Colten Smith had 109 yards and four touchdowns as No. 5 Fuquay-Varina ran all over No. 13 Northwest Guilford and won 35-20 in the second round of the 4AA east playoffs.
Fuquay (12-1) punched a ticket to the third round for the first time since 2009, where they’ll face a familiar Southwest Wake Athletic Conference foe at Middle Creek – the same team that gave them their sole loss in the regular season.
“These kids keep fighting for each other, they always amaze me,” Hall said. “They know my rule, don’t go on Twitter, FaceSpace or any of that junk, we don’t talk about it and we just perform.”
Coming off a 215 yard and four touchdown performance the preceding week against Green Hope, Smith picked up 80 yards and a trio of scores in the first half.
After netting negative four yards on their first drive of the night, the Bengals drove 62 yards to take their first lead as Smith punched his first score from just outside the goal line to give the Bengals a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
After stalling on its first drive, Northwest Guilford (8-5) responded, going 69 yards en route to a Caleb Homol to Tre Turner connection that knotted the game up at 7-7.
From there, Smith took over the game, dominating the second quarter by rushing for scores of 30 and 13 yards to send Fuquay into the halftime break with a 21-7 lead.
Coming off of a huge upset win at Garner, Northwest Guilford wouldn’t be downed without a fight. The dual quarterback combo of Homol and Jake Smith lead a third quarter scoring drive capped off by a 25 yard reception by Tuner to close the deficit to 21-13.
The Fuquay offense came back to life in the fourth quarter, with Josh Arrington picking up the majority of his 186 yards rushing in the final period, including a 20 yard score.
The Fuquay defense would make three redzone stops in the fourth quarter to preserve its lead.
“We’re not going to be perfect, but we came together when we needed to,” four-year starter Austin Pluckhorn said. “This defense may bend, but we don’t break.”