No. 7 Clayton (4-0) at Fuquay-Varina (2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Clayton coach Randy Pinkowski perfectly described this old rivalry early this week when he referred to the contest as going “to an old neighbor’s house.” The Hwy. 42 rivalry dates back more than 50 years and seems to always produce hard-hitting, work-to-earn-everything-you-get battles. This year should be no exception. The last two games have been one-point victories by the Bengals. Fuquay-Varina has won the last six games, but four of the last five have been by seven points or less. Clayton will be playing its first non-Johnston County opponent this season.
No. 14 Panther Creek (2-1) at No. 1 Leesville Road (3-0), 7
The Catamounts have posted back-to-back shutouts after giving up 17 offensive points to powerhouse Wake Forest, which is No. 2 in The News & Observer rankings. Leesville Road and quarterback Braxton Berrios will be Panther Creek’s toughest test yet.
No. 3 Middle Creek (2-1) at No. 11 Wakefield (3-0), 7
The Mustangs have shut down the run, allowing only 66 rushing yards per game, but No. 11 Wakefield’s Evan Brabrand has thrown for 676 yards this season.
Charlotte Country Day (2-1) at No. 4 Hillside (2-1), 7
Hillside, which had been No. 1 in The N&O rankings, could no almost nothing last week on offense in a 24-7 loss to Greensboro Dudley. Charlotte Country Day pounded Buford (S.C.) High 52-0 last week.
Enloe (0-3) at No. 6 Garner (3-1), 7
Garner has relied heavily on runner/receiver Nyheim Hines (880 rushing, 228 receiving yards). Enloe has struggled since dropping its opener to Durham Jordan, 21-20.
Gray’s Creek (3-1) at No. 8 Erwin Triton (4-0), 7:30
Triton had to rally last week to take a 37-21 win over Southern Lee, but has rolled much of the season. Gray’s Creek lost to Fayetteville Pine Forest 23-10 last week.
No. 10 Green Hope (3-1) at Athens Drive (2-2), 7:30
Athens Drive and Green Hope open their Southwest Wake 4A Conference season a week ahead of most teams. Athens Drive, which lost to Leesville Road last week, leads the all-time series 8-5 and has won the last seven. Green Hope has won three straight games this season behind the passing of Luke Massei (928 yards)
No. 13 Southern Durham (1-2) at Northern Durham (0-4), 7
Southern Durham’s losses were to Durham Hillside and Scotland, two of the state’s better teams. Northern Durham has struggled offensively, scoring 24 points in four games.
Cleveland (2-2) at Southern Wayne (2-2), 7:30
Southern Wayne has scored 48 points or more in its two wins and averages just over 40 a game. Cleveland is averaging 33 points a game, but is allowing 42.
Holly Springs (0-3) at Durham Jordan (1-3), 7
The Golden Hawks (0-3) will travel to Durham in search of their first win on the year. Jordan (1-3) has yet to score more than 21 points this year.
Riverside (2-2) at Apex (1-2), 7:30
The Cougars (1-2) host a Riverside (2-2) team that has played three games decided by seven points or less, including last week’s 38-31 win over Cedar Ridge.
Wake Christian (1-3) at Hobbton (0-3), 7:30
The Bulldogs (1-3) and Hobbton Wildcats (0-3) have each lost three straight this season.
Halifax Academy (2-1) at Cary Christian (1-2), 7 p.m.
Halifax Academy (2-1) pays a visit to the Knights (1-2) in what should be an important game for N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 8-man football standings.
Carrboro (3-1) at South Granville (2-1), 7:30
Carrboro, a state 2A finalist in 2012, was in The N&O rankings before being pounded last week by Pittsboro Northwood 41-19. South Granville beat Oxford Webb 42-0 last week.
Chapel Hill (0-3) at East Chapel Hill (1-3), 7
Two of Chapel Hill’s losses are by a total of four points. East Chapel Hill’s win was a 24-21 victory over Cedar Ridge.
Louisburg (2-1) at Bunn (1-3), 7:30
Bunn is starting nine freshmen and sophomores, but is getting better, says Bunn coach David Howle. Louisburg has scored more than 50 points in its two victories.