Oct. 12 Matchups: Garner faces test against Knightdale football team

October 12, 2012 

No. 11 Knightdale (6-1) at No. 1 Garner (8-0), 7 p.m.

Garner is a strong play-action passing team, feeding off of its running attack (301.1 rushing yards per game). The Knights have allowed about two touchdowns a game during its current five-game winning streak and has averaged 292.7 rushing yards per game this season.

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

Leesville Road goes into its homecoming game sitting atop of the Cap Eight 4A. The Pride is scoring 42.4 points per game and is led by versatile Braxton Berrios, who can score running, receiving or returning. Millbrook lost to Heritage last week.

No. 3 Cleveland (8-0) at No. 8 Triton (7-0), 7:30

The Rams visit Triton in one of the year’s most anticipated 3A games. Triton pulled away for a 48-21 win in 2011, but Cleveland reached the state 3A semifinals. Dedrick Stacker (147.3 YPG) leads the Hawks and Cleveland’s Isaac Martin (206.5 YPG) leads the area’s rushers.

No. 4 Wakefield (7-1) at Enloe (1-7)

Both teams got big wins last week. Wakefield rebounded from a loss to Leesville Road to upset previously undefeated Wake Forest-Rolesville. The Woverines’ Connor Mitch averages 308.1 yards passing. Enloe cashed in its first win of the season under first-year coach Mike Massey.

Sanderson (1-7) at No. 5 WF-Rolesville (7-1), 7

Wake Forest-Rolesville will look to bounce back in their homecoming game after losing to Wakefield a week ago. Wake Forest averages 38.4 points and allows 12.9. Sanderson is seeking for its first conference win.

No. 6 Cardinal Gibbons (7-0) at Northern Vance (1-7)

Cardinal Gibbons leads the Carolina 3-A . Northern Vance team is on a seven-game losing streak.

Athens Drive (4-4) at No. 7 Middle Creek (7-1), 7:30

Middle Creek is three games away from locking up the Tri-9 Conference title, which would be school’s fourth in the last six years. The Mustangs end the season against two teams with losing records – Holly Springs and Apex – so Athens Drive may be the last major regular-season test.

No. 9 Hillside (5-2) at Riverside (0-7), 7

Hillside won its fourth consecutive game last week and appears to be picking up speed, while Riverside battled hard in a loss to Southern Durham. Hillside has averaged 38 points in its three conference games while holding those three opponents to 7.3 points a game.

Cedar Ridge (1-7) at No. 10 Carrboro (8-0), 7:30

The Red Wolves can feel good after getting a win last week against Granville Central, but no one has stopped No.8 ranked Carrboro, which averages 35.5 points a game.

Southern Vance (4-3) at No. 12 Orange (6-1)

Orange may be the most talented team in the Carolina 3A Conference and coach Pat Moser has found the right formula. For Southern Vance to stop its two-game skid, the Raiders must find a way to stop the Panthers’ running backs.

Green Hope (4-4) at No. 13 Lee County (6-2), 7:30

Green Hope probably needs another win to feel secure about making the playoffs. Lee County’s only losses were to powerful Richmond County and 21-19 to Middle Creek.

No. 14 Northern Durham (5-2) at Apex (2-5)

Apex and Northern Durham play a non-conference game even though it is late in the season. They tied last year at Durham County Stadium. Northern Durham has won five straight, but can’t afford to look ahead to games with PAC-Six leaders Southern Durham and Hillside.

Smithfield-Selma (1-7) at No. 15 Clayton (5-3), 7

SSS gets a shot at their long-time rivals on homecoming night after a huge confidence-building win over Harnett Central last week. Clayton has won five of the last six and the running game presents multiple challenges.

Southern Wayne (1-6) at No. 16 South Johnston (6-1), 7:30

The Trojans are one of the hottest teams in the area, winners of four straight with a loss to 4A Clayton as its only blemish. Southern Wayne has dropped four straight.

Holly Springs (3-4) at No. 17 Fuquay-Varina (5-3), 7:30

Holly Springs has two wins against teams in the bottom third of the league, while Fuquay-Varina has four straight wins after losing twice to the league’s top three teams.

Webb (2-6) at No. 18 Chapel Hill (5-3)

Webb is tougher than its record indicates. Runner Deshawn Skipwith and quarterback Corey Evans give the Warriors a nice 1-2 punch. Chapel Hill broke a two-game losing streak with a 21-19 win over Northern Vance last week.

No. 19 Southern Durham (4-4) at East Chapel Hill (4-3), 7

Southern Durham has never lost to East Chapel Hill and the Spartans beat the Wildcats 72-27 in 2011. Southern Durham once went four years (2006-2009) without giving up a point to the Wildcats, outscoring them 178-0 during that period.

No. 20 Southeast Raleigh (4-4) at East Wake (1-7), 7

Southeast Raleigh visits the Warriors needing a win to stay alive in the race for a top-four finish in the Greater Neuse. East Wake has scored at least two touchdowns in every game.

Broughton (1-7) at Heritage (5-3), 7

Heritage is rolling on a three-game win streak while Broughton will try to bounce back from a homecoming loss to Enloe.

Panther Creek (1-7) at Cary (3-4), 7:30

Cary still has playoff hopes, but needs a win against rival Panther Creek. The last four meetings have been decided by a total of 22 points.

West Johnston (2-5) at Harnett Central (2-5), 7

This may be a Greater Neuse playoff hopes elimination battle. Harnett Central needs to play more like the team that beat Southeast Raleigh than the team that lost to Smithfield-Selma last week. West’s Justin Carroll has passed for 1,476 yards, but the Wildcats have scored 14 points or less in five games.

Wake Christian (2-6) at Fayetteville Christian (3-4), 7:30

The Bulldogs visit a Fayetteville Christian squad coming off its second win of the season. Wake Christian lost to Ravencroft last week 42-0.

North Johnston (3-5) at Louisburg (3-4), 7:30

North Johnston rallied from an early deficit to earn a nice homecoming night win last week over Northwest Halifax, 38-22. Louisburg and the Panthers are both 2-2 in the league. The winner keeps realistic playoff hopes.

Goldsboro (6-1) at Princeton (2-5), 7:30

The Cougars visit Princeton a six-game winning streak and coming off a 54-point outing against Rosewood. The only blemish on Goldsboro’s record is a loss to 4A power New Hanover.

Northwood (4-4) at South Granville (5-3), 7:30

Northwood has lost two of its last three, but the losses have been to quality opponents (No. 13 Lee Senior and No. 8 Carrboro). South Granville is led by runner Sean Bowman’s 852 yards.

Jordan (0-7) at Roxboro Person (1-7), 7

Both these teams have struggled with their offenses, averaging about 8 points a game in PAC Six games. Jordan also has given up more points than any other PAC-6 team, yielding 174 during the last four games.

Bunn (4-3) at Corinth Holders (3-5), 7:30

Bunn has been far and above the class of the Northern Carolina 2A Conference, averaging 44.5 points in league games. Corinth Holders has won three straight.

Ravenscroft (4-4) at N. Raleigh Christian (4-2), 7:30

Ravenscroft celebrated its homecoming with a 42-0 league win over Wake Christian. North Raleigh Christian is coming off a loss to Harrells Academy. NRC’s John Cook has passed for 1,464 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Southampton, Va. (7-0) at Word of God (7-0), 7:30

Word of God averages 50.0 points per game, led by Casty St. Louis’ 202.4 rushing yards. Southampton averages 62.3 points and has not be held to less than 52 points this year. Southampton scored 92 points in a game earlier this year. The eight-man football game will be played at Raleigh’s Wilder Grove Community Center.

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