Friday night football matchups

October 4, 2012 

Friday matchups

West Johnston (2-4)

at No. 1 Garner (7-0), 7

West quarterback Justin Carroll has passed for 1,365 yards, but may have to throw on the run against the strong Garner defense. Garner will try to run and averages 41.0 points per game.

Sanderson (1-6)

at No. 2 Leesville Road (6-0), 7

Leesville Road junior Braxton Berrios is one of the area’s most exciting players. The Pride’s defense allows 15.2 points per game. The offense averages 327 rushing yards. Sanderson lost to Millbrook 23-10 last week.

No. 3 WF-Rolesville (7-0)

at No. 5 Wakefield (6-1) , 7

Wakefield’s hopes for a high playoff seed probably are on the line against the Cougars after losing to Leesville Road last week. Wake Forest is giving up only 10 points per game and many of those points have come in lopsided wins.

No. 4 Cleveland (7-0)

at Aycock (3-4), 7:30

Cleveland is putting up 49.1 points per game behind the running of Issac Marsh, who rushed for 404 yards and scored five touchdowns last week. The Rams also have one of the area’s stingiest defenses, giving up 12.3 points per game. Aycock lost 37-30 to South Johnston last week.

Southern Vance (4-2)

at No. 6 Cardinal Gibbons (7-0), 7:30

Gibbons has scored 45 or more points in its last four games. Southern Vance was expected to contend for the Carolina 3A crown but lost last week to Oxford Webb, 21-7.

No. 7 Middle Creek (6-1)

at Green Hope (4-3), 7:30

Middle Creek meets a Green Hope team that has played four straight games decided by 10 points or less. Middle Creek quarterback David Salmon’s 17 touchdowns to two interceptions is the best ratio in the area.

Jordan (1-5)

at No. 9 Hillside (4-2), 7:00

Jordan lost 48-18 to Southern Durhamm on Monday. Hillside blasted Person 41-3 last Friday, notching almost 600 yards of total offense. Hillside QB Cinco Simmons averages 152 yards passing.

No. 10 Carrboro (7-0)

at Northwood (4-3), 7:30

Northwood is the biggest hurdle between Carrboro and the Carolina 2A Conference championship. Northwood averages 24 points a game and has scored in 107 straight games. Carrboro leads the league in scoring (37.7 ppg) and scoring defense (12.7 ppg).

No. 11 Knightdale (5-1)

at No. 17 Southeast Raleigh (4-3), 7:30

Knightdale is facing its biggest challenge since losing to Wakefield a month ago. Knightdale junior Marquavious Johnson averages 118 yards per game. Southeast has lost three of its last four.

No. 12 Orange (5-1)

at Oxford Webb (1-5)

Webb beat Southern Vance last week for its first win. Orange did not play last week because its game against East Chapel Hill was rained out and cancelled.

No. 13 Lee County (5-2)

at Panther Creek (1-6), 7:30

Panther Creek has improved its scoring average from 23.5 points over the last four weeks from just 4.7 points in the first three. Lee is led by quarterback Chase Arrington’s 159.7 passing yards per game.

East Chapel Hill (4-2)

at. No. 14 Northern Durham (4-2)

The teams have taken different paths to shares of the PAC-Six 4A lead. Northern’s Kylyn Flemming averages 141.8 rushing yards and the Knights’ defense allows 19.7 points per game. East Chapel Hill’s Ben Jones has passed for 1,007 yards.

No. 15 Clayton (4-3)

at. East Wake (1-6)

Clayton passed a big test last week with its 32-22 win over Southeast Raleigh, but must handle an East Wake offense led by Trent Evans (126.1 passing yards per game).

No. 16 South Johnston (5-1)

at. North Lenoir (2-5)

South Johnston is riding a three-game winning streak while North Lenoir has not won a league game since 2006.

Fuquay-Varina (4-3)

at No. 18 Athens Drive (4-3), 7:30

Fuquay has won three straight. The Bengals will be the start of a tough streak for Athens Drive, which closes with Tri-Nine 4A rivals Middle Creek, Lee County and Cary. Athens’ Devone Johnson has 1,007 rushing yards.

Northern Vance (1-5)

at No. 19 Chapel Hill (5-2), 7:30

The Tigers must regroup after losing two straight to unbeatens Carrboro and Cardinal Gibbons. Northern Vance has scored 95 points this season and has given up 179.

No. 20 Franklinton (6-1)

at Bunn (3-3), 7:30

Franklinton’s only loss was 49-47 to Roseboro Lakewood in the season-opener. Bunn was a preseason Top 20 pick, but opened 0-3. The Wildcats have allowed 13 points in three Northern Carolina 2A games.

Apex (2-4)

at Holly Springs (2-4), 7:30

Holly Springs quarterback Bret Hudspeth is averaging 143.2 passing yards, helped by Evan Allen (four touchdown receptions) and Jordon Kornegay (three). Apex freshman quarterback Ian Boyd is averaging 112.8 yards rushing.

Harnett Central (2-4)

at Smithfield-Selma (0-7), 7:00

Both teams are trying to rebuild. Central had a big Greater Neuse victory over Southeast Raleigh earlier this year.

Enloe (0-7)

at Broughton (1-5), 7:00

Broughton has only one Cap Eight 4A loss and still is in the hunt for a playoff berth. The Eagles renew an old rivalry.

Heritage (4-3)

at Millbrook (2-5), 7:00

Heritage, Millbrook and Broughton are chasing Cap Eight 4A powers Wake Forest-Rolesville, Leesville Road and Wakefield.

Riverside (0-6)

at Southern (3-4)

Southern struggled early, but has won three of its last four. Riverside has had trouble finishing on offense and has given up 190 points in six games.

Granville Central (0-7)

at Cedar Ridge (0-7), 7:30

The good news for these teams is that someone will get their first win,. Granville Central has never won a Carolina 2A conference game, losing 13 straight, and has a 3-37 overall mark since moving to 2A.

Wake Christian (2-5)

at Ravenscroft (3-4), 7:30

A patriotic salute is the theme of Ravenscroft’s homecoming in the Big East Independent game. If you are going, get there early.

Corinth Holders (2-5)

at Roanoke Rapids (3-3), 7:30

Three weeks ago, Corinth Holders had never won a game. Now the Pirates can achieve a three-game winning streak. Three weeks ago, Roanoke Rapids – which got bounced 47-22 by North Johnston last week – had dreams of a conference championship. Now it is battling to qualify for an automatic playoff bid.

Louisburg (3-3)

at Warren County (3-4), 7:30

Louisburg has only one conference loss and is in the hunt for the playoffs.

North Raleigh (4-1)

at Harrells (4-2), 7:00

Both North Carolina Christian and Harrells Christian are undefeated in the Big East Independent. North Raleigh’s John Cook averages 235.6 passing yards.

Word of God (6-0)

at Kinston Parrott (3-3), 7:30

Undefeated Word of God is expected to extend its eight-man football rule. Word of God’s Casty St. Louis has scored 19 touchdowns and averages 188.2 rushing yards.

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