Key games

Staff WriterAugust 14, 2007 

Wake Forest-Rolesville at Durham Riverside

7:30 p.m. Friday Wrenn Stadium, Durham 2006: Riverside, 18-16

Riverside reached the state 4-AA title game in 2006 but has a new offensive cast. Wake Forest-Rolesville, which tied for the Cap Seven title, expects to be improved.

Ravenscroft at Louisburg

7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Warriors Stadium, Louisburg 2006: Louisburg, 66-32

Ravenscroft may be a contender for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A title. Louisburg returns rushers with almost 5,000 career yards combined.

Clayton at South Johnston

7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 Avery Stadium, Four Oaks 2006: S. Johnston, 21-13

This game should provide a hint of the fates of the two teams this season. South Johnston wants to continue to improve. Clayton tries to uphold its tradition.

Millbrook at Northern Durham

7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 Durham County Stadium 2006: Millbrook, by forfeit

These two programs have rich football traditions, but each needs to re-establish its power base. Northern's 1-10 mark in 2006 had five forfeits, including this game.

Broughton at Athens Drive

7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 Williams Stadium, Raleigh 2006: Did not play

Broughton and Athens had prolific passing attacks in 2006, and the Jaguars return QB Nick DeMuro. If the Caps' air attack stays strong, there could be aerial fireworks.

Sanderson at Wakefield

7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 Wolverines Stadium, Raleigh 2006: Sanderson, 16-12

Wakefield was 5-0 last year before being defeated by a 1-4 Sanderson team. Wakefield never regained its momentum.

Durham Jordan at Durham Hillside

7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 Blunt Stadium, Durham 2006: Jordan, 21-20

Jordan stopped a 2-point conversion in the closing minutes in 2006. Hillside looks stronger on paper, but Jordan, which has a strong nucleus, is consistently good.

Southern Vance at Bunn

7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 Wildcats Stadium, Bunn 2006: S. Vance, 14-9

Bunn has state title aspirations but first must control the Northern Carolina 2-A conference. Southern Vance returns eight offensive starters who averaged 375 total yards and 28 points per game in 2006.

Burlington Cummings at Pittsboro Northwood

7 p.m. Oct. 12 Chargers Stadium, Pittsboro 2006: Cummings, 50-21

Cummings was 15-1 and won the state 2-A title in 2006, but it returns only 10 lettermen. Quarterback Omar Stewart passed for 2,923 yards, including 31 touchdown passes. Northwood's Tobais Palmer, an N.C. State recruit, makes big plays.

Cary at Apex

7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 Cougar Stadium, Apex 2006: Apex, 28-0

One of the area's keenest rivalries was a one-sided game in 2006, but Cary has eight returning defensive starters. Both teams could contend for the title in the balanced Tri-Eight 4-A.

East Wake at Garner

7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 Trojan Stadium, Garner 2006: Garner, 14-0

Last year's game was one of the best of the 2006 season. The Greater Neuse River regular-season title could be on the line.

Middle Creek at Panther Creek

7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 Catamounts Stadium, Cary 2006: Did not play

Panther Creek probably will be completing its first season of varsity competition. Middle Creek might be preparing for the playoffs.

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