Jacob Scott’s 65-yard, game-tying touchdown with four minutes to play was called back due to offensive pass interference away from the ball, and state-ranked Fayetteville Terry Sanford held on to defeat Cleveland 34-27.
Cleveland quarterback Caiden Norman threw for 170 yards.
Cardinal Gibbons 50, Cedar Ridge 7: Magnus Kaikai returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown and later scored on a four-yard gallop as Cardinal Gibbons (3-2) breezed by its old conference foe.
Five different Crusaders scored touchdowns. Running back Hunter Calo finished with a career high 70 yards on 12 carries. Wesley Wagner went 5-for-6 for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including a 43-yard strike to Alex Kuzy that broke the game open midway through the second quarter.
Gibbons fullback Brendan Schult opened the scoring with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone after Wanger hit Sean Nalesnik with a 12-yard pass.
Cape Fear 42, South Johnston 15: The 3A Trojans’ unbeaten stretch ended with a thud against the 4A Colts (4-1) from Fayetteville. South Johnston (4-1) was ranked No. 9 in The News & Observer area rankings.
Chapel Hill 41, East Chapel Hill 12: The Tigers (3-2) won the Hodgin Cup for the 12th straight year. Chapel Hill quickly scored 21 points in the opening 6 minutes, 12 seconds to put away the Wildcats (1-4).
Ricki McDowell ran in the first two touchdowns and Connor Stough threw for four scores in the game – three in the first two quarters as Chapel Hill rolled up a 34-0 lead by halftime.
Corinth Holders 56, C.B. Aycock 19: The Pirates (5-0) continue their hot start.
Fuquay-Varina 49, Athens Drive 7: The Bengals (5-0, 1-0) are still unbeaten after running for 300 yards and five touchdowns on homecoming night. Josh Arrington ran for a game-high 133 yards and scored one touchdown. Teammate Colten Smith had a game high four TDs (1 receiving, 3 rushing).
Jordan Johnson scored the only touchdown for Athens Drive on an 85-yard kick return in the first half.
Knightdale 27, Harnett Central 25: The Knights (4-1, 1-0 Greater Neuse River 4A) nearly blew a 24-point lead as the Trojans (1-4, 0-1) rallied with 22 points in the fourth quarter and pulled within the 2-point difference with 1:53 to play.
Knights quarterback Andre Willis had 12 carries for 169 yards and went 8-for-18 for 121 yards, having a part in three touchdowns. Harnett Central's Zaheed Stubbs finished with 22 carries for 146 yards.
Hillside 44, Halifax County (Va.) 3: The Hornets (2-2) ran roughshod over the visitors from Virginia.
Holly Springs 44, Jordan 7: Chris McKoy and Tray Staten both ran for a pair of touchdowns for Holly Springs (3-2) and Davis Ferguson threw two more to lead the Golden Hawks past Jordan (0-5).
Franklinton 32, J.F. Webb 27: With 50 seconds left in the game, and Franklinton down by one, Avery Wilder connected with Ricky Person in the corner of the end zone for a 38-yard score against double coverage to knock off the Warriors (3-2).
Lee County 14, Northwood 10: Lee (5-0) stopped the rushing attack of the Chargers (2-3) cold. The Yellow Jackets have yet to allow more than 18 points in any contest.
North Johnston 27, Smithfield-Selma 0: Quarterback Trey Whitley tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the North Johnston (4-1) defense pitched its first shutout of the season as the 2A Panthers turned back 3A Smithfield-Selma (0-5).
Matthew Griswold returned an interception 20 yards and Treshaw McPhatter scored on a 43-yard fourth quarter run for the Panthers’ other touchdowns.
Northern Vance 38, Carrboro 7: Returning home for the first time in nearly a month, Northern Vance (3-2) rolled by Carrboro (0-5). Quarterback Kristopher Haywood ran for three touchdowns for the Vikings. Carrboro’s lone score came on a 4-yard run by junior running back Tabian Sales.
Northern Vance senior James Alexander returned an interception for an 11-yard touchdown and Brooks Falkner added a 42-yard field goal.
Orange 51, Western Guilford 7: The No. 3 Panthers (5-0) scored the game’s first 51 points against the Hornets (0-5).
Person 21, Enloe 17: The Eagles (0-4) led 17-7 at halftime. The Rockets (3-2) scored 14 points in the third quarter for the difference.
Pinecrest 63, Southern Lee 14: The 3A Cavaliers, ranked No. 14 in The News & Observer area, were crushed by the state-ranked 4A Patriots.
Southern Durham 36, Northern Durham 13: Southern (3-2) quarterback Jalen Green threw five touchdown passes to lead the Spartans past old rival Northern (0-5).
Wake Christian 42, Hobbton 7: The Bulldogs are now 4-1 on the year.
Wakefield 36, Riverside 7: Wakefield (3-1) capitalized on five Riverside (0-4) turnovers. Marius Cooper caught three passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Khaaliq Lewis picked off two passes.
Western Harnett 8, Union Pines 5: The night’s biggest upset was the Eagles (1-4) knocking off the Vikings (4-1).
Bonitta Best, Tim Candon, Cale Colosimo, Jeff Hamlin, Leon Hargrove, Michael Held, Justin Hill, John Holt, David Justice, Aaron Moody, Ian Pierno and Elliott Warnock contributed.