Western Harnett 20, Southern Lee 7
SANFORD — Arron Morris was coming.
It was as if the play was being made in slow motion. The pass in the flat. The catch. Morris coming like a freight train.
And hitting like a battering ram.
Catch and pop, and then the oohs of the scattered crowd on a rain-soaked night. It was the hit of the year, and signified the new Western Harnett Eagles.
Chris Flack rushed for two touchdowns and Shawn McLean ran for 103 yards and a score as the Eagles continued to improve their postseason hopes with a 20-7 victory over Southern Lee on Friday night.
Western Harnett (3-6, 3-2), which entered the season with a 22-game losing streak that expanded to 26 games, has won three of its last four games — all Cape Fear Valley Conference games — and is one victory away from becoming playoff eligible a year after two winless years.
The Eagles marched down the field twice on the Cavaliers (1-7, 0-5), who are still seeking their first league win and have been eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in the program’s three-year history.
Middle Creek 13, Lee County 12
SANFORD — Two missed field goals, a botched extra point, a failed 2-point conversion and another second-half meltdown led to Lee County’s demise on Friday night.
Leading 12-0 at halftime against Middle Creek, the Yellow Jackets were outscored 13-0 in the second half as the Mustangs spoiled homecoming for the Lee County faithful with their 13-12 victory.
The loss was Lee County’s seventh in a row as the Jackets fall to 1-8 on the season and are still winless in the Tri-8 Conference with an 0-5 record.
“I feel like we played some good football for the majority of the game,” said Lee County head coach Jody Stouffer. “We just couldn’t put it all together and made some tough decisions down the stretch.”
The Mustangs improve to 2-3 in the Tri-8 and move to 3-6 overall.
Orange 31, Northwood 26
PITTSBORO — Having recovered an onside kick and picked up one first down, it appeared as if the Northwood Chargers were on their way to inching closer to another Mid-State Conference title.
And then they fumbled.
Orange recovered the ball, marched to a touchdown with under a minute remaining and held on for a 31-26 victory in football on Friday night.
The Chargers (7-2, 3-1) fell behind 19-6 before tying the game at 19 and then taking the lead at 26-19, only to see Orange (5-4, 3-1) come roaring back.
“Our motto is to finish, and we just didn’t finish the ballgame tonight,” said Northwood coach Bill Hall. “Orange is a good football team, but we feel like we let one get away tonight.”
Ridge Smith had six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown while running for 61 yards and a score to lead the Chargers, who rolled up more than 420 yards of total offense and had 23 first downs. Quarterback Sam Griffin was 18 of 32 for 274 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Chatham Central postpones game
BEAR CREEK — Chatham Central’s football game against East Montgomery, which was scheduled for Friday night, was postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.
The two teams will play on Monday at 7 p.m.