Eagles power past South Johnston
Western Harnett 29, South Johnston 22
The Eagles (4-5, 2-1) made it four wins in their last five games and back-to-back Two Rivers Conference wins at South Johnston (2-6, 1-2) Friday night.
Western Harnett rallied from a 15-6 halftime deficit. Senior Laron Gilchrist led the Eagle offense rushing 22 times for 164 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Austin Speck scored on a 1-yard run to bring the Eagles within a 7-6 South Johnston lead in the second quarter.
Gartrel Barnes scored on 6-yard run with 10:20 remaining in the third quarter and a two-point run by the Eagles cut South Johnston's lead to 15-14.
A 20-yard Gilchrist touchdown run gave Western Harnett its first lead with 11:50 to play. Barnes added a 17-yard touchdown run with 5:12 remaining and the Eagles led 29-15. South Johnston scored a touchdown with six seconds remaining.
Darius Alston had 15 carries for 93 yards. Barnes had 11 carries for 93 yards. Brandon Tymes had eight rushes for 47 yards. The Eagles totaled 366 rushing yards and didn't attempt a pass.
Western Harnett will travel to face county, and now conference, rival Triton (7-2, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Triton 48, Smithfield-Selma 14
A 102-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior Emmanuel Myles highlighted an easy conference victory for the host Hawks (7-2, 2-1) Friday night.
Triton jumped out to a 21-0 lead and the 102-yard return by Myles made it 35-7 Hawks in the second quarter.
Jeremy Leggett passed to D'Angelo Harris for a 56-yard touchdown for the first touchdown. Leggett connected with Matthew Webb for a 17-yard touchdown pass for the next Hawk touchdown.
Harris finished with five carries for 130 yards and a 39-yard touchdown run. Zach Wade carried 11 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Triton will host Western Harnett at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Pine Forest 48, Overhills 38
Overhills (2-7, 0-4) battled back and forth against Pine Forest (9-1, 4-1) for much of the contest but the Trojans scored 35 points in the second half to get a Mid-South Athletic victory Friday night.
Jaguar junior Quincy Ridley returning the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.
Chanler Renna returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown for the next Jaguar touchdown, making it 12-10 Overhills in the second quarter.
The Jaguars led 20-13 at halftime and took the lead again, 26-23, when Tylo Rogers connected with Curtis Williams for a 51-yard touchdown pass.
Pine Forest scored the next two touchdowns and kept the lead from there.
Rogers was 12-for-28 passing for 260 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Williams caught five passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Overhills will play its regular-season home finale versus E.E. Smith at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Northwood 51, Northern Vance 17
Charger running back Kadarus Rone rushed for 123 yards and Montel Goods added 106 yards on the ground as Northwood (7-2, 3-2) crushed winless Northern Vance in Big Eight Conference action in Henderson Friday night.
Rone scored the game’s opening touchdown on a 3-yard run 0:58 into the game.
Following Northern Vance taking a 7-6 lead, Charger quarterback Ti Pinnix scored on a 59-yard run and Pinnix passed to Imoh Udoh for a 21-yard touchdown play. The Chargers led 21-11 after a quarter and 37-11 at halftime.
Pinnix connected with Jalen Smith on a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Goods carried for touchdowns of 11 yards and 15 yards.
Reserve quarterback Jacob Fowler threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Colby Stallings to close out the scoring in the fourth quarter.
Pinnix was 10-for-20 passing for 101 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Northwood will play its regular-season home finale hosting Chapel Hill at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Jordan-Matthews 28, Carrboro 7
The Jets celebrated homecoming in Siler City by snapping a six-game losing streak versus the visiting Jaguars (4-5, 1-2).
Josh Hudson passed to Caleb Nixon for a 9-yard touchdown play to put the Jets on the board first early in the second quarter. Just before halftime, Rahman Mateen passed to Cyrus Scotton for a 35-yard touchdown and the Jets led 21-0 at halftime.
Running back Trajan Glover carried for 131 yards and a touchdown for the Jets.
Jordan-Matthews (3-6, 1-2) has a Mid-State game at Bartlett Yancey this coming Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Union Academy 57, Chatham Central 8
The visiting Cardinals (5-3, 4-2) handed Chatham Central (1-8, 0-6) its sixth straight loss Friday night in Bear Creek.
Cardinal quarterback Craig Twele went 6-for-9 passing for 140 yards and five touchdowns. Union Academy led 50-0 at halftime.
The Bears will host North Moore at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Pinecrest 51, Purnell Swett 34
The Patriots (8-1, 2-1) scored the first 23 points of the game and kept going to a Southeastern Conference win on homecoming in Southern Pines Friday night.
Christian Ledbetter passed to Kahner George for a 23-yard touchdown for the first points of the night. Jackson Maples made field goals from 46 and 50 yards to make it 13-0 Patriots.
Ledbetter scored with a 1-yard run, followed by Maples booting a field goal from 47 yards to make it 23-0.
Purnell Swett (2-7, 0-3) closed within 23-12 but that was as narrow as the Pinecrest lead got. Troy Roper got the next touchdown on a 43-yard run.
Roper finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Josh McCoy had 12 carries for 118 yards.
Ledbetter went 6-for-12 passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Pinecrest will host Richmond (8-1, 3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Douglas Byrd 49, Union Pines 0
Douglas Byrd (8-2, 5-0) crushed the visiting Vikings (4-6, 1-4) to clinch at least a share of the Cape Fear Valley Conference title on Friday night.
Quarterback/running back Alonzo Hurtado had 51 rushing yards and a touchdown while passing for two touchdowns for the Eagles.
The Eagles held Union Pines to 66 rushing yards.
The Vikings will finish their regular season hosting Gray's Creek at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
East Montgomery 40, North Moore 6
East Montgomery (6-4, 5-2) rolled to a Yadkin Valley win in Robbins on Friday night. The Mustangs (1-9, 1-6) will finish their regular season at Chatham Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday.