Butler scored five touchdowns in the first quarter of an easy 55-7 win over Olympic Friday.
The Bulldogs led 48-0 at halftime as quarterback Davis Cheek hit on his first six passes, including two for touchdowns. For the game, Butler outgained Olympic 343-90. Butler’s defense held Olympic to minus-4 yards rushing on 29 attempts.
Cheek threw for 156 yards and four scores. Receiver D.J. Little threw a 62-yard scoring pass to Kusegi Cureton. Butler running backs Nijere Peoples and Quasean Holmes combined to rush seven times for 89 yards. Peoples averaged 11 yards per carry and Holmes 15.
Belmont South Point 27, Crest 12: South Point High pulled off one of the biggest upsets in North Carolina Friday night, beating two-time state champion Crest. The Red Raiders’ season-opening win ended Crest’s 32-game win streak. The Chargers hadn’t lost since Dec. 14, 2013.
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South Point lost 24-21 in overtime to Rocky Mount in the 2015 3A state championship game. The Red Raiders lost 24 seniors from that team and returned eight starters, including three on offense. But head coach Mickey Lineberger and South Point reloaded and dominated Crest early. After Scottie Lee’s 4-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, Nathan Hamilton blocked a punt and gave his team the ball at Crest’s 25.
A few players later, Lee hit Nick Muse for a 20-yard score and a 14-0 lead. By halftime, South Point had outgained Crest 173-30.
No. 5 Hough 54, Harding 6: Hough led 31-6 at halftime and scored 21 more points in the third quarter of the rout. Rashad Williams and Jarrett Nagy each had two touchdowns.
No. 9 Rock Hill South Pointe 30, No. 2 Rock Hill Northwestern 23: In a battle of 2015 S.C. state football champions, South Pointe grabbed a 15-0 lead, but found itself down 23-22 after a Jerry Howard 18-yard run for Northwestern with 3:07 to play. South Pointe got a 4-yard run from Geomni Mayfield with 2:47 to play to get game-winning points and seal the upset. South Pointe outgained Northwestern 407-300.
Asheville Erwin 41, No. 8 Davidson Day 27: Junior quarterback Sam Hartman, who has committed to Wake Forest, threw for two touchdowns for 2A private school Davidson Day. Nolan Groulx ran for two touchdowns and caught another. Down seven with four minutes left, Chase Monroe intercepted a pass and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown, but it was called back for a penalty. Erwin, a 3A public school, later scored a put-away touchdown.
Cuthbertson 66, Victory Christian 6: Receiver J.T. Cauthen caught two passes for 77 yards and two scores, and Kendrick Ivey ran eight times for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 81-yard kick return for a score.
Forestview 27, Providence Day 6: Jayveon Love scored on runs of 80 and 21 yards in a season-opening win on the road. Forestview got fourth-quarter scores from Love and Smith to put the game away. Providence Day had a 1-yard score from Gabe Montgomery. At the time, it trimmed Forestview’s lead to 7-6.
Lake Norman Charter 27, Hickory Grove 3: Sean Dugan rushed 14 times for 105 yards and had two touchdowns in the win. Dugan had two catches for 42 yards. Teammate Josh Roach had 11 tackles and recovered a fumble he forced. Lake Norman Charter scored 20 points in the second quarter and led 27-0 after the third.
Northside Christian 50, Fayetteville Christian 0: Tanner Tally had a 1-yard scoring run and caught a 55-yard pass from Elijah Johnson to highlight an easy opening-night win. Playing their second season of football after a long hiatus, the Knights equaled their win total from the 2015 season.
Pine Lake Prep 44, West Wilkes 16: Senior running backs Will Harwood and Taylor Hochman helped Pine Lake score 30 first-quarter points in the rout. Hochman scored on runs of 65 and 38 yards in the first quarter. Harwood had scoring runs of 65 and 32 yards.
Trinity Christian 32, SouthLake Chrisitan 8: Trinity Christian raced to a 32-0 lead, getting two touchdowns from Rafe Moran. SouthLake’s Will Huss ran 19 times for 101 yards and had a 9-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.