Friday’s football games
Athens Drive at Green Hope
The game kicks off Southwest Wake Athletic Conference play, though the rest of the league won’t get started for another week. Green Hope (3-1) has the league’s top passer, Luke Massei (259.2 yards per game) and top receiver, Bryce Dixon (74.2 per game). The Falcons’ defense has allowed just four first-half touchdowns this year. Athens Drive (1-3) has won eight straight in the series. The Jaguars have lost their last two games by a combined 15 points.
Head-to-head: Athens Drive leads all-time series 9-5.
Wakefield at Middle Creek
Middle Creek (3-0) will have to account for a revived Wakefield (2-1) passing attack. The Wolverines played their first two games without quarterback Matt McKay, but he returned last week to lead the team past Southeast Raleigh 27-6. The Mustangs’ Elijah Perry (156.3 yards per game) leads the SWAC in rushing.
Head-to-head: Wakefield won 34-24 last year.
Apex at Riverside
Riverside’s defense is now allowing 34.2 points per game after last week’s 33-13 win at Cedar Ridge. That’s good news for Apex (2-1), whose offense is averaging 36.7 points per game and coming off a bye week. The Pirates are 1-3 on the year.
Head-to-head: Riverside won 37-31 last year.
Fuquay-Varina at Enloe
For most of the last decade, this is a game the Bengals (1-2) would take lightly and still win by two scores. Not anymore. Enloe (2-1) has been ignited in year one under championship coach Steve Johnson. Fuquay-Varina leads the Triangle with 287.3 yards rushing per game.
Head-to-head: No meetings in last 15 years.
Jordan at Holly Springs
The Golden Hawks (2-1) are allowing just 11.3 points per game this season, and no team has scored more than 14. Barring something drastic, Holly Springs should roll to a 3-1 start as Jordan (0-4) has only topped the 12-point mark once this year.
Head-to-head: Holly Springs won 43-12 last year.
Leesville Road at Panther Creek
This battle of I-540 is usually evenly matched. Panther Creek (2-1) has done all it was expected to do, blowing out winless Rolesville (41-16) and Jordan (41-0) but hanging close to Wake Forest (23-6). Leesville (2-1) seemed to improve drastically after a week two 44-14 loss to Apex.
Head-to-head: Leesville leads all-time series 5-2.
Cary Christian at Halifax Academy (6:30)
The Knights (0-3) will head to Roanoke Rapids in search of their first win.
Head-to-head: Halifax won 56-48 last year.
Hobbton at Wake Christian (7:30)
If the Bulldogs (2-2) can beat Hobbton for the second straight year, a 4-2 start before conference play begins looks likely.
Head-to-head: Wake Christian won 42-26 last year.
All game times are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Player of the Week
Nehemiah Harris, Holly Springs: The senior running back – who missed all of last year with injury – took 23 of his team’s 48 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown in a 17-7 victory against Sanderson.