Clayton (2-1) at Smithfield-Selma (1-2), 7:30
Another week, another big rivalry game for the Comets. This one, against Smithfield-Selma, is the oldest one, obviously, amongst Cleveland, South Johnston and Corinth Holders.
The Spartans are no longer a team looking for singular wins but one ready to take that next step and get back to the days when wins weren’t a rarity for the blue and gold.
Rivalry games tend to bring out the best in both teams, as it did last year and has done many times in the past.
The Spartans’ offense will need to be ready to challenge a Comet defense that has been much improved over the past two weeks.
Clayton gave up 204 yards rushing to South in the first half last week, but held the Trojans to 47 second-half yards on the ground.
Last Year: Clayton, 37-23
Corinth Holders (1-2) at Bunn (2-1), 7:30
Corinth Holders will certainly go into Wildcat land with a target on its chest after last year’s win over the Wildcats. Bunn is expected to be one of the better 2A teams in the area this season with a bevy of speedy running options. Four Wildcats have rushed for more than 150 yards this season, led by Thomas Jones.
The Pirates will look to take advantage of its passing game, led by veteran quarterback Cole Sakowski.
Last Year: Corinth Holders, 21-10
Green Hope (3-0) at Cleveland (2-!), 7:30
Cleveland has won two of three even though it allows 49 points a game. Green Hope’s passing game is one of the most efficient in the state so the Rams’ defense will get another big test. Luke Massei has thrown for 726 yards. He has three potent targets in Bryce Dixon, Daniel Grestch and Javon Galloway. The Falcons are coached by former West Johnston head coach Kwame Dixon.
Last Year: Green Hope, 49-28
Former Princeton Coach at the Johnston County Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2010. Princeton will rename its football field Harvey Brooks Field in honor of the veteran coach at halftime of its game this week against North Johnston.
“There are a lot of people in this world who know more X’s and O’s than I do. But nobody loved it any more than I did. I’d give everything I have to be back out on that football field one more time.” Compiled by D. Clay Best and Michael Held