In week two of the high school football season, the teams of the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A Conference turned things around.
After a 2-6 start to the season, the SWAC went 6-2 in the second week.
And it didn’t come without its share of upsets.
Cary 47, Cardinal Gibbons 26: The Imps (2-0) are the league’s only unbeaten team after pushing around Cardinal Gibbons, the No. 7 team in the News & Observer rankings, on Friday.
Trevion Hackney had 117 yards rushing and Isaiah Gibbons had 134.
Hackney accounted for five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving.
Wakefield 40, Holly Springs 28: The No. 15 Golden Hawks (0-2) were within striking distance, but a turnover on fourth down with 1:20 left in the game ruined any chance.
On the ensuing possession, Wakefield scored on an 85-yard touchdown run to put the icing on the cake.
Holly Springs sophomore Tray Staten rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
The Golden Hawks have a bye next week.
Middle Creek 56, E.E. Smith 14: The No. 4 Mustangs (1-1) clamped down on Smith, holding the Golden Bulls to three yards rushing on 20 carries.
The Bulls also completed just 16-of-46 passes. Smith committed three turnovers in the first quarter alone, two of which were on downs.
Keon Smith had one rushing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns for the Mustangs.
Green Hope 20, Sanderson 16: The No. 11 Falcons (1-1) and Spartans (0-2) both failed to score in the second half.
Green Hope quarterback Luke Massei engineered two scoring drives in the final 1 minute, 35 seconds of the first half.
Receiver Eli Murrane had 11 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ winning effort.
Panther Creek 44, Heritage 0: The Catamounts (1-1) pummeled the same No. 6 Heritage team that had just won 49-21 against Holly Springs the previous week.
The biggest win in coach Sean Crocker’s tenure at Panther Creek – this is his second season – comes just as the team heads into a bye next week.
Fuquay-Varina 22, Riverside 20: The Bengals (1-1) picked up the first win for first-year head coach Jeb Hall.
Fuquay-Varina has a bye next week.
Leesville Road 40, Apex 6: On Thursday, Apex (1-1) was avalanched by three turnovers in less than five minutes that led to three touchdowns by No. 3 Leesville.
The Cougars couldn’t overcome that, and neither team scored in the second half.
In the losing cause, Rondell James ran for 132 yards and Isaiah Totten ran for 92.
Athens Drive 22, Broughton 21: On Thursday, Athens Drive (1-1) overcame an early deficit to overtake Broughton.
Senior running back Dominique Lynch ran 35 times for 264 yards and two touchdowns.
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