No. 1 Garner (10-0, 6-0) at
Harnett Central (3-6, 2-4), 7
Garner has tried to get back to its strengths this week in practice, namely running the ball. The run game wasn’t up to its usual standard last week against Southeast Raleigh. Central allows 25.9 points per game. Garner usually scores about 40.
No. 2 Leesville (9-0, 6-0) at
No. 4 WF-Rolesville (9-1, 5-1), 7
Wake Forest-Rolesville has a chance to unseat Leesville Road as the Cap Eight’s top team. The Pride is undefeated and the Cougars are tied for second with Wakefield. Leesville averages 40.9 points and allows 15.6. The Pride rushes for 336.3 yards per game, led by Braxton Berrios’ 894 yards. WFR gets 38.4 points per game and gives up 13.9. The Cougars run for 266.5 yards, led by Bryce Love, who has 852 rushing yards.
No. 3 Wakefield (9-1, 5-1)
at No. 18 Heritage (6-4, 4-2), 7
Heritage gave undefeated Leesville Road some trouble last week but eventually fell, knocking the Huskies out of the Cap Eight’s second-place race. Last week Wakefield’s Connor Mitch passed for 667 yards and nine touchdowns, both state records.
Apex (2-7, 1-6) at
No. 5 Middle Creek (9-1, 7-0), 7:30
Middle Creek has clinched the Tri-Nine 4A regular-season championship, but needs a win to remain in the hunt for the top seed in the 4AA East playoff bracket. Middle Creek quarterback David Salmon has passed for 2,434 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Oxford Webb (3-7, 2-2)
at No. 6 Cardinal Gibbons (9-0, 4-0), 7:30
The undefeated Crusaders come off of a huge win over No. 12 Orange to face Oxford Webb in conference play. Gibbons’ Shawn Stankavage has passed for 1,511 yards.
No. 7 Triton (9-0, 5-0) at
No. 19 South Johnston (7-2, 4-1), 7:30
South Johnston gets a stern test with the unbeaten Hawks coming to town. Triton’s Dedrick Stacker leads a running attack on offense that keeps defenses guessing. South was great on defense at times last week in a loss to Cleveland, the Trojan defenders face another tall task.
Southern Lee (2-8)
at No. 8 Cleveland (9-1), 7:30
The Rams finish off their regular-season schedule hosting Southern in a non-conference game. The Cavaliers are giving up 40 points a night and Cleveland averages more than 45 a night.
No. 9 Hillside (7-2, 5-0) at No. 17 Northern Durham (6-3, 4-1)
This Durham County Stadium game will decide who wins the PAC-6 championship and the league’s top spot in the NCHSAA playoffs. Hillside has won six straight and Northern is in a foul mood after losing a heart-breaker last week to Southern. Hillside has UNC recruit Khris Francis and nimble quarterback Cinco Simmons, while Northern’s running game is led by Kylyn Flemming, one of the area’s top rushers.
Providence Grove (4-6, 2-4)
at No. 10 Carrboro (10-0, 4-0)
Carrboro presents every opponent with multiple problems: a varied offense that moves the ball well on the ground and in the air, and a quality defense that allows 15.8 points a game. Providence Grove has been OK on offense, but has yielded 34 points a game to its last five opponents.
Holly Springs (4-5, 3-4)
at No. 11 Lee (7-3, 5-2), 7:30
Lee can land the No. 2 seed from the Tri-Nine 4A with a win. A three-way tie with Fuquay-Varina and Athens Drive is possible if the Jackets falter.
No. 12 Orange at No. 16 Chapel Hill, 7:30
Both teams see this as a must win. Each lost to undefeated Cardinal Gibbons, and the winner of this game gets second place in the Carolina 3A Conference. Both are playing excellent football as they head into the final week.
No. 13 Knightdale (7-2, 5-1)
at No. 14 Clayton (7-3, 5-1), 7
This is a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference battle for second place and a likely first round home playoff date next week. Knightdale is led by Marquavious Johnson (129 ypg) and Clayton is paced by Tam Barbour (110.7) and Ced Harris (75.5). Neither team has lost (outside of their meetings with Garner) since September.
Cedar Ridge (1-9, 1-2) at Northwood (5-5, 1-2)
Northwood’s key is avoiding mistakes. Northwood has averaged 34.4 points over the last four weeks. Cedar Ridge has been giving up 34 points a game this year.
Millbrook (2-8, 1-5)
at Enloe (1-9, 1-5)
Enloe wants to send its seniors out on a high note. Millbrook has lost three straight. Both teams want their second Cap Eight win of the year.
North Johnston (3-7, 2-4)
at Corinth Holders (4-6, 4-2), 7:30
The Pirates claimed a huge win over Warren County last week (40-36), making a third place finish in the Northern Carolina 2A Conference a certainty. But beating the rival Panthers would be a perfect way to finish off a great last five weeks for Corinth Holders.
Rocky Mount Academy (4-5))
at Word of God (8-1), 7:30
Word of God, the 2011 NCISAA eight-man football state champion, handled Coach B.W. Holt’s team 54-0 in their regular season meeting. The first-round playoff game is scheduled for Wilder’s Grove Community Center.
Rosewood (2-7, 1-3)
at Princeton (2-7, 1-3), 7:30
Rosewood came within a point of upsetting North Duplin last week, falling 42-41. The teams are playing for fourth place in the Carolina 1A Conference and this is Princeton vs. Rosewood so bragging rights are important.
Roxboro Person (3-7, 2-3) at
East Chapel Hill (4-5, 2-3), 7:30
Person has won back-to-back conference games while East has lost three straight. That leaves both on the cusp of qualifying for the NCHSAA playoffs. The Wildcats haven’t made the playoffs since moving into the 4A classification.
Sanderson (2-8, 1-5)
at Broughton (1-9, 1-5), 7
Sanderson got its first conference win of the season last week while Broughton stayed close to Wakefield for the first half before becoming part of Wakefield’s record-breaking night in a 70-42 loss. Both teams will look for their second conference win in the last week of the regular season.
Smithfield-Selma (0-10, 0-6)
at Southeast Raleigh (5-5, 2-4), 7
Southeast Raleigh goes for a winning record and fourth place in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference with a win. The Bulldogs have the tiebreaker on West Johnston and East Wake, so although they’ll be tied with whoever wins that game, Southeast will be seeded higher if it wins.
Wake Christian (2-8)
at Village Christian (2-7), 7:30
Somebody’s going to end their season on an up note. Village Christian has lost five in a row, while the Bulldogs are on a four-game skid.
West Johnston (3-6, 2-4)
at East Wake (2-8, 2-4), 7
East Wake and West Johnston are tied for fourth in the Greater Neuse with Southeast Raleigh.
Harrells (7-2, 4-0)
at Ravenscroft (4-6, 3-1), 7:30
The Ravens will look to snap a two-game losing streak against a Harrells Academy team that hasn’t dropped a league game.
St. David’s (4-5)
at Cary Christian (6-3), 7:30
St. David’s, the No. 5 seed in the NCISAA eight-man football playoffs, defeated Cary Christian 35-28 during the regular season. Cary Christian is the No. 4 seed.