Friday Night Football — Oct. 31, 2008

Lee County 21, Green Hope 19

APEX — Finally. 

After eight straight defeats, Lee County earned its first Tri-8 Conference win of the season with a thrilling 21-19 victory over winless Green Hope on Friday night. 

The Yellow Jackets (2-8, 1-6) were led by the powerful running duo of fullbacks in senior Darius Britton and sophomore Cedric Gray. 

Gray led the team with 150 yards on 24 carries and a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:24 remaining in the second quarter. His score and Patrick Hamel’s extra point put the Yellow Jackets ahead 7-0. 

Britton had 13 carries for 55 yards and a 1-yard score that propelled the Jackets to a 14-0 lead at the half. 

As they have done in the previous three games, the Yellow Jackets gave up a score on the Falcons’ first drive of the third quarter as Kameron Bryant found Matt Burke for a 12-yard touchdown strike. The extra-point failed and the Jackets led 14-6. 

However, as they have not done in the previous three games, the Yellow Jackets avoided another meltdown and regained the momentum with a quick score of their own. Carson Wilson found Chris Thompson for a 7-yard strike as the Yellow Jackets moved ahead 21-6. 

Harnett Central 25, Southern Lee 15

SANFORD — Fourth-and-9.

Up by only six points. In the fourth quarter. 

The ninth-ranked team in the state, still unbeaten, still playing for a conference championship, deciding to possibly put the game on the line near midfield.

By going for it.

On fourth-and-nine.

As if they, not the one-win Southern Lee Cavaliers, had nothing to lose.

But with the state’s biggest upset potentially hanging in the balance, Harnett Central quarterback Tate Wheelin dropped back and delivered a strike to a streaking Brian Baker for a 20-yard gain and the first down.

Five plays later, Darius McKoy plunged into the end zone from 4 yards out to give the Trojans a 27-15 lead, which proved to be enough to down Southern Lee on Friday night.

“We had a chance in the fourth quarter,” said Southern Lee coach Bill Maczko. “That’s been the story all year. We had a chance to win the ballgame in the fourth quarter but couldn’t find a way to do it.”

Northwood 25, Cedar Ridge 14

HILLSBOROUGH — Demetrius Thompson rushed for two touchdowns as Northwood came from behind to clip Cedar Ridge 25-14 on Friday night.

The Chargers (8-2, 4-1), seeking to snare at least a share of their third straight Mid-State Conference championship, fell behind 14-12 at the half.

But Tra Chandler, who returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, had an interception and a fumble recovery while Makalyn Simmons had two fumble recoveries to help Northwood to the victory.

Overhills 14, Western Harnett 7

SPRING LAKE — The Overhills Jaguars are now playoff-eligible with their fourth win of the season as they defeated the Western Harnett Eagles 14-7 Friday night. 

The teams traded scores in the first quarter, as Western Harnett’s Jared Bohn’s 59 yard TD strike to Shawn McLean was answered by an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Overhills’ Karl Clemens. 

It was a defensive struggle most of the night, as Overhills (4-6, 3-3) managed only 145 yards of offense and Western Harnett (3-7, 3-3) recorded 244, 174 from the arm of Jared Bohn. 

 But in the fourth quarter, Overhills quarterback Devonte Jefferson scored on a 1-yard run to put the Jaguars ahead for good. 

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