 carries for 130 yards.
Jack Long kicked a 32 yard field goal to put Cary (0-11, 0-7) in front 10-9 in the third quarter before Athens answered.
Cleveland 62, Western Harnett 17: The Rams tune up for the playoffs.
South Johnston 28, Smithfield-Selma 7: South Johnston’s DeParis Patterson completed 10 of 12 passes for 116 yards and rushed for 98 yards and two more .
The win earned the Trojans (5-6, 4-1) a share of the Two Rivers 3A title and a state playoff berth. SSS finished 3-8 and 2-3, its winningest season since 2009.
Eric Bowles carried 15 times for 92 yards for South, while Tyreekus Redick and Christopher Beasley caught the TD passes. The SSS touchdown came on Robert Hicks' 90-yard kickoff return in the closing seconds of the second quarter.
Northwood 31, Cardinal Gibbons 6: The Chargers dominated the game with their defense to climb to 9-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Eight 3A. Gibbons falls to 6-5, 3-4.
Southern Lee 14, Lee County 3: Southern Lee (7-4, 4-2 Cape Fear Valley 3A) blocked a punt to set up a short scoring drive and drove 67 yards for a touchdown. Lee is 9-2, 4-2.
Heritage 54, Broughton 6: The Huskies (8-3, 5-2 Cap Eight) got five rushing touchdowns from Matt Baker as they keep the No. 3 seed from the league into the playoffs. Broughton finished 1-10, 0-7.
Hillside 57, Person 0: The Hornets (7-4, 5-0) close the season with six straight wins. Person finished 2-9 and 1-4 in PAC Six 4A.
Northern Durham 34, Riverside 22: The Knights (4-7, 4-1) claim the No. 2 seed from the PAC-Six into the playoffs. Riverside is now 4-7, 3-2.
Princeton 52, Rosewood 12: Johnny Frasier rushed for 251 yards and Princeton scored on five of its first six possessions.
Wakefield 40, Leesville 35: Wakefield (6-5, 3-3 Cap Eight 4A) held off a late Leesville push.
West Johnston 42, Harnett Central 14: West Johnston (8-3, 5-2) is headed to the playoffs while Central’s 3-8, 2-5 season is over.
Davidson Day 61, North Raleigh Christian 13: Davidson Day advanced to the second round of the NCISAA Division II playoffs.
Reidsville 56, Carrboro 0: Carrboro’s season is over.
Franklinton 24, Southern Vance 22: Franklinton held on for the win.
Northern Vance 36, Oxford Webb 19: Northern Vance finishes with a win.
Louisburg 56, Weldon 12: Warriors cruise to win.
FAA downs drone: The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Friday that it contacted Green Hope High after the agency received a report that the school was using an unmanned aircraft to live stream football games. The FAA said unmanned aircraft are prohibited above large gatherings of people.
The Black Falcons club at the school had used a drone to live stream a game earlier this year and had planned to use a newly purchased drone to live stream Friday’s Southwest Wake Athletic Conference football game against Panther Creek.
“The letter advised the school requirements for operating unmanned aircraft, which are prohibited above large gatherings of people,” the FAA released said. “The FAA promotes voluntary compliance by educating individual UAS operators about how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws.”
Wake County Schools spokesperson Lisa Luten said on Thursday, “The drone program has been discontinued because of safety concerns.”
On Friday, the school system expanded its statement: “The Black Falcons, Green Hope High School’s cyber security club, will not fly the drone at (Friday’s) football game due to concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration. Wake County Public School System respects the FAA’s regulations, and will be reviewing our programs to ensure that future aircraft projects comply with safety guidelines.”
Mike Potter, Dave Malenick, Ron Wagner, Christian Worstell and Michael Held contributed to this story.