Not that Southwest Wake Athletic were expected to win all of their opening games four opponents played teams ranked in the News & Observers top seven but the leagues 2-6 mark on week one still stings.
Apex rolled to one of the two wins and Cary fended off a long-time rival for the other SWAC victory.
Apex 43, Harnett Central 0: The Cougars dominated as Rondell James ran for 182 yards and a score and Isaiah Totten ran for 73 yards and three scores.
Cary 30, Broughton 24: Kurt Glendenning is 1-0 as the Imps head coach, which gives him as many wins as Cary had passing attempts.
But that pass was an important one, as Scott Kinsey found Trevor Ellis for a 21-yard score.
With three minutes left in the game, Carys Isaiah Gibbons scored from two yards out, but the point after was missed.
Cary sacked Brougton the the 30-yard line to prevent the comeback.
Cardinal Gibbons 14, Green Hope 12: The Falcons missed a 20-yard field goal with less than two minutes to fall to the Crusaders.
Gibbons Dante DiMaggio threw for a 41-yard touchdown in his only pass of the night and caught six passes for 166 yards and a score.
Garner 21, Middle Creek 16: Middle Creek drove to the Garner 3-yard-line with 58 seconds left, but quarterback Jay Schuller who had to move from wide receiver thanks to an injury couldnt handle a bad snap.
Schuller also had a 91-yard catch for score.
Millbrook 23, Fuquay-Varina 8: First-year Fuquay head coach Jeb Halls debut was soured by a 54-yard fumble return and an 81-yard punt return.
Wake Forest 28, Panther Creek 14: The Catamounts battled back after trailing 21-0 at halftime, but it wasnt enough against the Cougars.
Heritage 49, Holly Springs 21: Heritage rolled up 402 yards of total offense on the Golden Hawks. Holly Springs had 231 rushing yards alone, but the game was all but sealed in Heritages 28-point third quarter.
J.H. Rose 34, Athens Drive 7: After waiting until a storm in Greenville passed, the Jaguars started play around 9:15 p.m. and were down 34 before scoring in the fourth quarter.
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