Thursday’s football games:
Holly Springs at Panther Creek
Don’t show up to the Catamounts’ home field on Halloween. Everyone already will have gotten ghosts by then. The pressure could be mounting for Panther Creek, who will win the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference if it wins. Holly Springs, like many other SWAC teams, is dangerous if it doesn’t turn the ball over. The Golden Hawks’ four losses are by eight points or less.
Head-to-head: Panther Creek leads all-time series 4-3.
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Friday’s football games:
Apex at Green Hope
You’d have to go back to 2004 to find the last time the Cougars and Falcons met with big conference implications on the line. Green Hope can’t look ahead to the following week if they still want a chance to win the SWAC. Apex can spoil their plans with a win.
Head-to-head: Apex leads all-time series 11-4.
Athens Drive at Fuquay-Varina
The Jaguars appear to have turned around their season. Athens Drive won two straight before giving Middle Creek a scare in a 24-21 loss. Two more wins, and they’ll make their way back to the playoffs. Fuquay-Varina’s defense has come alive in the last two weeks, allowing just 16 points. Fuquay has won six straight in the series.
Head-to-head: Fuquay-Varina leads series 8-1 since 2004 .
Cary at Middle Creek
Winless Cary is coming off its best game of the season thus far, a 21-7 loss to Fuquay-Varina. Middle Creek hasn’t clicked on offense in the last three weeks.
Head-to-head: Middle Creek leads all-time series 6-5.
Orange at Cardinal Gibbons
Gibbons (6-2, 3-2) continues to run the gaunlet of the Big Eight Conference. With just 93 yards of total offense last week against Chapel Hill, the Crusaders must rebound against state-ranked Orange (9-0, 5-0).
Head-to-head: Cardinal Gibbons leads all-time series 5-4.
Cary Christian at Arendell Parrott
The 7-seed Knights (3-6) hit the road, bound for Kinston in the first round of NCISAA 8-man football playoffs at 8-1 Arendell Parrott.
Head-to-head: Arendell Parrott won 50-14 earlier this year.
Wake Christian at Cannon School*
The Bulldogs (7-3, 2-1) will end the regular season in Concord, where Cannon School is 4-5.
Head-to-head: Wake Christian won 7-0 last year.
Wake Christian games are at 7:30 p.m. All others are 7 p.m.
Player of the Week
Brenden Magner, Panther Creek: With four touchdown passes in a 35-28 win against Apex, Magner is playing with the poise you’d expect from a three-year starter. He was 15-of-26 for 310 yards.
1. Panther Creek, 8-1 (5-0)
2. Green Hope, 7-2 (4-1)
3. Middle Creek, 7-2 (3-2)
T4. Apex 5-4 (2-3)
T4. Athens Drive, 3-6 (2-3)
T4. Fuquay-Varina, 4-5 (2-3)
T4. Holly Springs, 5-4 (2-3)
8. Cary, 0-9 (0-5)
We have two corrections from the last week.
In Green Hope’s 20-17 win against Holly Springs last Friday, Conner Redick caught the eventual game-winner, not Matt Duckworth.
The week before, in Cary’s 40-10 loss to Apex, Mitchell Steiner had the interception, not Daniel Thompson.