Cardinal Gibbons (5-1, 2-0)
at No. 1 Southern (6-0, 2-0)
After just two weeks of conference play, this is the meeting of the Big Eight’s last two teams undefeated in the league games.
Cardinal Gibbons QB Anton Stoneking has played well since erstwhile starter Logan Washle was injured at Cedar Ridge, and the Crusaders still have an excellent passing attack, but they will be facing the Big Eight’s best pass rush and quickest defensive backs.
On offense, top-ranked Southern has been unstoppable with QB Kendall Hinton running the show; the Spartans have averaged 37.7 points per game.
Southern has won 19 straight games – 17 straight against conference opponents, going back to its days in the 4A PAC-6.
Last year: Southern, 45-28
Hillside (1-4, 0-0)
at Jordan (0-6, 0-0)
Entering the PAC-6 portion of its 2014 schedule after a week off, Hillside has been a bit like an accident survivor on the mend, taking small steps toward recovery. After a 1-4 start against a series of conference and state champions, the Hornets looked like themselves in a 47-0 beatdown of Nash Central.
Jordan, which has lost 15 straight games, has struggled on offense, getting out-scored 56-226 in its first six contests.
Last year: Hillside, 53-0
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 defenses 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.
Last year: Riverside, 42-10
Northern Durham (0-6)
at Roxboro Person (1-5)
At some point, Northern’s impossibly difficult schedule will start to pay dividends. The Knights have faced the likes of defending state champions like Greensboro Dudley and Southern Durham, plus an AP top-10 team like Orange. Getting into PAC-6 play at Roxboro might seem like a vacation for Northern.
The Rockets have been managing without injured all-PAC-6 running back Taymon Smith (shoulder) by getting wideout Corey Young to split time in the backfield with Tyrique Wright. But, after an open date last week, Smith might be back for this game.
Last year: Northern, 21-14
Kestral Heights (2-5) vs. Forsyth Country Day (0-5)
Hats off to Kestral Heights for defeating the home-schooled Greensboro Panthers club, 34-14, last Friday at Hester Park. That was the Hawks' second road win of the year and marks the first time Kestral Heights has won away from home twice in one season.