Harnett Central 55, Western Harnett 10
ANGIER — Once again, Western Harnett had seventh-ranked and unbeaten Harnett Central on its heels.
And once again, Harnett Central pulled away.
The top-seeded Trojans scored 49 unanswered points to cruise past the 16th-seeded Eagles 55-10 in the first round of the 3-AA football playoffs on Friday night.
Darius McKoy, who rushed for 219 yards in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 3, ran for 247 yards and two touchdowns in this one, ripping off a 46-yard score in the third quarter that made it 27-10 in favor of Harnett Central (12-0).
Western Harnett (4-8), which was tied late in the third quarter of the first meeting, led 10-6 after a 62-yard Chris Flack touchdown run and a 22-yard field goal by Ian Bohn in the second quarter.
But Harnett Central took a 13-10 lead into the half on Jarrod Spears’ 10-yard scoring run. The Trojans then scored 28 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Flack finished with 162 yards rushing on just 10 carries while Shawn McLean added 53 yards rushing on nine carries.
Spears ran for 112 yards on six rushes for the Trojans while quarterback Tate Wheelin was 7-for-12 for 106 yards.
Northwood 36, Eastern Guilford 7
PITTSBORO — Northwood head coach Bill Hall wanted his team to find its running game.
Thanks to some strong blocking from the offensive line, Charger senior Demetrius Johnson reached the end zone four times as No. 4 seed Northwood routed the 13th-seeded Eastern Guilford 36-7 in the first round of the 2-AA East playoffs.
Johnson finished with 23 carries and a net of 187 yards along with his four scores to help lift the Chargers to their 10th victory of the season and extend the Wildcats’ losing streak to five games heading into next season.
In other games, 12th-seeded Overhills may have one of the state’s biggest upsets after pounding fifth-seeded West Brunswick 51-27 in the 3-AA East playoffs. In the 1-A West, third-ranked and top-seeded Mt. Airy downed 16th-seeded Chatham Central 75-0.