Heritage (3-0) at East Wake (2-1), 7
The Huskies seem to have found their stride, posting shutouts of 39-0 on Rolesville and 38-0 on defending Greater Neuse River 4A champion Knightdale after starting the season with a 6-point triumph over Holly Springs.
On the other side of the football Friday night will be an East Wake team that gave area power Wake Forest a run for its money (27-18) in week two and overtook another top team in the local standings with its 7-6 edging of Millbrook on Friday.
Warriors quarterback Tripp Harrington (216 yards per game) running back Damontay Rhem (107 yards per game) and receiver Quincy Jackson (154 yards over two games) are all among the list of area leaders in their respective categories.
Heritage gets most its yards from quarterback Blake Walters (161 yards per game) but has a committee of rushers (Matthew Baker and Isaac Burton, three scores each) and receivers (John McCaffity, Gershom Ejoni and Jeff Gemmell, one score each).
Enloe (2-0) at Knightdale (1-2), 7
This one is complicated. The Knights, under first-year coach Cedric Dargan, are trying to rebound from back-to-back losses and get back on track in the wake of the most successful season in school history in 2013.
Enloe, on the other hand, didn’t win a single game last year. The Eagles are now off a 2-0 start, the school’s best since 2008, in the first year for coach Steve Johnson, who helped build a reputable program at Burlington Cummings.
Enloe’s two wins have come by a combined 10 points and the team has scored 17 points this season. Eerily similar, Knightdale has scored a total of 20 points in three games. Two of the Knights’ three scores were taken in by the defense.
Their game Friday could come down to whether or not Knightdale can find a way to get things going on offense.
While the Eagles haven’t blown up the scoreboard, either, Enloe seems to have less problems stirring up a progressive play. The Eagles’ Anthony McEachin has managed to rush for 292 yards and a touchdown in two games. His teammate Camron Lewis added 135 yards and one score in Enloe’s two wins.
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.
Rolesville (0-3) at Wake Forest (3-0), 7
Anything is possible, but the Rams shouldn’t get their hopes up too high as they continue to search for the program’s first win in a week-four meeting with the top-ranked team in Wake County.
Wake Forest is coming off a 48-0 annihilation of Cary and will be looking for one more chance to fine tune things before starting Cap-8 4A play next week.
Any strategy for Rolesville (or any other team facing Wake Forest, for that matter) should include finding a way to limit touches by Cougars standout running back Bryce Love. Love has scored five times in three games and averages 119.3 yards per game.
Rolesville is led by receiver Colby Cooper (23 yards per game).