Athens Drive 41, Lee County 33
RALEIGH — Once again, it was a second-half surge that resulted in Lee County’s sixth straight loss.
The Yellow Jackets dropped to 0-4 in the Tri-8 Conference and to 1-7 overall with their 41-33 loss to Athens Drive on Friday night.
Omar Murriell recorded 200 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns for Lee County. Darius Britton scored the other touchdown on the ground and had nine carries and 33 yards.
Lee County scored on its very first play of the game when Murriell ran for 66 yards for the score. At the half, the Yellow Jackets took a 20-14 lead.
Then came the Jaguars.
In the third quarter, Athens Drive quarterback Ross Snotherly found Louis Wilder open down field for a 95-yard pass completion that resulted in six points for the Jags. The extra point gave them the lead at 21-20.
From then on, the Jaguars outscored the Jackets 20-13 en route to the win. Snotherly finished with 373 yards passing.
Gray’s Creek 36, Southern Lee 6
SANFORD — Twice the Southern Lee Cavaliers were knocking on the door.
Neither time did they get through.
Gray’s Creek stoned the Cavaliers on two prime scoring opportunities early in the game and turned things quickly in its favor, ripping off 29 unanswered points en route to a 36-6 victory over Southern Lee on Friday night.
The Cavaliers (1-6, 0-4), in desperate need of a victory to keep their slimming postseason hopes alive, marched 39 yards on their opening offensive series to the Bears’ 1-yard line, but failed to pick up a first down on fourth-and-1 to come away with nothing.
Two plays later, though, Southern Lee had the ball ball when Tirrell McIver recovered Gray’s Creek quarterback Matt Reed’s fumble on the 12-yard line.
But this time the Cavaliers only went backwards, and with 3:28 left in the opening quarter, Jake Brower’s 37-yard field goal attempt fell short in a steady rain, leaving the game scoreless.
And giving the Bears new life.
Western Harnett 26, South Johnston 17
LILLINGTON — The Western Harnett Eagles are officially making a playoff push.
Just a couple of weeks after snapping a 26-game losing streak, Western Harnett stunned defending Cape Fear Valley Conference champion South Johnston 26-17 on Friday night.
Recovering from an early 17-0 deficit, Eagles running back Chris Flack ran for three touchdowns and caught a 50-yard scoring pass from Jared Bohn to clinch the victory and move Western Harnett (2-6, 2-2) within two victories of having enough wins to qualify for the state playoffs.
The Trojans (3-5, 1-3) led 17-0 with 5:54 to go in the first half, but Flack scored on a 7-yard run to make it 17-7 entering the break.
After that it was all Western Harnett. Flack, who finished with a game-high 79 yards rushing, scored from 30 yards and from 3 yards to give the Eagles a 20-17 lead with 3:03 to go in the third quarter. His scoring reception came with just under 9 minutes to go in the game, and the Western Harnett defense made the lead stand up.
Sergio Carillo added 57 yards rushing while Sean McLean had 53 on the ground for the Eagles. Bohn threw for 148 yards as the Eagles rolled up 345 yards of offense.
South Johnston quarterback Pat Dunigan finished 16-for-26 for 241 yards.
Western Harnett hosts struggling Southern Lee next week.
Northwood 7, Cummings 0, OT
BURLINGTON — Northwood defensive back Tra Chandler saved the Chargers not once, but twice.
Chandler knocked down a fourth-down pass in the waning seconds of regulation and then did it again on fourth down in overtime to help Northwood remain unbeaten in the Mid-State Conference with a 7-0 win over Cummings in overtime on Friday night.