No. 20 Southeast Raleigh (5-4, 2-3) at No. 1 Garner (9-0, 5-0), 7
Garner can clinch a share of the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference championship and the league’s No. 1 playoff seed with a victory. Southeast can move into fourth place with a victory. Garner scores 42.8 points per game and allows 10.8.
No. 18 Heritage (6-3, 4-1) at No. 2 Leesville Road (8-0, 5-0)
Heritage is on a four-game winning streak and tied for second in the Cap Eight, but the Huskies face a test against Leesville Road, the conference’s only undefeated team. Leesville rushes for 352.6 yards and 43.9 points per game.
Broughton (1-8, 1-4) at No. 3 Wakefield (8-1, 4-1), 7
Wolverines duo Connor Mitch (304.1 passing yards per game) and Jordan Fieulleteau (116 receiving yards per game) are playing in their final homecoming game. Broughton’s offense has struggled and the team is allowing 29.9 points per game.
No. 4 WF-Rolesville (8-1, 4-1) at Millbrook (2-7, 1-4)
Wake Forest-Rolesville bounced back from a loss to Leesville Road to defeat Sanderson last week. Millbrook will look to send its class of 2013 out with an upset win when the team celebrates senior night.
No. 5 Middle Creek (8-1, 6-0) at Holly Springs (4-4, 3-3), 7:30
Holly Springs scored 48 points in a win over Fuquay-Varina last week and got Middle Creek’s attention. Middle Creek’s only loss came against top-ranked Garner. The Mustangs’ David Salmon has passed for 2,146 yards.
No. 12 Orange (7-1, 3-0) at No. 6 Cardinal Gibbons (8-0, 3-0)
Cardinal Gibbons is 18-0 in its Carolina 3A Conference history. This is the most talented Orange team in years and it can score in a number of ways. The Panthers must adjust to the speed of Gibbons’ defense and defend quarterback Shawn Stankavage (165.4 passing yards per game).
Eastern Wayne (3-5, 1-3) at No. 7 Triton (8-0, 4-0), 7:30
Triton seized control of the Eastern Carolina 3A with its 43-40 win over previously unbeaten Cleveland last week. Dedrick Stacker averages 127.4 rushing yards for the Hawks.
No. 16 South Johnston (7-1, 4-0) at No. 8 Cleveland (8-1, 4-1), 7:30
South Johnston will put its unbeaten league mark on the line during a trip to Cleveland. South Johnston’s Austin Raynor keyed a second-half explosion last week and Cleveland sophomore Aaron Farmer threw six TDs in a loss to Triton.
East Chapel Hill (6-2, 2-2) at No. 9 Durham Hillside (8-3, 4-0)
Hillside has won five straight. It is led by Shrine Bowl picks Khris Francis (126.6 rushing yards per game) and defensive back Korrin Wiggins.
No. 10 Carrboro (9-0, 3-0) at Granville Central (1-8, 0-2)
Carrboro is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press 2A poll this week. Granville Central has never won a conference game.
No. 11 Lee (7-2, 5-1) at Athens Drive (4-5, 3-3), 7:30
Lee County visits Athens Drive needing a win to clinch at least the second spot in the conference. Athens Drive has lost its last three games by five points or less. In the last four games between Lee and Athens, the largest margin of victory was eight points.
No. 13 Northern Durham (6-2, 4-1) at No. 19 Southern Durham (5-4, 4-1)
It’s been years since this great rivalry has meant as much as it does this season. Northern has won its last six games and Southern has won its last four.
Harnett Central (2-6, 1-4) at No. 14 Knightdale (6-2, 4-1), 7
Knightdale had a five-game winning streak stopped in a 42-7 loss to Garner last week. The Knights’ Marquavious Johnson averages 124.2 rushing yards. Central’s only Greater Neuse win was against Southeast Raleigh.
No. 15 Clayton (4-1, 6-3) at West Johnston (3-5, 2-3), 7
The Comets are on a four-game winning streak. Clayton is averaging 36.25 points a game during the streak. West’s Justin Carroll is an offensive threat.
No. 17 Chapel Hill (7-2, 2-1) at Southern Vance (4-4, 0-3)
The Tigers need to be careful in Henderson – they’ve struggled in all three road games so far. The home team has won each time since the two old rivals resumed their series in 2009.
Cary (4-4, 3-3) at Green Hope (4-5, 2-4)
It’s senior night for Green Hope and this year’s class can celebrate a possible playoff berth with a win. But that won’t come easy against Cary. Three of Cary’s losses were by seven or fewer points to teams with two or fewer losses. The other loss was a 14-0 defeat at Fuquay-Varina.
Corinth Holders (3-6, 3-2) at Warren County (4-5, 2-3), 7:30
Bunn treated Corinth Holders no differently than it has any other opponent this season, rolling to a lopsided win last week. The Pirates need a positive reaction and are trying to bounce back from their first loss since mid-September.
East Wake (1-8, 1-4) at Smithfield-Selma (1-8, 1-4), 7
The Spartans ran into the Clayton juggernaut last week and couldn’t keep the good vibes coming out of its first win in two-plus seasons. East Wake has had plenty of decent outings but only one win to show for it.
Enloe (1-8, 1-4) at Sanderson (1-8, 0-5), 7
Both teams have struggled this year. Sanderson wants to break a 13-game conference losing streak while Enloe tries to bounce back from a homecoming loss.
Franklinton (7-2, 4-1) at North Johnston (3-6, 2-3), 7:30
Franklinton won six straight before a loss to Bunn two weeks ago. Last week, the Red Rams edged Roanoke Rapids, 30-24. The Panthers were held scoreless – ending a two-game win streak of their own – in a trip to Louisburg last week.
Fuquay-Varina (5-4, 4-3) at Apex (2-6, 1-5), 7:30
This is the last regular-season game for Fuquay-Varina, which is open next week. Based on projections going into this week, a win against Apex could land the Bengals a No. 2 or 3 seed in the 4AA playoffs.
Princeton (2-6,1-2) at Ayden-Grifton (7-1, 3-0), 7:30
Princeton gave Goldsboro, which has an unbeaten record in the league along with Ayden-Grifton, all it wanted for about a half last week. It will take another big effort from the Bulldogs to push the Chargers, a team on a five-game win streak that averages 40 points per night.
North Raleigh Christian (5-2, 2-1) at Wake Christian (2-7, 0-3), 7:30
This might be the ideal week to face the Knights, who are coming off of a historic win over Ravenscroft. John Cook threw for two TDs to lead the NRCA rally. The Bulldogs will have to keep the big pass plays to a minimum.
Panther Creek (1-8, 1-6) at Jordan (1-8, 0-5), 7
Panther Creek has the same overall record as Jordan, but the Catamounts have been more competitive. Jordan has struggled offensively, scoring 10 or more points only twice.
Ravenscroft (4-5, 3-1) at Charlotte Christian (5-3, 2-0), 7:30
The Ravens travel to Charlotte in hopes of bouncing back after allowing a game-changing fourth quarter run against North Raleigh Christian. The Ravens need a win in order to have much hope of being selected for the NCISAA playoffs.
Riverside (0-8, 0-4) at Roxboro Person (2-7, 1-3), 7
Person beat Jordan last week, and Riverside pressed Southern to the limit two weeks ago before losing 27-24. Whoever turns the ball over less is likely to win this one.
South Granville (6-3, 1-1) at Cedar Ridge (1-8, 1-1)
The Vikings are big and physical. They have won two straight since losing in overtime at Carrboro. Cedar Ridge’s only win was against hapless Granville Central.
Word of God (7-1) at Northeast Academy (0-8)
Word of God had a 33-game winning streak stopped last week by Courtland (Va.) Southampton Academy. Word of God has not lost to a North Carolina team in three years.
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