Friday night football — Oct. 9, 2009

Middle Creek 38, Lee County 35

SANFORD — This one was an instant classic.

Unfortunately for the Lee County football team, it ended in heartbreaking fashion. Again.

Middle Creek’s Matt Frongello booted a 46-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Mustangs to a 38-35 win over the Yellow Jackets on Friday night at Paul Gay Stadium.

The game-winning kick kept the Mustangs unbeaten in the Tri-9 Conference at 4-0 and 6-1 overall. The Yellow Jackets, however, fall to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

The Yellow Jackets, who trailed 28-14 in the third quarter, scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to tie it. Lee County was led by tailback Omar Murriell, who had 20 carries for 86 yards and a crucial touchdown. The senior found the end zone on a 2-yard run with just 26 seconds remaining, tying the game at 35.

Quarterback Carson Wilson was behind center during Murriell’s score, which began at the 6:40 mark in the fourth quarter. Wilson was 6-of-9 for 131 yards with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Dequan Swann in the third quarter. Starting quarterback Dakota Hart was 5-for-9 for 37 yards and a touchdown.

The final drive for the Mustangs started on their own 45 yard line. Quarterback Garrett Lathem made a huge pass to Devante Knox, which put the ball on the Yellow Jacket 35 to set up Frongello’s score.

—Story by Ryan Sarda

Gray’s Creek 55, Southern 3

HOPE MILLS — The Gray’s Creek Bears covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.

The Bears ripped off separate 99-yard touchdown runs in their 55-3 victory over the Southern Lee Cavaliers in football on Friday night.

Southern Lee (0-8, 0-3) was the first to score in the game, getting a 25-yard field goal from Jacob Brower to take a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

But it was all Gray’s Creek after that. Ryan Davis struck first from 99 yards, leading the Bears (6-2, 3-0) to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. Devonte Cooley, the team’s leading rusher, added his own 99-yarder in the third quarter, making the score 55-3.

The Bears rushed for a total of 531 yards — and passed for 10 more. Cooley had just six carries, but finished with four touchdowns and 168 yards rushing. Davis had seven carries and two scores — his other one came from 65 yards — for a game-high 264 yards. Everett Singley added 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

The Cavaliers had 143 total yards. Ace Chalmers rushed for 20 yards while Ashton Gaines, who was 5 of 16 for 88 yards and an interception, added 21 yards rushing. A.J. Jackson was 3-for-4 for 55 yards passing.

Western Harnett 24, Union Pines 14

LILLINGTON — Shaun McLean scored three touchdowns and rushed for a season-high 285 yards to lead Western Harnett to a 28-14 victory over Union Pines in football on Friday night.

McLean, who ran for a then-season-high 237 yards last week against Southern Lee, had scoring runs of 74, 65 and 15 yards. Western Harnett (3-4, 2-0) has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, moved within one more win of qualifying for the state playoffs and remains tied in the loss column with Gray’s Creek for first place in the Cape Fear Valley Conference standings.

Franklin Trapp added 40 yards rushing on eight carries for the Eagles, who lead 28-7 in the second half.

Northwood 53, Granville Central 8

PITTSBORO — Fifth-ranked Northwood remained unbeaten on the season after a 53-8 victory over winless Granville Central on Friday night.

The Chargers (8-0, 1-0) scored 40 points in the first quarter and quarterback Sam Griffin set a school record for completion percentage in a single game by going 8-for-9 for 187 yards and five touchdowns in the opening game to the 1-A/2-A Carolina 9 Conference season.

Shane Peppers rushed for 113 yards and three scores on just eight carries and caught a pass for another touchdown. Harold Baldwin had five receptions for 112 yards and two scores while A.J. Farmer and Ridge Smith each had a touchdown catch.

Northwood allowed just 34 yards of total offense and held the second-year Panthers (0-8, 0-1) to minus-10 yards of rushing.

Friday’s Scores

By The Associated Press

PREP FOOTBALL

Albemarle 42, South Davidson 6

Alexander Central 24, Hickory 20

Andrews 38, Rosman 0

Anson County 30, Monroe Sun Valley 28

Apex Middle Creek 38, Lee County 35

Asheville 62, Enka 14

Asheville Reynolds 26, Shelby Crest 16

Asheville Roberson 22, North Buncombe 0

Ayden-Grifton 20, Rosewood 0

Belmont South Point 34, Gastonia Ashbrook 0

Brevard 42, East Henderson 41, OT

Bunn 28, Northwest Halifax 6

Burlington Cummings 17, Graham 7

Burlington Williams 30, Rockingham County 20

Catawba Bandys 41, West Caldwell 9

Charlotte Ardrey Kell 20, Charlotte Myers Park 14

Charlotte Berry Tech 63, Cuthbertson 0

Charlotte Catholic 28, East Gaston 14

Charlotte Country Day 24, Q Foundation 0

Charlotte Independence 31, Charlotte Providence 27

Charlotte Olympic 35, Charlotte Harding 10

Chocowinity Southside 44, Plymouth 42

Claremont Bunker Hill 41, Vldese Draughn 20

Clayton 28, West Johnston 27

Concord First Assembly 26, Forsyth County Day 16

Durham Hillside 17, Person County 3

Durham Riverside 31, Northern Durham 28

East Duplin 26, Topsail 7

East Lincoln 21, Bessemer City 12

East Rowan 31, Statesville 27

East Surry 9, Kernersville McGuinness 7

East Wilkes 55, Alleghany County 20

Eastern Alamance 21, Western Alamance 3

Elizabeth City Northeastern 46, Bertie County 14

Elkin 43, West Wilkes 20

Erwin Triton 28, Southern Wayne 19

Fairmont 12, South Robeson 6, OT

Fayetteville Britt 34, Hope Mills South View 14

Fayetteville Sanford 41, Fayetteville Smith 16

Fayetteville Westover 28, Fayetteville Byrd 14

Franklin 38, Sylva Smoky Mountain 7

Gastonia Forestview 27, North Gaston 0

Gastonia Huss 20, Kings Mountain 17

Goldsboro 68, North Duplin 23

Greenville Rose 33, Wilmington Ashley 21

Hendersonville 40, Avery County 7

Hickory Ridge 17, Mt. Pleasant 14

High Point Andrews 19, Winston-Salem Atkins 0

Hobbton 28, Clinton Union 19

Holly Springs 28, Fuquay-Varina 25

Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 55, Southern Lee 3

Indian Trail Porter Ridge 20, Marvin Ridge 17

Jacksonville 35, West Carteret 17

Jacksonville White Oak 54, Greenville Conley 0

Jamestown Ragsdale 35, Southwest Guilford 0

Kannapolis Brown 61, Cox Mill 7

Kinston 28, Farmville Central 25

Lake Norman 18, Huntersville Hopewell 0

Lawndale Burns 48, Forest City Chase 7

Lenoir Hibriten 55, Watauga County 21

Lexington 17, East Davidson 7

Lincolnton 43, Cherryville 14

Louisburg 10, Franklinton 3

Lumberton 45, Southern Pines Pinecrest 14

Maiden 27, South Iredell 10

Mallard Creek 27, Charlotte Vance 7

Manteo 42, Robersonville Roanoke 20

Matthews Butler 52, East Mecklenburg 13

Monroe 62, North Stanly 3

Monroe Piedmont 38, Monroe Central 24

Mt. Airy 54, North Stokes 0

New Hanover County 15, New Bern 8

Newton Foard 24, Hickory St. Stephens 17

Newton-Conover 28, East Burke 6

North Brunswick 27, West Bladen 21

North Forsyth 19, Thomasville Ledford 6

North Rowan 49, North Moore 0

Northeast Guilford 21, Asheboro 14

Orange County 34, Northern Vance 14

Oxford Webb 34, Southern Vance 32

Pikeville Aycock 62, North Lenoir 0

Pittsboro Northwood 53, Granville Central 8

Polk County 29, Mitchell County 0

Princeton 48, Seven Springs Spring Creek 20

R-S Central 38, Morganton Freedom 7

Raleigh Millbrook 42, Raleigh Sanderson 24

Raleigh Ravenscroft 57, Raleigh Wake Christian 20

Raleigh Wakefield 35, Raleigh Leesville Road 32

Richlands 35, Swansboro 7

Richmond County 49, Hoke County 20

Robbinsville 18, Murphy 16

Salisbury 35, West Davidson 0

Shelby 35, Morganton Patton 0

Smithfield-Selma 21, Garner 12

South Brunswick 21, South Columbus 19

South Johnston 52, Eastern Wayne 6

South Mecklenburg 42, Charlotte Garinger 6

South Stanly 38, East Montgomery 0

Southeast Raleigh 10, East Wake 3

Southern Durham 43, Durham Jordan 6

Southern Guilford 34, Southwestern Randolph 0

Southern Nash 28, Wilson Fike 6

SouthWest Edgecombe 52, Wilson Beddingfield 22

Southwest Onslow 54, Lejeune 0

Swain County 28, Hayesville 10

Tarboro 21, Greene Central 7

Thomasville 21, Central Davidson 0

Trinity 43, Randleman 14

Wake Forest-Rolesville 12, Raleigh Broughton 7

Wallace-Rose Hill 55, Lakewood (Salemburg) 12

Warsaw Kenan 20, Rocky Point Trask 14

Waynesville Tuscola 49, North Henderson 7

Weddington 22, Monroe Parkwood 7

West Charlotte 40, Mooresville 38

West Forsyth 37, North Davidson 31, OT

West Henderson 28, Canton Pisgah 24

West Iredell 33, North Iredell 13

West Lincoln 28, North Lincoln 14

West Mecklenburg 39, Charlotte Waddell 6

West Montgomery 48, Chatham Central 0

West Rowan 63, China Grove Carson 14

West Stanly 40, Union Academy 8

Westminster Catawba Christ, S.C. 37, Gastonia Highland Tech 7

Wilmington Hoggard 23, Wilmington Laney 6

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