4A- No. 2 New Hanover 47 No. 15 Knightdale 9
New Hanover was firing on all cylinders to open the 4A state playoffs on Friday night as the Wildcats blew past Knightdale 47-9 at Legion Stadium.
Senior quarterback Burke Estes went to the air early and often with three touchdown passes to three different receivers in the first quarter. He completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 153 yards and four total touchdowns before being pulled along with the starters early in the second half.
“We came out pretty loose and feeling good tonight,” said Estes. “It was good to be able to get the starters off the field in the second half to get some other guys reps and to make sure we’re healthy for next week.”
Estes hit Garrett Walston for the opening score on a 19-yard strike with 7:53 to play in the opening period, while Lamont Howard took one into the end zone with a 25-yard reception to make it 14-0 at the 5:06 mark. Wiz Vaughn caught Estes’ third touchdown pass of the frame before New Hanover went to the ground game.
Tre Age crossed the goal line with 42 seconds left in the first half on a 35-yard carry to cap a 2:30 drive for the 26-0 lead at the break. Javeon Hall also had a touchdown run early in the third quarter and Estes hit Vaughn for the second time on a 15-yard strike to close the scoring with 7:38 remaining in the frame.
New Hanover racked up 356 total yards in the contest. Age finished with 74 yards rushing on seven carries, while Vaughn had three catches for 66 yards.
The Wildcats have a two-seed in the 4A East Region, grabbed their tenth win of the year and eighth straight result heading into the second round of the playoffs. New Hanover faces No. 7 West Johnston at home on Friday, November 21. West Johnston defeated Cardinal Gibbons 34-16 on Friday.
New Hanover 20-6-14-7=47
4AA- No. 3 Wake Forest 59 No. 14 Laney 14
Wake Forest 21-14-17-7=59
3AA- No. 1 Terry Sanford 41 No. 16 West Brunswick 20
Top-ranked Terry Sanford broke away in the fourth quarter to grab a 41-20 win over No. 16 West Brunswick in the first round of the 3AA playoffs.
The Trojans received the opening kick and drove down field on their first possession to grab a 6-0 lead before the Bulldogs got on the board with 2:46 to play in the opening frame.
Terry Sanford made it 13-6 late in the first quarter and scored early in the second half when Bubba McCray punched in a two yard touchdown for West Brunswick to close the deficit to 20-12 with 3:25 remaining in the third quarter.
Terry Sanford added an insurance score early in the final period, but McCray answered with a 27-yard score to close the deficit to seven. The Bulldogs eventually rattled off 14 unanswered points to seal the victory.
West Brunswick closed the season 5-7 overall under first year Coach Kelley Williamson.
W. Brunswick 6-0-6-8=20
Terry Sanford 13-0-7-21=41
3A- No. 12 Fike 28 No. 5 Topsail 8
A.J. Hines scored three touchdowns to help guide No. 12 Fike past No. 5 Topsail 28-8 in Hampstead on Friday night.
Fike grabbed a two-score lead after the first quarter, but Jacob Floyd hit Chris Byrd for an eight-yard touchdown reception just before halftime to pull within seven as Hunter Potts punched in the two-point conversion.
Hines took a 34-yard run to the house to give Fike an 8-0 advantage with 3:20 to play in the opening frame and used a 57-yard carry to set up a four-yard score by Lavaris Speight at the end of the first period.
A 29-yard touchdown by Hines made it 21-8 early in the third quarter and he put the game away with a 12-yard score with 7:14 left.
Topsail closed the year 5-7 overall.
2AA- No. 13 North Brunswick (5-5) at No. 4 Clinton (8-2)
Clinton had a 28-6 lead at the half and the Darkhorses handed North Brunswick a 49-18 season-ending setback in the 2AA playoffs.
The Scorpions closed the year 5-6 overall to finish the first-season under Coach Larry Brock.