Northwood at Chapel Hill
A rare Thursday night game at Culton-Peerman Stadium, which will help local fans avid the falderol associated with Halloween celebrations Friday night in Chapel Hill.
Northwood (7-2, 3-2) has won three of its last four games, and, despite a loss to No. 1-ranked Southern Durham, still rates among the Triangle’s top offenses (39.0 ppg) and defenses (9.9 ppg).
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Chapel Hill (7-2, 3-2 Big Eight) has similar numbers on offense (37.2 ppg) and defense (14.2). The Tiger defense looked particularly strong last week in giving Cardinal Gibbons its first shutout loss since 2011.
Update: Northwood won 52-33. See www.newsobserver.com for a full report.
Last year: Northwood, 31-24
Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons
Orange (9-0, 5-0 Big Eight) keeps improving each week. Led by agile and strong outside linebackers Bryse Wilson and Drew Lemaster, the Panther defense was superb last Friday in shutting out Webb.
Cardinal Gibbons (6-3, 3-2) struggled last week on offense – shut out for the first time since a 4A Cary team defeated the Crusaders 19-0 in 2011. But there’s not much doubt about the defense. Gibbons let Chapel Hill start drives inside Crusader territory seven times, but let the Tigers into the endzone just twice.
Last year: Orange, 49-28
at Northern Vance
Cedar Ridge (3-6, 1-4 Big Eight) should reap some benefits this week from the difficult schedule the Red Wolves have slogged through. Northern Vance (1-8, 0-5 Big Eight) has a couple of playmakers, but the Red Wolves match up better at just about every position. Road wins are always challenging, so this is no ‘gimme’ for Cedar Ridge.
Last year: Cedar Ridge, 39-34
Carrboro at Graham
Carrboro (3-6, 1-2 Mid-State) should be able to move the ball Friday. Every (4-4, 1-2) Red Devil opponent except the 1A Atkins Camels have put at least 30 points on the board against Graham.
Last year: Graham 41-13
E. Chapel Hill at Hillside
East Chapel Hill (0-11, 0-5 PAC), with a roster down to 19 players, has forfeited its remaining football games.
That means that Hillside (6-4, 4-0 PAC) has won 32 consecutive wins in PAC-6 games, counting Friday’s 1-0 win against East Chapel Hill.
Last year: Hillside, 52-0