The CHN Hodgin Cup: East Chapel Hill (0-4) at Chapel Hill (3-0)
This battle for the CHN Hodgin Cup has become lopsided since East won back-to-back meetings with CHHS in 1997 and 1998. Chapel Hill has won 10 in a row, including last year's 26-7 decision, and leads the series 15-3.
The transfer of starting quarterback Connor Stough and wide receiver Arkavious Parks from East to Chapel Hill hasn't help cool the rivalry.
With a big front line, a solid defense and a talented offense, Chapel Hill will be hard to beat this year. To be competitive, East Chapel Hill must find some holes for lightning-quick Amier Alston.
In addition to the winner receiving the CHN Hodgin Cup, named in honor of former coach Bill Hodgin and sponsored by the Chapel Hill News, Friday's game will feature a recognition ceremony at halftime for members of the Chapel Hill-Lincoln High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
Hodgin represents the bridge between the town’s two high schools. He served as head coach at Chapel Hill before heading over to East in 1996 to serve as its first athletics director.
South Granville (1-2) at Carrboro (2-2)
The home team has won this game every year since the series started in 2009 as a meeting between two Carolina-10 Conference teams.
With last year's 43-0 win in Creedmoor, South Granville leads the series 3-2.
This could be a pivotal game for both programs. Carrboro is recovering from 56-14 loss at Northwood, while the Vikings are just now getting on track with a 28-12 win against Granville County rival Oxford Webb.
South Granville took off last Friday, so the Vikings have had an extra week to get ready.
Carrboro has proven it can move the ball. The key for the Jaguars will be stopping South Granville's ground game, led by the running back tandem of Earl Green and Sean Bowman, who average better than 200 yards a game between them.
Bowman was an all-conference selection last year, but Green has emerged as the team’s leading rusher this season.
Cedar Ridge, Northwood and Orange ...
... are all off this Friday, getting an extra week to prep for the start of Big Eight Conference games. Cedar Ridge (2-2) returns to action next week against Cardinal Gibbons (3-1). The big matchup will be in Hillsborough, where the News & Observer’s No. 10-ranked team, Northwood (4-0), will meet No. 5 Orange (4-0).
Northwood currently has the top offense in the Big Eight, producing 436.5 yards of total offense, while scoring an average of 43 points and giving up just 7.25 points per game.
In comparison, Southern Durham, the No. 1 team in the News & Observer rankings, is averaging 30.3 points scored and 13.7 given up, while Orange is scoring 36 a game and giving up 10.