Despite leading 21-16 at halftime, Bunker Hill gave up 20 second half points on its way to a disappointing 36-29 Homecoming loss to East Burke in Claremont on Friday.
Larry Clark led the Cavaliers (3-2, 1-0) with 187 rushing yards and a touchdown. Fellow running back Robbie McGee added 91 yards on the ground.
The Cavaliers rushed for 302 yards in the contest.
Bunker Hill Justin Lynch, the leading rusher in Catawba County entering Friday, was held to 95 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns. It was the first time this season that Lynch has been held under 100 yards rushing in a game.
Three second-half touchdowns by East Burke helped spark its comeback, including an 84-yard kickoff return by Bradley Teague, a 23-yard touchdown run by McGee and a 64-yard run by Clark.
A late touchdown pass from Bunker Hill quarterback Colton Chapman to wide receiver Casey King pulled the Bears within seven, but an onside kick by the Bears sailed out of bounds to end any chance of a Bunker Hill victory.
The Bears (4-1, 0-1) travel to defending CVAC champion South Iredell next Friday for a game in Statesville.
Bandys 30, Draughn 0
The Trojans started Catawba Valley 2A play with a victory Friday in Valdese against the Wildcats.
Bandys running back Quiante Derr was a big catalyst for the Trojans on offense, running for 136 yards and three scores.
Trojans quarterback Anthony Toscano also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Lackey in the first quarter of the contest.
Bandys (4-1, 1-0) travels to Newton-Conover (3-2, 0-1) for a rivalry game next Friday.