Hobbton (0-3) at Wake Christian (2-2), 7
Hobbton has had a hard time scoring so far this season, averaging just six points each Friday night. It will be the Bulldogs’ second straight contest against a Carolina 1A Conference opponent. WCA battled through weather delays to down Spring Creek, 27-6, last week.
Last Year: Wake Christian, 42-26
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Princeton (4-0) at Clinton Union (1-2), 7:30
Don’t look now, but Princeton’s developing a pretty notable defense to go along with its high-powered, star studded offense (45.2 PPG). After allowing 42 points in their opening game, the Bulldogs have given up just 21 points in their last three contests. So a shootout like the one these two teams played a season ago would be a bit of a surprise.
Union is coming off of its first victory of the season — a 21-0 decision over Hobbton.
Last Year: Princeton, 42-41
Southern Wayne (1-3) at Cleveland (3-1), 7:30
Two former Eastern Carolina 3A Conference foes get back together this week with the Saints visiting a place that usually brings a lot of points on the Cleveland side of the scoreboard: the Rams’ home stadium. Cleveland is averaging 48.7 points an outing at home this season and has scored at least two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters of those games.
Southern has put up just 56 points in its four games this season.
Last Year: Cleveland, 37-0
C.B. Aycock (3-1) at Corinth Holders (2-2), 7:30
Both teams are on two-game win streaks entering this one. The Golden Falcons are a touchdown away from being 4-0. (A 27-20 loss to Greene Central is their only number on the right side of the W-L ledger.)
Corinth Holders has found its scoring touch in the past two games, establishing a very balanced rushing and passing attack. The Pirates ran for 258 and threw for 244 in their big win over Bunn last week, for example.
Last Year: Corinth Holders, 26-21
South Johnston (1-3) at Fayetteville Cape Fear (3-1), 7:30
It took a little while for South’s offense to get rolling on homecoming night but it came around wonderfully in a 42-28 victory over Red Springs giving the Trojans their first win under head coach Hunter Jenks.
South will visit a Cape Fear team coming off of its first loss of the season this week.
Last Year: Cape Fear, 33-7
Lakewood (2-2) at North Johnston (0-4), 7:30
Both of these teams have struggled to put points on the board this season. Lakewood hasn’t topped the 14-point mark this season, averaging nine points a night. North put up 21 in its opener against Louisburg but has scored just 14 points in three games since. The team that finds a little more offensive success than normal wins.
Last Year: Lakewood, 21-7
Smithfield-Selma at Wilson Fike, 7:30
Smithfield-Selma has put some points on the board with more consistency than it did last year through a month of the 2014 season. The Spartans will need to continue that trend to have a chance against Fike. The Golden Demons are allowing just 7.75 points a game and no opponent has scored more than a dozen against the state’s 10th-ranked 3A team.
Last Year: Fike, 38-0
Idle this week
Garner (3-1), Clayton (3-1), West Johnston (3-1), Southeast Raleigh (1-3)
Local standouts, teams among the area leaders
Some familiar names are making their way back to the top of the Triangle area statistical listings. Garner senior back Nyheim Hines is second in rushing with 683 yards in four games, while Clayton’s Eric Hoy and Cleveland’s Aaron Farmer both rank high in all passing categories.
Hoy leads the area in passing efficiency with a rating of 217.2 on 10 TD passes with only four interceptions, 640 yards passing and a completion percentage of 62.7. He also ranks in the top 10 in rushing yardage (583). West Johnston’s Cameron Williams is second in passing effiency (190.5) with 5 TD passes and no interceptions.
Farmer is second in passing yards with 933 and fourth in efficiency (171.2). Princeton’s Michael Wooten also ranks in the top 10 efficiency numbers.
Clayton junior Blake Joyner has an area high 403 yards receiving. He’s among a big group of receivers — along with West Johnston’s Tyrone Jones — with four touchdown receptions.
Johnny Frasier of Princeton is tied for third in the area with nine rushing touchdowns.
Princeton (45.2) and Garner (44.0) rank 1-2 in scoring average, while Cleveland is third at 41.8. The Rams have an area-high 1,084 team rushing yards through a month of the season. Garner is a close second with 1,071. West Johnston is fourth in passing offense.
To view the full listing of area football statistical leaders, visit nando.com/preps and click on the Top Numbers tab.