Chapel Hill (5-1, 1-1) at
Northern Vance (1-5, 0-2)
With a solid quarterback in Kristopher Haywood, the Vikings have improved some under coaach Eric Watkins, but they’ve been through a meat grinder for the past two weeks and lost big to No. 1 ranked Orange and No. 5 ranked Orange. Chapel Hill shouldn’t be fooled by Northern’s record; the Vikings were winless last year but still played down to the wire at Culton-Peerman Stadium.
Bartlett Yancey (0-6)
at Carrboro (2-4)
The hard-luck Jaguars are looking to get out of a four-game skid, and Bartlett Yancey represents an opportunity to do just that. The defiantly optimistic Buccaneers started this season with high hopes and new head coach – former Riverside defensive coordinator Lamont Robinson – but there are no easy fixes for a program that hasn’t had a winning season this century. Bartlett Yancey has lost 14 straight, going back to last year.
No. 5 Orange (6-0, 2-0)
at Cedar Ridge (2-4, 0-2)
Despite the homefield advantage for Cedar Ridge, the Panthers have to be favored in this game. Ranked No. 5 in the state last week by AP, Orange allows opponnets an average of just 10 points a game and beats them by a margin of 25.8 points a contest.
But that that doesn’t mean this rivalry game will be a runaway. The Red Wolves have hung tough with most opponents, and they’ll play this one the same way – or even tougher.
Northwood (5-1, 1-1) at
Oxford Webb (2-4, 0-2)
The Warriors have played some good defense – holding Cardinal Gibbons to negative yards rushing last week – but have struggled on offense; Webb has been shut out in its past two games. Bad news for the Warriors: Northwood has the best scoring defense (8.2 ppg) in the powerful Big Eight Conference.
East Chapel Hill (0-6, 0-0)
at Riverside (1-5, 0-0)
Riverside needs to get back on track after two straight losses. East Chapel Hill, with its lean roster, is simply trying to get its first win for first-year head coach Mike Holderman. Both teams have struggled to stop opponents.
Riverside holds the pre-game edge on this one, due to its offense, its performances against some top-quality opponents and the home field advantage at Linny Wrenn Stadium.