Overhills 30, Southern Lee 18
SANFORD — Southern Lee’s football season ended much the way it began.
With a loss.
The Cavaliers failed in their final chance to win a Cape Fear Valley Conference game, stumbling 30-18 to Overhills on Friday night to close the 2008 season on a seven-game losing streak.
Southern Lee (1-9, 0-7), after reaching the state 3-A playoffs in its first two varsity seasons, completed its third season with just one victory — a 24-6 win over rival Lee County in Brick City Bowl III — and out of the state playoff picture for the last three weeks of the season.
“It’s not the season we were hoping for,” said first-year coach Bill Maczko. “I feel bad for the seniors, I really do.”
Apex 36, Lee County 6
SANFORD — Unlike the last two meetings between Apex and Lee County, this game was not even close as Apex controlled things from the very beginning.
The Cougars cruised to a 36-6 victory in their season finale over the Yellow Jackets and will now prepare for their first-round playoff game next week. The Yellow Jackets end their season with a 2-9 record and finish the Tri-8 Conference season with a 1-6 mark.
“It’s what we’ve talked about all season,” explained Lee County head coach Jody Stouffer, “we didn’t play a complete game out there. There were times where I thought we played some pretty good football, but we just couldn’t put it all together out there.”
Apex (8-3, 6-1) was led on the ground by senior running back Kevin Fogg, who had eight carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns. He scored the first points of the game with 5:52 remaining in the first quater when he ran it in for a 6-yard score. The Cougars successfully converted the 2-point conversion and they led 8-0 early.
Northwood 28, Orange 24
PITTSBORO — With 4:24 left, and down two points, Northwood was clinging to the hope of a third conference championship in four years.
But after being a pass-loving team all year, Demetrius Johnson literally carried the Chargers to a victory.
Johnson brought Northwood a 28-24 victory Friday night over Cardinal Gibbons, scoring the final touchdown with 1:30 left after carrying the ball six times out of eight carries on the final 77-yard drive.
It was enough to lift the Chargers to another league title a year after losing 22 seniors to graduation.
Johnson had 14 carries for 108 yards and the score to lead the Chargers. Quarterback Sammy Griffin was 7 of 21 for 71 yards and a touchdown to Johnson.
Western Harnett 35, Union Pines 20
LILLINGTON — With a 35-20 victory over Union Pines, the Western Harnett Eagles likely gained a spot in the state playoffs Friday night.
The seniors of Western Harnett, who endured a 26-game losing streak and two winless seasons, worked hard to get another game for their careers. Chris Flack rushed 13 times for 101 yards and two scores. Sergio Carrillo had nine carries for 53 yards and a touchdown. QuarterbackJared Bohn carried the ball 8 times for 18 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Denmark and Mario Banner both had interceptions.
The Eagles are not guaranteed a spot in the playofffs, but the victory was enough to make them eligible for postseason play. After tying for third in the Cape Fear Valley Conference, however, Western Harnett is virtually assured of a postseason berth.